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Penalty heroics put Leicester on path to title

22 May 2019
Leicester City win Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament

Queensmead Academy win two penalty shootouts to claim U11 Girls' trophy in PL Primary Stars Football Tournament

Leicester City triumphed in the Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament for the first time with the help of match-winning displays at both ends of the pitch.

Queensmead Academy came out on top in thrilling penalty shootouts in both the semi-final and final as they lifted the Under-11 Girls' trophy at Molineux, the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Year 6 goalkeeper Jessica held her nerve against Canonbury Primary School, representing Arsenal, in a sudden-death shootout in the last-four stage before doing the same in the final against Our Lady's Bishop Eton Catholic Primary of Liverpool.

"It puts the pressure on when you've got loads of people watching you, you have to save it," she said. "But even if you don't, you keep your head high.

"It feels great because everyone is clapping you, everyone's saying, 'Well done'."

 At the other end of the pitch Queensmead were also helped by the goalscoring prowess of their striker, Ruby.

The team's captain claimed the tournament's top-scorer trophy with seven of Queensmead's eight goals, including one in the final, as they topped the group with four wins from four.

But despite the heroics of their two star performers, goalkeeper Jessica says it was the spirit shown by the whole team throughout the tournament that helped Queensmead triumph. 

"We won because we worked as a team and stuck together," she said. "We kept our confidence high and when we conceded a goal, we kept our heads up.

"We worked hard and kept smiling. We had fun."

See: PL Primary Stars Football Tournament gallery

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