The four national champions at Under 13 Boys, Under 14 Girls and Under 16 Girls level will gather at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s stadium this Sunday for the prestigious Tesco Cup UK Finals Day.
English champions Staplehurst Monarchs, Scottish champions Fauldhouse Foxes and Welsh champions Ysceifiog Wolves JFC – whose websites are all powered by Club Website – will compete for the title of UK champions in the Under 13 Boys competition, while Sion Swifts will be representing Northern Ireland in the Under 16s Girls category.
Kent County Cup winners Staplehurst Monarchs outdid 3,600 teams from across England by qualifying through regional finals to reach the English National Finals Day at Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium two weeks ago.
Standing in their way on Sunday will be semi-final opponents Fauldhouse Foxes, who won the Scottish Youth FA Cup at Airdrie United’s Excelsior Stadium last month.
Hoping to meet the winners in the final will be Ysciefiog Wolves, who arrive at St Andrew’s after a “dream season” in which they won a stunning 31 games out of 31, scoring 179 goals and conceding just five in the process.
With the Clwyd Junior League title, North Wales Coast Cup and Clwyd League Cup in the bag, Wolves saw off the best teams in Wales at Newtown FC’s Latham Park to claim the title of Welsh champions and book their place at the Tesco Cup UK Finals.
With three of the four semi-final places taken care of, there’s a fair chance that a Club Website team will be hailed as the best under 13s boys team in the UK by Sunday evening, something that Sion Swifts will be hoping for in the Under 16s Girls competition.
Having been crowned Northern Ireland Tesco Cup Champions for the third consecutive year, the Swifts take on Manchester City Girls in a repeat of their semi-final clash at the 2009 Under 14s Tesco Cup at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.
The English champions ran out 2-0 winners that day but the Swifts will be hoping to turn the tables this time around and give themselves a shot at glory against either Scottish champions Celtic Girls or Welsh champions Mardy Tigers.
Club Website will bring you results and reaction from the Tesco Cup next week.
Congratulations from all of us here at Club Website to all of the teams on reaching the Tesco Cup UK Finals. It’s a fantastic achievement just to get there and playing at a Premier League stadium is something that most amateur footballers can only dream of so good luck, give it your best shot and, most importantly of all, enjoy the day!
Tesco Cup Finals: Semi-final draw
Under 16 Girls
Manchester City Ladies (Eng) v Sion Swifts (NI)
Mardy Tigers (Wal) v Celtic Girls (Sco)
Under 14 Girls
Southampton Saints (Eng) v Bethel Girls (Wales)
Cappagh Spurs (NI) v Hibs Girls (Sco)