ROYAL RUSSELL ARE BOODLES CHAMPIONS
Royal Russell and Millfield created an exciting and tense ISFA Boodles Cup Final. Both teams started the final brightly, passing the ball through the thirds and creating opportunities to take the lead. Walker of Millfield came close, shooting across the keeper from a wide position but it was just wide of the back post. In the 26th minute it was Royal Russell who took the lead with some fantastic play from Weller and Norrington-Davis, who crossed the ball into the box resulting in it being deflect into the back of the net by a Millfield defender. Millfield reacted well with some fantastic attacking play, particularly down the left-hand side through Ardron. In the 30th minute Ardron did well to put in an excellent cross which was headed towards goal by Samuel. Greentwood, Royal Russell keeper, did well to keep the ball out but Tenientes was quick to react slotting home the re-bound into the bottom left hand corner bringing Millfield back level.
Royal Russell maintained their tempo in the second half and were quickly rewarded five minutes in when Obazee calmly slotted home after beating the Millfield centre back. Millfield reacted quickly coming close minutes later but the Royal Russell defence worked hard to keep them at bay. Royal Russell's confidence grew as the half went on and they created many more attacking opportunities but failed to capitalise. Millfield continued to press until the final whistle but were unable to break down the solid Royal Russell defence, who celebrated as the final whistle blew, claiming a 2-1 victory and their first Boodles ISFA Cup Title.
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MARTIN ATKINSON TO REFEREE BOODLES ISFA CUP FINAL
Top Premier League and UEFA referee Martin Atkinson will take charge of the Boodles ISFA Cup Final between Millfield and Royal Russell at StadiumMK, MK Dons FC, on 20th March (7.00pm).
Mr. Atkinson officiated at last summer's EURO 2016 Tournament in France and has taken charge of many of the leading Premier League games this season, as well as in the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
It’s all about taking your chances! That was the story of the semi-final between Hampton and Royal Russell. Hampton created four guilt edge opportunities to score but failed to capitalise on any of them including a penalty just before half time, which was well saved by Russell keeper Lochlan Greenwood. Twenty-five minutes into the second half a flowing move ended with Ross Obazee crashing home the winner for Russell to clinch a cup final place.
Millfield beat Shrewsbury 9-8 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
It was a cagey start to the match, Forest sat deep allowing Hampton to have the ball in their own half. Forest did trouble Hampton's defence on numerous occasions particularly towards the end of the second half with quick counter attacks. Extra time saw both sides continuing to work hard in search for a goal. Early in the second half of extra time Hampton attacked from the left with a sharp cross into the penalty box which fell to Will Davey who managed to finish from close range and secure the win.
There was little between Royal Russell and Charterhouse. Russell took the lead through Ross Obase’s looping header but Charterhouse were soon level when Jamie Platts headed home a right-wing cross. Russell had marginally the better of the second half but failed to take advantage and it was Charterhouse who dominated in extra-time. Russell goalkeeper Lachlan Greenwood made two fine saves in the closing stages and he was then the hero in a low scoring penalty shootout, which Russell won 3-1.
Shrewsbury v. Repton is one of ISFA's most long established "classicos", going back 120 years, and the two schools produced another competitive encounter even if not one for the purists. Shrewsbury took the lead on the stroke of half time when Josiah Chilaka turned and shot. However, in the second half, Repton gained the ascendancy and it was no surprise when they scored a deserved equaliser, Luke Tandy heading home at the far post. The visitors looked the more likely winners at that point but, 10 minutes from time, the tricky Chilaka was brought down in the box and Josh Malyon slotted home the penalty to give Shrewsbury victory.
Two goals in each half saw Millfield ease into the semi-final with a 4-0 win over Eton. Harrison Ardron opened the scoring on the 12th minute and he then doubled Millfield’s lead four minutes later. The game was all over early in the second half when Matt Samuel was on hand to poke home a loose ball and Harry Lee headed home to score a fourth.
Cheadle Hulme and Royal Russell started in a frantic fashion with both teams pressing each other. Each team looked dangerous from set pieces and it was Cheadle Hulme who scored first with a fierce strike from outside the box after Russell failed to clear a corner. Just before half time Rhys Norrington-Davies, for Royal Russell, delivering a perfect cross for Rose Obase to convert. In the second half Russell scored from two set pieces through Mothibi Penn-Kekana and Danny O'Rourke to secure the win.
A frantic opening 5 minutes saw Forest take the lead, Kimbolton equalise and then Forest restore their advantage from the penalty spot. The game was evenly poised going into half time. The killer blow, however, came midway through the second half when a superb strike from Amar Takhar flew into the top corner from around 30 yards. Forest added one more late on from a corner running out 4-1 winners.
