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Another memorable Wembley triumph for team representing Wimbledon

Cleves School earn more glory at the national stadium

30 May 2018

An impressive first-half performance at Wembley sealed glory once again for young footballers from Cleves School.

Representing AFC Wimbledon, Cleves had marched all the way through to the EFL Kids Cup Final after winning the opening round hosted by the club's Foundation. And they certainly hit top form on the big stage in Sunday's final, played for the League One Play-Off Final between Shrewsbury and Rotherham.

Joshual Lewis struck twice and Sami Holmes was also on target to establish a 3-0 half-time lead for the Weybridge-based school against South Failsworth Primary and there was no way back for the team representing Oldham Athletic.

It meant a second EFL Kids Cup victory in three years for Cleves School after their win in 2016 before Wimbledon's play-off final victory against Plymouth Argyle.

"We had a game-plan, which was executed perfectly, but most importantly they enjoyed their football and you can see that in how they played," said Cleves School teacher Mr Smith after the 3-0 win.

"We've been very lucky and this is our second time at Wembley, so it creates an ethos around the school. The other schoolchildren see these boys playing at this level and they want to be part of it.

"The competition format is fabulous and the EFL have been great from the word go, as have AFC Wimbledon who have supported us all the way. It's an excellent competition and to finish it off at Wembley is amazing."

Oliver Swetman, who opened the scoring for AFC Wimbledon, added: "It's amazing. Wembley is one of the greatest stadiums in the world and it's a dream to score there with so many people watching me."

Nearly 15,000 youngsters and over 1,800 schools participated in six-a-side tournaments organised on behalf of the EFL and EFL Trust in the past season, with the 72 EFL clubs firstly split into three divisions, in line with the club's status, before being again split into two groups, north and south.

The six winners of the northern and southern finals in each respective division were then given the opportunity to be crowned Kids Cup champions at Wembley, before their represented division's Play-Off Final.

All at AFC Wimbledon congratulate Cleves School on another stunning victory at Wembley.

AFC Wimbledon (Cleves School): 11. Edward Roberts (captain), 1. Samuel Honour (goalkeeper), 3. Ben Vigrass, 6. Frank Vigrass, 7. Joshua Lewis, 8. Oliver Swetman, 10. Sami Holmes, 17. Charlie Davidson.


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