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Hello and welcome to a very special edition of Match Of The Day
Today over 300 of the UK's best players will be
competing in the Premier League schools tournament, so let's
kick things off, shall we?
Yes, Kickabout, we're coming from the home of
the champions, Stamford Bridge.
I'll never get tired of saying that.
Congrats, that's all you're getting me as a City fan.
Back today and as you can see, the schools tournament
is well underway.
Yes, 11,000 young people from over 1,400 schools entered the
competition at the start of the season and now we're down to the
final 40 teams.
Today we're going to be following two tournaments, the under
11 mixed and the under 13 girls and they will be hoping
to lift their very own version of the Premier League trophy.
It's so exciting.
They must feel like proper Premier players on this fantastic
pitch at this absolutely stunning beautiful stadium.
All right, stop going on about it.
Shall we check out the action?
Earlier today the teams came face-to-face in the
tunnel before the tournaments kicked off.
We have eight groups featuring all 20 Premier League clubs and they
will take part in 2 6-asides.
Those finishing top of the table will make
it to the semifinals and
we caught up with one team who made a bright start.
Look who we found, it's Hull under 11s.
I'm joined now by Sammy who actually scored the winning goal
in the first match.
How did that go, Sammy?
It was good.
It was a free kick from the edge of the box and I
just put it in the bottom corner.
Dad's sitting here watching you.
You were a former Hull player, how does
it feel watching your son?
It's really good to see the team.
I've been lucky to play here couple of times so there's a
lot of pressure on him today.
Is there a little bit of pressure?
I don't think so, no, not really!
Do you think you can go all the way?
A confident attitude from Hull there and on the other side of the
stand, we found some pretty dedicated fans.
Guys, who are we here to support?
There is one person here that I'm
not sure about.
Are you sure you're here to support Liverpool, Jack?
Are you sure, because your coat says otherwise.
Take it off, let's see.
Hang on a second.
You guys have travelled down for five hours this
morning, are you tired?
It's been quite a while but you get used to it.
What time did you have to get up this morning?
3:00 in the morning.
We really want to see them.
We were very determined to make sure they won.
We're behind the team, Danny, we've got so much support here.
We've got clappers down here, we've got masks, an
amazing banner, so, guys, masks on, let's do this, shall we?
Come on, Liverpool!
Well, the support certainly paid off as
Liverpool under 13's got a lot to a flyer,
winning their first two matches.
Elsewhere in the tournament, I managed to track down
a team I was keen to watch.
OK, just behind as is Sunderland versus
my team, Man City.
Sunderland are the current title holders so no doubt
they will be looking to retain the title.
They were amazing last year as well, they played so well but from
my point of view, I'd rather them lose right now.
Oh, that was close!
So that is it, that was the final score, 1-0.
Sunderland, they couldn't hack it.
They were really trying towards the end as well because they
knew they needed that goal but City win.
A great result there and over the under 11 tournement
we watched my kids in blue.
Chelsea versus Watford.
What are you saying?
I'm saying it's going to be a 3-0 whitewash.
3-0, are you kidding?
They're here representing Chelsea, let's do it.
I saw Watford last year, they played well last year.
I'm going to give them a bit of credit.
That was last year.
Come on, Blues.
Come on, Watford.
Get out, get out, Watford.
Good run, good run.
Oh, that was a good effort.
There's the final whistle.
That is so frustrating.
I am gutted for Watford.
So, a tough last-minute loss but congratulations
to Chelsea and afterwards we caught up with their north London rivals.
We are here with the under 11 mixed Arsenal team.
A little birdie tells us that there's not many
Arsenal fans sitting here.
I've heard this is a group of lies.
Who do you support?
Is that allowed?
Not really, no.
Stephanie, you are a Chelsea fan?
How does it feel to be here at the home of the champions?
It's weird because I never thought I'd be on this pitch.
I thought I'd just end up being on my little
football pitch next to my house.
Now I'm actually here.
Spoken like a true blue.
One more thing to say to you, really, blue is the colour...
Football is the game!
I know that you've got a massive north
London derby coming up a little bit later on.
We're keeping our fingers crossed for you.
Have a good day.
We're here with referee, Chris.
You made your debut in the Premier League earlier this year.
How did that feel?
I refereed West Bromich Albion and Southampton.
As a kid, it was a dream to Premier League game and I managed it.
Amazing, how was it?
Did you get a lot of stick?
Refs often get the brunt end of things.
There were a few nerves before the game but
once I got my first decision out of the way, I was fine.
