We came, we saw, we won again! We're delighted to report that our EFL Kids Cup representatives, Whitefield Primary School, have secured our second success in the competition in the space of four years by winning the grand final at Wembley.
Rovers, represented by Whitefield Primary School, won this year’s EFL Kids Cup Championship Final following an incredibly tight affair at Wembley Stadium.
Both sides battled hard for the win in the Championship Kids Cup Final, and the game was just seconds away from penalties before Rovers captain Daniel Armer scored a last-gasp winner.
Despite being on the losing side, remember the name Jack Firebrace as the Brentford goalkeeper stole the show with some incredible goalkeeping.
Whitefield Primary School (representing Blackburn Rovers) threatened early on as captain Daniel Armer saw his shot saved from close range, before Brentford’s ‘keeper Firebrace pulled off a stunning save following Shane Sumner's shot that looked to be heading for the top corner.
The resulting corner saw Blackburn's Aaron Beattie have his header saved on the line, before Firebrace was called into action again for a superb double save. After keeping out a long-range shot, it looked as though the rebounding header was heading for goal but somehow the young ‘keeper clawed the ball off the line.
Just as it looked as though there was no way past Firebrace for Rovers, the captain delivered the goods with just seconds remaining as he smashed a low drive into the corner, sealing the Kids Cup Trophy for Whitechurch Primary School.
Speaking after the game, teacher and coach Simon Keogh said: “It was one of the most stressful 15 minutes of my life, but how incredible. I don’t think it’ll really hit them that they’ve done this at Wembley until we’re on our way home.
“I’ve never seen a goalkeeping performance like that from the Brentford goalkeeper at such a young age. The Kids Cup is just incredible for opportunities like this. Today has been one of the best day’s of my life, let alone the kids. They’ve had an amazing day.”
Captain and match-winner Daniel Armer added: “I remember getting past a couple of players and I just didn’t know what to think, when we scored we all just went mad. It was unreal to play on the pitch at Wembley when you think of some of the players that have played here. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to do this."
Our thanks go to the EFL for this report and photo.