After dominating the early stages Shrewsbury were rewarded for this dominance when Jamie Whelan swept home a cross from the left. This seemed to kick start City of London as they started to impose themselves on the game, with Ethan Radus equalising. City of London then took the lead through Declan Ridding. Shrewsbury then piled on the pressure to get back into the game and created a couple of good chances. Shrewsbury levelled the contest from a set piece with James Nelson jumping highest at the back post to score with a terrific header. With only 3 minutes left on the clock Shrewsbury won it with a fantastic 20 yard free kick from Jamie Whelan.
After a frantic opening five minutes Repton effectively clinched the game in a clinical fifteen minute spell where they scored five goals with a sixth being added before half time. Bury GS responded well in the second half and pulled a goal back with a superb free-kick. However, Repton remained in control and were able to add three more to emerge as comfortable winners in the end.
A large crowd attended the historic encounter between Eton and Harrow. There was little between the two teams in the first half but Eton took the lead two minutes before half time when a free kick cleared the Harrow defence and Theo Tritton was on hand to poke the ball home. Eton added another ten minutes from time with Tritton heading home a free kick. Sile Ogundeyin confirmed the win slotting home in the final minutes of the game.
After a very even first half which ended goalless the tie was brought to life when Charterhouse took the lead early in the second half. Tonbridge quickly equalised from a corner to leave the game in the balance. As Tonbridge began to tire Charterhouse took their chances well to run out comfortable 5-1 winners.
The holders, Ardingly, are out, losing their crown after 2 years. Oscar Haynes-Brown scored a fine opener but Aldenham equalised in the second half through Oran Swales. Ardingly were soon ahead again when a Haynes Brown drive crashed against the crossbar and Calvin Kissi was on hand to head in the rebound and the game looked safe when Haynes Brown turned on a sixpence and shot home to make it 3-1. However, Aldenham scored twice in the final two minutes of the game, first a 30-yard screamer from Swales and then from a corner nodded on for BJ Busari to nod home at the back post. Ardingly took the lead again in extra-time through Ethan Pisano but Xavier Amaechi chipped the goalkeeper to equalise again and take the game to penalties where Aldenham finally clinched the tie 4-2.
Tonbridge started well and took the lead when a free kick was headed home. It was a tight first half but Tonbridge increased their lead just on the cusp of halftime. Wolverhampton GS came out strongly in the second half and deservedly pulled a goal back. In the final minutes Tonbridge scored from a late free kick to secure the win.
Forest opened the scoring early on but Winchester quickly replied with a close range header. Winchester looked dangerous on the break and two excellent headers gave them a well-deserved 3-1 lead. Forest came back into the game and after a well worked move down the right hand side they managed to pull a goal back to make it 3-2. Forest edged the play in the second half and two close range finishes gave Forest a 4-3 victory.
In another extraordinary match, Canford nearly pulled off one of the great shocks in Boodles history when they led two-time champions Shrewsbury 4-3 with just two minutes remaining after Shrewsbury had been 3-1 up at one point. However, Shrewsbury snatched a late equaliser and in a barmy goal-fest of extra-time, it was Shrewsbury who finally ran out 7-5 winners.
In the first half both teams created a number of opportunities to score. Ibstock Place came closest to breaking the deadlock forcing two excellent saves from the Bury GS goalkeeper. In the second half Bury dominated possession but Ibstock defended well frustrating the Bury attack. Eventually the relentless pressure paid off when Bury scored following a good move down the left flank, which was enough to secure the win.
Alleyn’s scored first from a corner and maintained their lead going into half time. In the second half King’s Chester equalised from a free kick which was rasped under the crossbar from 40yards out. King’s Chester pushed to capitalise on their score but Alleyn’s stayed resolute and began to create chances as Kings Chester began to tire. The King’s goalkeeper made some spectacular saves but Alleyn’s, Jonah Maciver, slotted home to secure the win.
Kimbolton opened the scoring when Josh Smith headed home. Berkhamsted settled into the game drawing level from a well worked corner. In the second half Berkhamsted continued to apply pressure, with Kimbolton looking dangerous on the counter-attack. Lewis Meakin calmly slotted home for Kimbolton putting them ahead. Berkhamsted equalised again from a corner, before the home side captain, James Burdock, fired home the winner.
The match started at a lively pace with both Hampton and St. Bede’s Manchester pressing high. Hampton had some early success on the right and Kai Hanley finished well to open the scoring.The St Bede’s strikers worked hard to rush the Hampton defence which resulted in several opportunities one of which was calmly slotted home, drawing the game level at half time. Hampton’s, Harry Fuller, pounced on a loose ball in the box to give the home side the lead. Hampton grew in confidence and managed to score four more goals to win 6-1.
