Pupils from Mary Immaculate School will represent Swansea City in the regional south finals of the EFL Kids Cup after seeing off competition from over 90 primary schools.

Mary Immaculate School were among schools across five counties competing for the right to reach the Southern Finals of the EFL Cup.

They had qualified as Pembrokeshire winners and were joined by Stepaside School to compete at Coleg Sir Gar. Playing against school teams from Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea, Powys and Carmarthenshire they came out as overall winners.

Now they will attend the regional south finals at Aston Villa and if successful, could be on their way to competing against the northern winners at Wembley Stadium, ahead of the Championship play-off final on May 27.

This achievement caps a remarkable run where this school team has won four consecutive football competitions. In July, they won the Fairtrade World Cup held at Tavernspite to coincide with the FIFA World Cup. This was followed by winning the Urdd Dewi Regional Finals held at Haverfordwest County AFC in September and Pembrokeshire Football Finals in November.

This is a particularly strong group who know each other well as many play together locally for Merlins Bridge and in the Pembrokeshire County Schools' squad.

The competition in Llanelli was of a high standard with the only disappointment coming in their final group match, which they lost 1-0, their first defeat as a team in 23 matches!

Despite this, they progressed to the semi-finals, playing their best football in front of supporters and Swansea legends Leon Britton and Lee Trundle. A tremendous 2-0 victory over Ysgol Bro Tawe (Swansea) set up a final against Tyler Ynn School (Neath), where Mary Immaculate again ran out as 2-0 winners.

Now they will play for the right to represent Swansea City at Wembley and will wear the club colours at Villa Park, but will be flying the Pembrokeshire flag high.

“A huge congratulations to Mary Immaculate who came out on top of a very competitive finals event,” said Curtis Grant, the Swans Community Trust’s primary school lead.

“We were looking for pupils that could win and lose gracefully, respect the referee’s decisions and show a never-give-up attitude.”

“We wish Mary Immaculate the best of luck for the next stages of the competition.”