Date: 23rd May 2015 at 7:30pm
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Yes it is true but Pompey won at Wembley yesterday defeating Accrington Staley 2-0 in the Kinder+Sport League 2 Kids Cup Final!

Pompey started well against Stanley and were rewarded early on when Lawrence Cooper rolled the ball in for the opener.

The south coast side, represented in the showpiece by Lyndhurst Junior School, added a second on the stroke of half-time when Evan Harris` powerful strike nestled in the back of the net.

Zac Brownlie and Cooper again forced Stanley goalkeeper Ross Fitzpatrick – who’s side were competing on behalf of Huncoat Primary School – into strong saves, and Pompey saw out the win despite a valiant effort from Accrington.

Goalscorer Cooper said: “When I scored it was overwhelming, words can`t describe how good it felt.

“I`ve been dreaming of the moment I score at Wembley for a long time, ever since I can remember.

“My Dad was in the crowd and he was excited to see me play, so I wanted to win it for him.”

Keith Grandison, teacher at Lyndhurst Junior School, said: “I don`t really know what to say – I`m speechless.

“I`m so proud of them all, it`s been a great season for us. We`ve won a few tournaments to make sure we got to the final at Wembley, and it`s been an unbelievable experience.’

Portsmouth (represented by Lyndhurst Junior School): Hayden Murray (GK), Bradley Craig (Capt), Mason Garvey, Brandon Davis, Lawrence Cooper, Zac Brownlie, Evan Harris, Isaac Bello.

Jed Wallace RIP (Remembered in Pompey)

The inevitable happened this week when the news broke that Jed Wallace had signed for Wolves. A number of clubs were interested but Kenny Jackett was quick out of the blocks and got his man for a reported buy-out clause of £275,000 plus add-ons and sell on terms.

There are a number of promising young players in League Two but because Pompey are such a huge club at this level Jed got more press than others and his ever improving performances over the hundred plus games made it certain that missing out on promotion would mean the loss on their star player.

Pompey plucked Jed from non-league Lewes and he joined the Academy side back in 2011. After loan spells at Farnborough and Whitehawk he appeared on the bench at Nottingham Forest in 2012. He would make his debut on that famous day at Plymouth in the League Cup when Pompey had no senior players to pick from. The team that day was Simon Eastwood, Adam Webster, Alex Grant, Sam Magri, Ashley Westwood, Dan Butler, Jed Wallace, George Colson, Andy Higgins, Ashley Harris and Dan Thompson – wingers Jack Maloney and Bradley Tarbuck both came off the bench. Now what happened to that side might make an interesting summer story.

His first goal came in his full debut against Hartlepool at Fratton Park in January 2013 in a 3-1 defeat. He ended the game exhausted and with cramp for the amount of physical effort he put in. From the next two and half seasons Jed would miss just a half a dozen league games and would net twenty seven goals.

Jed is far from the finished object but is well on the way. If the ball does not come to him then he will go looking for it. He has been more than a little inconsistent and indeed had a few stinkers at home this term. A place in the League Two team of the season followed and was well deserved.

Thanks Jed and many congratulations on what you have achieved. You have an England U19 cap to your name let`s see you in the U21s next season.

Rebuilding

Earlier I mentioned the team that played at Plymouth three years ago and the fact that Pompey had no senior players. Well after Cookie`s cull of out of contract players we certainly do not have too many options at the moment but the new boss has already started to build for next season.

His first signing is wide man Kyle Bennett who some see as a straight replacement for Jed. Kyle played fifty games for Doncaster Rovers last season scoring eight goals, so not quite as prolific as Jed but he has pace and plays on the left flank. Certainly Donnie boss Paul Dickov was keen to keep Bennett and described him as being “badly advised” by his agent.

Who will be next? Several of the Chesterfield`s out of contract players have been linked but to date nothing has materialised. Cook and his staff will be pouring over the released lists and try and find a few diamonds in the eight hundred or so out of work players.

PUP

 
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