Un­der 11s town’s first into fi­nal

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SCHOOLS FOOT­BALL

HIS­TORY was made last week at the Academy of Light, Sun­der­land as Mac­cles­field & District FA Schools U11 foot­ball team spon­sored by the Chrome Mo­tor Group reached the Na­tional Fi­nals of the ESFA Danone Na­tions Cup.

Re­sound­ing vic­to­ries for Mac­cles­field over Mid­dles­brough, East Northum­ber­land and Pre­ston en­sured the Cheshire cham­pi­ons safe pas­sage through to the knock­out stages of the North­ern Fi­nals as group win­ners with a game to spare, whilst also beat­ing off last year’s na­tional cham­pi­ons Leeds to clinch top spot in Group 2.

Mac­cles­field’s thrilling 3-1 semi-fi­nal win against Sun­der­land means the jour­ney con­tin­ues for this tal­ented group of young­sters, through to the last eight in Eng­land, Mac­cles­field now com­pete at the Na­tional Fi­nals. Vic­tory here would see them crowned na­tional cham­pi­ons and the win­ners would also be in­vited to rep­re­sent Eng­land at the Danone World Fi­nal in Paris later this year.

The English leg of the world’s big­gest foot­ball tour­na­ment for 10-11 year old’s, the Danone Na­tions Cup will be hold­ing this year’s Na­tional fi­nals at Le­ices­ter City Foot­ball Club’s King Power Sta­dium.

For­mer Tot­ten­ham, Liver­pool and Eng­land cen­ter back John Scales, am­bas­sador of the tour­na­ment said: “The mantra of the Danone Na­tions Cup is ‘be­lieve in your dreams’, how fit­ting it will be to see the fi­nal at the Foxes ground where the team in pole po­si­tion in the Premier League are cur­rently do­ing just that, be­liev­ing in their dreams.

Cheshire and Mac­cles­field Schools FA sec­re­tary John Clark said: “To reach the fi­nals of the ESFA Danone U11 inter-as­so­ci­a­tion Tro­phy is a tremen­dous achieve­ment es­pe­cially given that we are a small as­so­ci­a­tion.

“The play­ers and team man­age­ment should be con­grat­u­lated on their suc­cess which has been thor­oughly de­served.

“This is the first time that a district team from our area has reached the fi­nal stages of a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion and I’m sure that any­one with an in­ter­est in lo­cal schools foot­ball will wish the team every suc­cess at Le­ices­ter on 22 May.”

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