Oldham Athletic, represented by South Failsworth, won this year’s EFL Kids Cup League Two Grand Final following a fantastic game at Wembley Stadium.

Two first-half goals from the Latics’ no.6, Stephen Maylett, saw them beat Broadclyst Community Primary, who were representing Exeter City, under the iconic arch.

It was a game after which both sets of players can be proud of their performances, but Maylett’s strikes proved decisive.

His first came from close range within two minutes of kick-off, and after some pinball in the Exeter box, before he found the back of the net with a well-taken second minutes later.

It meant that the Oldham players made the famous walk up to Wembley’s royal box to collect their individual trophies – a moment they will never forget.

Speaking after the game, teacher and coach Lee Lawton was naturally extremely proud, saying: “I’m so proud of the lads, they’re a credit to themselves and their school. There’s some unbelievable talent in the team, as we saw out there.

“There’s no better place to do it than Wembley, and this will live with them forever. It’s a fantastic competition with a prize of playing on the Wembley pitch, and that’s something that’s hard to put into words. 

“It’s been fantastic and Wembley has certainly treated us well. We can’t thank the EFL enough.”

Goalkeeper Zack Tobin added: “It felt amazing, the best feeling ever. Without the EFL we wouldn’t be here, it’s great to play at Wembley and we want to do it again next year! It was a team effort and it’s a dream come true to win.”


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