There was nothing between the sides as Eton hosted Lancing. A first half strike from Sile Ogundeyin was enough to clinch a victory for Eton but they were forced to undergo some nervous moments as an unfortunate Lancing side struck the woodwork twice and then narrowly failed to bundle the ball over the line during a late goalmouth scramble.
Charterhouse ran out winners in a tight game against Merchant Taylors Crosby, which was poised at 2-2 at the conclusion of a closely fought first half. A Charterhouse hat-trick ultimately decided the game.
Repton had the better of the early exchanges without scoring and Highgate nearly got one on the board when they hit the bar. Highgate then had the better of the second 20 minutes, yet it was Repton who took the lead when a volley hit home. The second half started frantically and Highgate drew level. This seemed to spur Repton on and they added four more goals to secure the victory.
Harrodian were outstanding from the start and thoroughly deserved their 3-0 lead. City of London looked to have gained some hope with a goal just before the break but their visitors went straight up the other end to make it 4-1 at half time. It really was to be a game of two halves in the blustery conditions. City took complete control and made a miraculous comeback to win 5-4 with four goals in the last twenty minutes.
Charterhouse went behind to Latymer Upper after a tidy near post finish. It didn’t take long for Charterhouse to equaliser and then take the lead with a header. Latymer managed to pull the game back level. This looked to spur Charterhouse on who scored four quick goals resulting in a handsome victory for the home side.
Bede’s started brightly and were dominating possession but were lack luster in front of goal, after further missed chances Sevenoaks counter attacked well and scored with a superbly taken finish. Bede’s still on top pressed for an equalizer and just before half time Bede’s, from a rather fortuitous situation, scored. This settled the nerves and soon after Bede’s scored again. In the second half Bede’s pressure told and they ended up running out comfortable winners 5-1.
Bolton and Whitgift found themselves evenly matched. Bolton had the better of the first half. The second half saw Whitgift edging towards a victory but an effort hit the crossbar and another was cleared off the line by the Bolton defence. The score still 0-0 after extra time penalties would decide the winner. Whitgift scored all of their penalties and their goalkeeper made two outstanding saves putting Whitgift through 4-1 on penalties.
Canford pressed from the off and quickly took the lead with a nicely taken goal from the captain. As the first half continued, Malvern began to play their way into the game and threatened the Canford goal a few times but a well taken goal from Canford gave them the upper hand going into half time. Both teams started the second half brightly but two further goals from Canford saw off a tiring Malvern side.
King’s School, Chester took the lead from a close range shot, but Manchester Grammar School equalised. King’s regained the lead fortuitously when a Manchester defender deflected a near post corner past his goalkeeper. In the second half King’s looked to defend their lead, dropping deeper as the game wore on. They paid the price when, in the latter stages of the game, the Manchester centre forward finished sharply with his left foot on the turn to equalise. Extra time couldn’t separate the teams so it was to be decided by penalties. King School, Chester went through 5-4 winners.
Trinity started strong causing Berkhamsted problems in all areas of the pitch. At half time Trinity were 3 goals up after a number of errors from Berkhamsted. The second half was a different story with the Berkhamsted dominating for periods of the game. Berkhamsted managed to score 3 goals of their own to take the game to extra time. Berkhamsted scored through a penalty, and managed to soak up pressure from Trinity for the remainder of the game.
St Bede’s dominated possession in the early stages of the game but struggled to break through a well drilled Westminster defence. Westminster had the first opportunity of the game when a free kick was swung in from the left. St Bede’s made the break through towards the end of the half when a ball driven into the box was poked home. In the second half St Bede’s created a number of opportunities, scoring three more goals. Westminster managed to grab a goal with the last touch of the game.
RGS Worcester never recovered from being delayed on their long journey to London and were a goal down to Harrodian within a minute and found themselves 4-0 down after three minutes. They managed to steady the ship and the game became more even but Harrodian still ran out 5-1 winners with an impressive display.
Tonbridge scored late on in the first half to take the lead. In the second half Tonbridge scored to quick goals and looked to be safe. However, Haberdashers finished well from a free kick to make it 3-1. Tonbridge manage to slot home one more before the full time whistle.
Stockport Grammar went 3-1 up against Merchant Taylors, Crosby, but Merchant Taylor fought to pull it back equalising in the last minute of the game. Extra time saw no goals resulting in penalties. Stockport ran out 5-4 winners after a close penalty shootout.
Oldham Hulme and Hampton started brightly with both sides trying to play. Hampton opened up the scoring after 15 minutes, and where quick to add another. Oldham got back into the match after their forward pounced on a through ball. Oldham had a spell of pressure but just before half time Hampton converted a penalty. In the second half Hampton added another four running out 7-1 winners.
