Second national success for Kellingley juniors

Kellingley Welfare under 13s who won the ACES National Tournament.
Kellingley Welfare under 13s who won the ACES National Tournament.

Kellingley Welfare under 13s have achieved more success by winning the ACES National Championships, in Leicester once again.

The prestigious event is invite only to league champions or county cup winners throughout the country and this is the second time in three years the Kellingley lads have been crowned national champions.

They are the only team to have ever won it twice and the only team from the north of England to triumph in the event.

Kells, who represented Leeds and West Yorkshire, played five group games, beating Ipswich 1-0 and Aylesbury 1-0 and drawing 1-1 with Harrogate, 1-1 against West London and 0-0 with North London.

It meant they finished second in their group, but went through to the knockout stages.

In the last 16 Kellingley defeated Wembley 2-0 before they beat Kettering 5-4 on penalties to go through to the semi-finals.

Another tight game followed against Birmingham, but Welfare kept their nerve again to emerge on penalties, 5-4.

The final saw Kells come up against hot favourites Leicester, but a brilliant battling performance saw them match their opponents despite the players being out on their feet at the end before another penalty shoot-out ended 5-4 to give the West Yorkshire representatives the winning trophy.

Kells scored every single penalty and keeper Alex Lapish Smith made brilliant saves all in three shoot-outs.

Coaches Jamie Rhodes John Meehan and Kevin Gill are proud of what is an unbelievable effort by the players to be crowned champions of England for a second time. The squad was: Alex Lapish Smith, Ben Mosby, Robbie Jeffery, Finlay Gill, Ethan Perry, James Mitchell, Alex Giles, Kieron Telford, Jack Hall, Louis Fialdini, Kyran Bayne,Kai Stirling,Jake Meehan, Elliott Rhodes, Ryan Mateer, Owen Stubbs.