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Roseacre Junior School

Roseacre reach next stage of national cup

Roseacre Junior School are through to the southern final of the National League Trust Under 11s Cup.

Representing Maidstone United at the regional heat in Sutton yesterday, the team went unbeaten – winning five of six matches – and did so without conceding a goal.

In a penalty shoot-out after the final game, the school Stones won 3-2.

The boys will now be up against primary schools representing Dagenham & Redbridge, Dartford, Leyton Orient, Maidenhead United and Oxford City in the penultimate stage of the competition, which will be held at Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park at the end of April.

Stones boss Jay Saunders, a former pupil at Roseacre, said: “I am delighted for the boys who were superb at the first tournament at the Gallagher and again at Sutton for the regionals.

“They’re now a tournament away from playing at Wembley and I know everyone at the club will be rooting for them and wishing them every success.”

Ahead of that final, Jay and a couple of first teamers will be putting on a coaching session for the players.

Wateringbury Primary, who won the Maidstone girls’ tournament, went out of the competition yesterday but congratulations to them on getting to the regional stage.

The National League Trust Under 11s Cup is now in its second year. It gives primary school children from across the country the chance to take part in six-a-side tournaments, with the prize of playing the final at the home of football, as part of the Vanarama Big Day Out in May.

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