The npower Kids Cup Finalists made history at Wembley Stadium today by becoming the first two teams to play with the roof fully opened for a match at the national stadium.
In the second consecutive sweltering day at the npower Play-Off Finals the crowd saw Bristol Rovers and Macclesfield Town go head-to-head - after Brentford took the spoils in the League 1 version of the event on Saturday afternoon.
Stanbridge Primary School, representing Bristol Rovers, and Norbury Hall Primary School, representing Macclesfield Town, started their journey to Wembley in September, successfully progressing through each stage of the U11s tournament to make it through to the showpiece final.
After staying over in Wembley, both teams were given a behind the scenes private tour of the national stadium ahead of their big game - taking in the dressing rooms and walking through the famous tunnel. Both clubs then returned to their respective changing rooms to don their club kits, ready to walk out on the hallowed Wembley turf.
From the first whistle the teams demonstrated impressive footballing skills. A fantastic early shot from Bristol Rovers' Daniel Brooks tested Macclesfield's goalkeeper, Matthew Barnes, who pulled off a great save. Moments later, Macclesfield captain Ethan Laird weaved through the Bristol defence, attacking their goal with a powerful shot which went just wide.
The scored remained 0-0 at half-time and well into the second half. As the sun beat down at Wembley Stadium, the match seemed bound for penalties. Right up to the final whistle, the football played by both teams was an excellent showcase of the young talent played by schoolchildren across England and Wales throughout the tournament.
At full-time the score remained level leaving the winning team to be decided by penalties. After a dramatic shootout, which saw 14 penalties taken, Bristol Rover's Stanbridge Primary School emerged victorious - winning 7-6. After receiving medals and trophies, both teams then led out the npower League 2 Play-Off Finalist teams, Cheltenham Town and Crewe Alexandra.
The Football League would like to congratulate both teams for reaching the npower Kids Cup Final and thank npower for their support throughout the competition.
The npower Kids Cup is a competition for U11 schoolchildren with the opportunity to represent your local Football League club at Wembley Stadium before a showpiece final.
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The two captains are asked questions in a press conference before the game
The Macclesfield Town players