RGS Newcastle looked the more dominant team from the start and shocked the travelling City of London side. City took an undeserved 1-0 lead at half time. RGS Newcastle equalised soon into the second half but this spurred City back into gear. Two set piece goals flattered the visitors with a 3-1 win.
Truro worked hard to keep the game tight and frustrated Forest who struggled to find a breakthrough. However, Forest managed to slot home from a cross. This was then followed by two quick goals for Forest just before half time. In the second half Forest added three more goals to run out 6-0 winners.
ACS Cobham took the lead from the penalty spot. Lancing fought back causing problems down the right hand side. A great run and burst into the box drew a clear foul, and Lancing powered the resulting penalty home to draw the teams level. In extra time, a superb through ball caused panic for the Cobham defence and from a lucky rebound, the Lancing striker saw his effort slide into the Cobham net to give Lancing a narrow, but hard-fought victory.
Brooke House looked composed on the ball, but it was Aldenham who took the lead. The second half was a tense affair with neither team looking like scoring until Brooke House turned the game on its head with two quick goals. Aldenham poured forward to grab a late equaliser. The game went into extra-time and Aldenham re-took the lead but soon after Brooke House scored with a 35-yard wonder strike to equalise. In the latter stages of extra time Aldenham claimed victory with a low left footed shot into the far corner of the net.
Alleyn’s started brightly, dominating the attack, and despite some resolute defending from Bedford, Alleyn's were able to make their pressure count going 1-0 up. Bedford worked hard throughout the half and where unlucky not to score from a counter attack. In the second half the Bedford defence started to tire, allowing Alleyn’s to capitalise and score a further 6 goals.
Winchester fought well in the first half giving them a 4-0 lead going into half time. In the second half Dulwich responded and slotted home two goals in a hope to start a comeback. However, it wasn’t to be as Winchester managed to net one more to confirm their victory.
Repton started strong, taking complete control of the game with three goals in the first ten minutes. Wellington bravely battled on looking to keep the score to a minimum. Repton continued to capitalised adding another before half time. The second half saw Repton match their score to run out 8-0 winners.
In a gritty and closely contested affair, Chigwell proved to have too much quality for a Hurstpierpoint College side that nonetheless put in an excellent shift. Though Hurstpierpoint had the better of the passing, they were profligate in their finishing and were put to the sword by Chigwell's more potent attackers. A number of defensive lapses bloated the scoreline in what was a tight game, with Chigwell running out 4-1 winners.
Taunton found themselves up against a strong Eton side. Eton College played some expansive football and pressed high to score 5 in each half and run out 10-0 winners.
Bournemouth Collegiate opened the scoring against Lingfield Notre Dame after a rebound was knocked home after an initial shot from the edge of the box. It didn’t take long for Bournemouth to add a second with the striker passing three defenders before slotting the ball in the left hand corner. Lingfield had an opportunity to get back in the game through a penalty but the Bournemouth keeper prevented this. Bournemouth then added another to run out 3-0 winners.
Dover College pressed Harrodian in the early stages creating opportunities to open up the scoring. However, after fifteen minutes Harrodian started to dominate possession, working well to slot home. Harrodian maintained their level of play scoring two more before half time. In the second half Harrodian added four more goals running out 7-0 winners.
Haberdashers’ Aske’s pressed from the start of the game and capitalized on the attack putting them 3-0 up within 20 minutes. RGS Guildford managed to steady the ship in the second half but Haberdashers’ looked dangerous and scored two more goals in the latter stages of the game.
Hurstpierpoint College proved a little too strong for St John's College, Southsea, a side that showcased good grit and determination. Hurstpierpoint went into the break a goal up and were the fresher side going into the second half, quickly totting up another two goals. Hurstpierpoint added another from the spot before two more where added in the latter stages of the game securing a 6-0 victory.
St John’s, Letherhead started the game as the better side causing Sevenoaks some problems in the first fifteen minutes. However, Sevenoaks managed to hit the back of the net and go into half time with a 1-0 lead. Two well taken goals by Sevenoaks in the second half meant the game finished 3-0.
Sun 12th Mar
ISFA U16 v. Millwall
(City of London School
Playing Fields, 11.00)
Mon 20th Mar
Boodles ISFA Cup Final
Millfield v. Royal Russell
(MK Dons FC, 7.00)
ISFA U18 & U16 Tour
ISFA U15 & U14 Tour
Thurs 27th Apr
ISFA U16 Shield Final
(St. George's Park, 6.00)
Sun 30th Apr
ISFA U17 v.
Scotland Independent Schools
(Altrincham FC, 2.00)