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Dorridge youngsters head for Old Trafford

DORRIDGE Junior School’s football team are hitting the headlines and it could be about to get even better for the Under-11 side.

DORRIDGE Junior School’s football team are hitting the headlines and it could be about to get even better for the Under-11 side.

The talented bunch have just qualified for the national finals of the Premier League School’s tournament at Old Trafford where they will represent Aston Villa against eight other top teams.

Starting way back in November last year, the football-mad youngsters won the Solihull event at Langley School where ten teams competed against each other.

Coach Michael Jones’ side then went on to play at Villa Academy against other area winners including Sutton Coldfield and Redditch.

After a tough semi-final they won the last game to earn the right to play as Aston Villa where they travelled to West Bromwich Albion Academy for the first round of the national stages.

Up against stiff competition from Liverpool, WBA and Portsmouth sides, the primary school pupils were led by captain John Palmer to qualify unbeaten.

The Coventry City Academy youngster was the hero alongside Villa Academy star Calum O’Hare who both bagged spectacular goals to keep the dream alive.

Jones said he was proud of his side, who are also unbeaten in the Solihull league this season.

“We have already knocked out the team who won last year, so we are confident,” he said.

“The boys have got that winning mentality, and they don’t know what losing is like.

“We’re all looking forward to going up to Manchester to play at Old Trafford.”

The finals take place on May 19.

 

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