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Sunday 09 May 2010
U13 Tesco Cup - National Championship

YMCA Lytham St.Annes    0 - 2    AFC Wimbledon

Match report

After winning the Southern area Final by beating London, Oxfordshire, Kent, Sussex and Essex, AFC Wimbledon under 13ís travelled to Derby County FC, Pride Park to represent the Surrey Football Association in the National English Finals.

The day started really well with a victory against the South West Champions Laverstock who were representing Wiltshire. Goals from Egli Kaja and Jake Gill secured a place in the Final against Lytham Saint Annes from Lancashire.

The game was very tense with over 500 fans watching from the stand but the Wimbledon started really well and continued to use their passing game to create chance after chance. The deadlock was broken half way through the first half with a great move that involved 10 passes and had Jack Watret crossing for Patrick Roberts to finish at the far post.

Wimbledon controlled the game with slick passing moves and although Lytham nearly scored with five minutes to go, it was all wrapped up when Jake Gill broke through to put the Dons two goals to the good. This meant that after 5000 teams had entered the competition it was AFC Wimbledon that lifted the trophy to become the Champions of England. They now go on to represent England against Ireland, Scotland and Wales at Bolton Wanderers FC, The Reebok next week.

With QPR and West Ham winning the other age groups it was a fantastic achievement by these under 13 boys from Surrey, especially as their open passing game gained many admirers from onlookers all over the country. This success, along with already winning the treble this season means that the team have won their last 66 games, scoring 283 goals.

There was further recognition for Wimbledonís attractive and open football with Patrick Roberts and Jake Watret picking up the best forward and best defender of the day awards.