How is today going?
I think it's fantastic.
It's the first one I've done but the standard of footbally
by everyone is brilliant.
The biggest tip I'd say is, enjoy it and smile.
You're out there doing something you love
so just enjoy everything you're doing.
Well, the teams certainly did that out on the pitch and as the
qualifiers came to an end, it was smiles all round from Manchester
United, Bournemouth and Liverpool in the under 13 girls tournament
as they won every game and finished
top of their groups.
West Brom also qualify for the semis having gone
In the under 11 teams, both Manchester clubs made it through
to the semifinals.
That's the qualifiers done.
Now it's time for the semis.
I cannot wait.
It's going to be absolutely incredible
but before that, I'm about to make your dreams come true.
I'm about to take you behind-the-scenes at your
beloved Chelsea Football Club.
Follow me, if you want, mate.
Come on, come on!
OK, calm down.
Don't freak out.
Calm down, calm down, mate.
Isn't that crazy?
How amazing is that?
He's not OK, right now.
He's not OK.
You can't lift it.
It's against the rules.
This trophy actually has its very own
minders who go with the trophy all over the country wherever it goes.
I'm going to get him out of here.
We shall see.
I think we had a good game but...
Match of the Day Kickabout Gazette.
I'm just wondering, sources are saying there is an impostor at
Chelsea Football Club.
What are you doing, Tyler?
Get out of there.
You're not Conte.
Thankfully I managed to drag Mr Conte back to the
action when things were really hotting up in the semifinals.
In the under 13 girls competition, Liverpool put three past West Brom
to make it through to the final while Bournemouth
booked their spot with a
closely fought 1-0 win over Manchester United.
Over in the under 11s tournament, it was too close
OK, can you believe this?
Two games have now gone to penalties in the semifinals.
We have got Crystal Palace, Chelsea
We've got City versus United over here.
Only two teams can go through.
This is tense, this is tense.
Crystal Palace go into the final.
Chelsea just dropping one penalty.
So, heartache for my boys, Chelsea.
Over in the other semifinal between the
two Manchester clubs, we join the action
when City and United were
tied 7-7 on penalties.
This is so tense.
Celebrations all round then for the winners and no sooner
had the cheering stopped before it was time for the teams line up
We have reached the first final of the day and it's the under
It's Crystal Palace versus Man City.
Let's hand over to our commentator.
Both teams won their penalty shoot outs in their respective
Crystal Palace won an all London affair against the hosts
Chelsea here at theor own stadium as Manchester City
saw off their local
rivals Manchester United.
So this is how Crystal Palace will line up.
Captain Milton is actually a Chelsea fan so it is a special moment him to
be leading out his team at Stamford Bridge.
Goalkeeper Spencer, hero in the semifinal
shoot out, not just for
his goalkeeping prowess, he also scored one of the Crystal Palace
penalties and there's plenty of pace and strength on the as well with two
Manchester City have never won this competition before.
It's the fourth final this team has reached this year.
Their captain leads by example, he scored some
brilliant goals already in the Strand.
McIntire sums up the heart and soul of the team and look out for
Mulligan who starts on defence but usually covers
every blade of grass.
So, here we go then, and no messing about from City's Gonzales.
The Palace keeper Spencer had to be
really alert right from the start.
Manchester City's captain trying to catch Palace off guard from the
kick-off and he wasn't too far.
A busy start at the home of the Premier League champions.
Good strength to hold off his opponent.
Again, Manchester City showing a real willingness to go
for goal from long range.
Mulligan has done well to wriggle out of a tight corner.
Gonzalez is following up.
Mightily relieved to get it away the second time.
It could have gone anywhere.
Crystal Palace will be fortunate to survive
that one and keep the game at 0-0.
Nobody is picking up.
He had every right to have a crack from there.
That is Crystal Palace's best effort of the game so far.
Palace growing in confidence now.
The keeper has been rushed into its clearance.
That's even closer than his last effort.
Having absorbed a lot of pressure early on, Crystal Palace
are fully up and running.
Now, more silky touches from Gonzales.
The angle is tight but he brings it in.
He has only got one thought on his mind there.
You can see the dermination on his face and he wasn't far off
breaking the deadlock in this under 11 Premier League schools final.
Two minutes left to go and still 0-0.
This cannot go to penalties again.
My heart cannot take it.
Tyler and Lauren think this might be going to penalties.
Last chance for Gonzalez to win it.
Oh, he has hit the post.
This would have won it for sure.
As close as we've come to a goal in the
A last look at the watch from the referee.
