Woodlands Primary School footballers to represent Norwich City at Anfield

Anfield date: Woodlands Primary.

Anfield date: Woodlands Primary. - Credit: Archant

Woodlands Primary School will have the honour of representing Norwich City Football Club at the Premier League Schools Cup in May.

The tournament, played at Anfield, Liverpool FC, will feature one representative from each of the 20 Premier League clubs.

Woodlands will don the famous yellow and green after emerging ahead of 71 other Norfolk schools in the Community Sports Foundation U11 Schools Cup.

The day began as it would eventually end, with Woodlands facing Firside Junior School in their opening group game.

This match would end all square at 2-2, ensuring both teams opened their campaigns with a point.

In their second group match against Drayton Primary, Woodlands lay down the gauntlet with a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

Horsford Primary were next to test themselves against Woodlands, but were unable to find a breakthrough. Woodlands made it seven points from nine thanks to a 2-0 victory.

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The semi-finals were in sight, they needed one win from their final two group games.

Costessey Junior went into the next game as heavy underdogs, having collected a solitary point from their opening four matches, with Woodlands on seven from three. The form guide, however, was overturned, with Costessey running out 2-0 winners.

Semi-final qualification rested on the final group game against tournament holders Robert Kett Junior School. With both teams on seven points, and Firside already through, the victor would make the semi-final.

Robert Kett took a 1-0 lead into half time, before the boys from Woodlands surged back to take the game 2-1, and knock out the defending champions.

The semis promised to be a near impossible affair, facing a White Woman Lane School with five wins, 0 defeats, 17 goals scored and 0 goals conceded to their name.

Woodlands, however had other ideas. A hard fought, intense 1-0 victory booked their place in the final.

They would end as they began, facing Firside Junior in the final.

With a large crowd watching, the pressure was very much on.

In another close encounter, Woodland’s girls took a 1-0 lead into half time.

Unfortunately the boys were not able to hold on in the second half, and the final finished 1-1.

In extra time Abigail Bell completed a hat-trick to give Woodlands a deserved 3-1 victory, and epic celebrations ensued.