Last Monday saw the Regional Finals of the National League Trust U11’s Cup 2019 take place at Power League in Stockport.
After staging the local phase of the Cup at Stalybridge Celtic FC, the club were confident of doing well with both the local Girls and Boys school teams.
The Girls competition started at 9.30am with Arlies Primary School (Stalybridge) representing the club, playing against schools representing Stockport County FC, Chester FC, Altrincham FC, Southport FC and Wrexham AFC.
A disappointing morning was to follow for the girls, who played well with great enthusiasm but lost all five fixtures, therefore not progressing to the Semi-Finals.
In the afternoon the competition was joined by Stalyhill Junior School (Stalybridge) for the Boys Cup.
After drawing with Stockport County FC, 2-2, the boys won their other fixtures (v Macclesfield Town FC, Altrincham FC and Curzon Ashton FC) to meet Chester FC in the semi-final, again winning that match and meeting Stockport County FC in the Final, winning 1-0 to be crowned Regional Final Champions!
Stalyhill Juniors will now attend the National Final (North) during March to win a place in the Grand Final on 11th May 2019 which will be held at Wembley Stadium prior to the National League Play Off Final.
Mike Smith, Community Development Officer at Stalybridge Celtic said, “Well done to everyone who pulled on a Stalybridge Celtic FC shirt, you did the club, school and yourselves proud. I felt for the girls as they played, despite losing, they kept going and always played with a smile….well done girls. Congratulations to Stalyhill Juniors, a great achievement in winning the Regional Finals, let’s hope you can get us all a trip under the Wembley arch on 11th May, in the Final!’