GATEWAY School turned tears to cheers last week when they booked their place in the final of the Community Cup at Wembley Stadium.

Just two weeks earlier the U11s side had been beaten on penalties in the semi-final of the English Schools FA Cup which also has a Wembley Stadium final.

But the boys bounced back just two weeks later to ensure that they will play under the giant arch on the hallowed turf when they won the Southern Final of the Community Cup.

After winning the first Wycombe round for the right to represent Wycombe Wanderers Football in the Community Scheme they battled their way through the rounds to reach the Southern Final at Leyton Orient last week.

They went through last Friday’s competition without conceding a goal to set up a final against hosts Leyton Orient on the League One club’s Brisbane Road pitch and won 2-0 with goals from Raj Deep Jutla and Oscar Glenister.

They will now play the Northern winners in the final before the League One Play-off Final at Wembley Stadium on May 29.

Coach Howard Judge said: “We had some very upset children and there were some tears when they missed out on the first final on penalties but they have made up for it now.

“They are an awesome group and they have now got the chance to do something that not many professional footballers achieve.

“I never thought I’d take a team to Wembley and I’m sure it’ll be something none of us ever forget.

“It was a thril to the boys to play on the Leyton Orient pitch last week and this will be even better.”