Brentford may have missed out on promotion at Wembley in the NPower League One Play-Off Final but there was local success on the hallowed turf that day.
Corpus Christi Junior Schools from New Malden, representing Brentford FC where crowned NPower League One Kids Cup winners after victory at the famous stadium on the same afternoon, Sunday May 19th.
Corpus Christi won the right to represent Brentford by beating Little Ealing Primary School in the final of the annual Npower area tournament hosted by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust at Goals Soccer Centre in Osterley.
They then went on to win the NPower League One Kids Cup (Southern Region) at Crawley Town FC in March.
Corpus Christi took on teams from Swindon Town, Colchester United, Leyton Orient, MK Dons and Crawley to make it through to the final where they beat Portsmouth 2-0 with goals from Jamal Musiala and Jordan Aina.
That earned them a place at Wembley to take on Chetwynd Junior School who were representing Coventry City (Northern Region).
Corpus Christi had the better of the first half and Ethan Etukudo had a good chance well saved, but they fell behind early in the second period when Chetwynd front man Ethan Meadows fired home with the outside of his right boot.
Corpus Christi had only a few minutes to find an equaliser but came up with one when Musiala slotted home after receiving a tidy through-ball from Etukudo.
The game went straight to penalties – three each – after the 1-1 draw and Chetwynd missed their first two spot kicks.
That enabled Benjamin Elliot to step up and score the winning penalty and give Corpus Christi – and Brentford – the trophy.
It was the second year in a row Brentford had been successful in the tournament after Collis Primary School, from Teddington, won the Npower League One Kids Cup at Wembley in 2012.
Following the match, each team climbed the stairs up to Wembley's Royal Box and were presented with their respective medals.
After the trophy formalities were complete players from both teams became the NPower flag-bearers - leading out the Brentford and Yeovil Town teams before the Play-Off Final.
Corpus Christi captain Jordan Aina said: "It felt fantastic playing at Wembley and it really encourages us for the future.
"It was a brilliant experience to play in such big stadium - It's definitely something I'll be telling people about."
Luke Skelhorn, General Manager of Brentford FC CST said: "The Trust is absolutely delighted that Corpus Christi where able to emulate the achievements of last year’s winners, Collis Primary School, in the NPower Kids Cup.
For local schools to have won the competition representing Brentford FC for 2 consecutive seasons is a unique achievement and one that we are extremely proud of.
Our coaching staff, Luke Brooks-Smith and Graham Goodden, accompanied the team at Wembley and were so impressed with the way Tony Mesourouni and his players conducted themselves both on and off the pitch. They were a credit to Brentford FC, their school, families and friends and we look forward to welcoming them to a match at Griffin Park next season as our special guests.”
Indeed – can Brentford make it a hat-trick of victories in 2014? We will keep you posted!
To view the video of Corpus Christi collecting the trophy from the famous Wembley steps please visit the Trust Facebook page