Germany may have smashed their way through to the final of the World Cup on Tuesday but closer to home, footballers at Upton Heath CE Primary School have already lifted a trophy.
The youngsters won the Chester and District Primary School World Cup at Christleton High School last Friday.
The event was organised by Year 6 Upton Heath teacher Dave Johnson and Christleton’s football co-ordinator Calum McIntyre.
Sixteen teams from 12 primary schools took part in the seven-a-side tournament: Cherry Grove Primary School, Chester Bluecoat CE Primary School, Christleton Primary School, Dodleston CE Primary School, Guilden Sutton CE Primary School, JH Godwin Primary School, Lache Primary School, Saighton CE Primary School, St Oswalds CE Primary School, Tushingham with Grindley CE Primary School, Upton Heath CE Primary School and Waverton Community Primary School.
Upton Heath (Year 5), Guilden Sutton, Waverton and Upton Heath (Year 6) progressed to the semi-finals, with Waverton and Upton Heath (Year 6) needing a penalty shootout to decide who would play in the final. Upton Heath won 4-3.
In the other semi-final, Upton Heath (Year 5) kept Guilden Sutton at bay until the last minute, when they scored an excellent goal.
The third/fourth place play off between Upton Heath’s Year 5s and Waverton was decided on penalties after 1-1 in normal time.
Unfortunately for Waverton, they were once again beaten from the spot with the Upton (Year 5) keeper making the decisive saves to win 4-2.
Guilden Sutton and Upton Heath (Year 6) contested a very close final with goals only coming in the last few minutes.
Upton Heath scored first, but Guilden Sutton quickly responded.
With seconds remaining the Upton captain tried a long-range shot which the goalie couldn't keep from going into the net.