That is it.
This final between Crystal Palace and
Manchester City is going to go to spot kicks.
We join this shoot-out at sudden
It is 4-4 in the penalties.
Both teams have missed one and now it has come around to the
First up, Crystal Palace's Spencer.
And he makes no mistake.
He also scored in the semi, remember.
Now, Manchester City's Pearson.
That's 5-5 now.
No margin of error for either team.
He steps up for Palace.
Oh, he has grazed it over.
This is a huge opportunity now for Manchester City.
If they score the next penalty, then they win this
It will be McIntire who steps up and he has won it!
McIntire scores the winning kick.
Manchester City are proud under 11s
It's a final that quite literally went down to the
Guys, how does it feel, you are the schools winners?
Go and celebrate.
Onto the second final of the day.
It's the under 13 girls and Liverpool versus Bournemouth.
Back to you, Connor.
Liverpool won their semi-final in comfortable fashion.
They beat West Brom by 3-0.
Bournemouth have had a similarly impressive run to this final.
They were unbeaten in the qualifiers and
beat Manchester United 1-0 in the semi.
Liverpool captain and one of the top scorers in this tournament.
Always worth looking out for Henderson and
goalkeeper Coleman is rock solid in the back.
She kept a clean sheet in the semifinal and has only been
beaten twice in the tournament and so far.
She's always a threat in front of goal.
It's a big day for midfielder Wetton who is a new recruit to the
She is a technically gifted player and at the back.
Stamford Bridge awaits this final.
Bournemouth to get the game started.
And any clearance is blocked by Evans.
Not enough room to get the shot away.
Wetton is on hand to clear for Bournemouth.
Now, Henderson looking up to see who's making a run.
It's great vision but just too far in front of Evans.
The goalkeeper is alert to the danger.
Liverpool have brought one of the biggest
contingent of supporters of
all the clubs presented here today.
This is Liverpool.
They don't want to give her too much room.
Here she goes danger for Bournemouth.
She sweeps into cut out the cross.
Bournemouth are going to have to keep a really close
on Brough from now on.
The last touch came off the Liverpool player, so no corner.
Liverpool beginning to pull the strings in midfield.
There's a confidence to their passing down
They are not rushed or hurried but you can tell even a few
fancy flicks in there as well, the confidence
brimming through them.
They're just waiting to see if an opportunity
will arise and then you
can tell they will pounce.
It might do now.
Henderson, that's really good movement.
And that's a magnificent goal.
The way she shifted her balance.
The speed of the footwork.
The devastating power of the shot.
It's a goal worthy of a stage like this at Stamford Bridge
and it's rightly gotten Liverpool in front.
So, suddenly Bournemouth are chasing the game.
Henderson is the last defender.
Going to have stoop here to head it away.
You can see the commitment from both sides in
They are giving it everything.
Bournemouth continue to push forward, continue to chase an
Here is Kelly, she is a long way out here and headed away
by Henderson again.
Bournemouth continue to push players forward.
She's done well to cut it out and goes for goal herself.
Just couldn't catch it cleanly enough.
That was a long way out but Bournemouth simply
have to try their luck now.
With time running out.
Liverpool continuing to outmuscle their
opponents in midfield.
Here's Brough again.
Creates the space and that could be the goal that seals the
Bournemouth have giving it everything in trying to get back
into the game but Liverpool now have a cushion
for their lead and it's a
really good finish from the captain.
Still Bournemouth battle on.
Wetton is the latest to have a go but it has not
been their day so far.
Liverpool now searching for a third to really wrap up the game.
The shot was well saved by Saunders.
And that is it.
Liverpool have beaten Bournemouth to win the
under 13 Premier League schools tournament.
How does it feel to have come away from today
as the winners?
Did you expect to win?
They did expect to win!
So, there you have it.
What a brilliant tournament.
Some fantastic talent and as the trophies
are lifted high by the winning teams, Manchester City for the under
11s and Liverpool for the under 13s.
What a day it's been.
It's my first time here and I have absolutely loved it.
The talent has been absolutely incredible.
Congratulations to Manchester City and Liverpool and that is it from us
today but before we go.
Come on, give me that.
I know you want to.
Come on, you can do it.
Come on, come on.
What are you saying?
Oh, my one dream of scoring at Stamford Bridge.
Go on, get out of here, you've shamed yourself.
See you next week.
Match of the Day spin-off aimed at children aged 7 to 13, bringing viewers the latest from the world of footie as well as top players and pundits.
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