Players from Upton Juniors in Broadstairs will once again fly the flag for Thanet in the Kent schools football finals.

Qualification was sealed when they won the John Curran Cup after a week of heats and a finals showdown.

Twenty-five schools entered the event with five qualifying groups played across the area during the week – the group winners went forward to battle it out for the Thanet crown in the finals which were hosted on the Upton sports fields.

The title contenders came from Newington, St Saviours, Garlinge, Birchington and Upton.

Upton started strongly, winning their first match 3-0 against Birchington. Their second game, against long-term rivals St Saviours, was exceptionally close. Upton led 1-0 at half-time but St Saviours equalised soon after and the game could have gone either way before finishing as a draw.

Another tight game, this time against Garlinge, saw Upton win 1-0.

The team entered its final match against Newington knowing that a win would top the group. The first half was a tense affair but Upton scored two goals after the break to win the game and the trophy.

Deputy Head Dave Walker coaches the team. He said: “Congratulations go to all the competitors who played in the group matches during the week and especially to the teams who reached this final stage.

“There was an excellent standard of play shown throughout the finals day with lots of enthusiasm, determination, and skill on show in every game.

“It was a tough competition and Upton is delighted to have won the right to represent Thanet against the best in Kent.

“We’ll do our best on behalf of the district.”

The Kent finals are at Thamesmead FC on Saturday, November 9.

Upton Junior School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Chilton Primary School and Ramsgate Arts Primary School.

*For more information contact Head of School Darci Arthur on 01843 861393.