Penalties again - but its third time lucky for Charterhouse!
In their fourth appearance in the Final, and having lost two of the previous three on penalties, Charterhouse finally lifted the Boodles ISFA Cup on a memorable afternoon and at their historic home ground.
With the original venue at Leicester being called off due to pitch conditions three weeks before the game, the Final was rearranged for Woking - but severe overnight rain saw yet another cancellation and, with both schools anxious to complete the Final before Easter, it was agreed that a toss of a coin would decide home advantage for the Final. Charterhouse, who had played every match in the tournament away from home, thus enjoyed home advantage for the Final.
It proved a memorable occasion for the home school as, after the two teams had played out a goalless draw after extra-time, there followed a remarkably tense penalty shoot-out which went to 20 kicks. Twice Millfield missed to give Charterhouse the advantage; twice Charterhouse immediately missed their next kick. Eventually Millfield missed their tenth kick and Oli Black of Charterhouse crashed the ball into the net to clinch victory 8-7 in the shoot-out and a mass invasion of the pitch by the entire school ensued!
The game itself had always looked likely to end goalless. In a gusty wind there was some good football and moments of quality but defences were always on top. A fine Millfield free-kick move which resulted in a shot narrowly wide from Harrison Dunk and a shot on the turn from Charterhouse’s Jamie Hall were the highlights, while in extra-time John Moss came closest to winning the game for Millfield, forcing goalkeeper George Ellis to push his shot over the bar.
Charterhouse captain Anthony Beddows was a tower of strength all season in midfield
So Charterhouse finally won the Cup, beoming twelfth different school to win the Cup in its 16 year history.
Charterhouse: G. Ellis; H. Peat, G. Adolphus, C. Jamieson, O. Black, T. Kimmins, J. Rogers, S. Parsons, A. Beddows (capt), C. Watson, J. Hall (sub: W. Walker).
Millfield: B. Lewis; R. Davey, C. Stewart (capt), A. Yates, H. Dunk, J. Metters, J. Minshaw, D. Wickham (sub: T. Slater), J. Moss, O. Abdulkadir (sub: S. Farthing), J. Dukes.
Referee: Mr. H. Webb (Yorkshire)
Chris Saunders Golden Moment: George Ellis (decisive penalty save in shoot-out)
Guest of Honour: Martin Tyler (Sky Sports commentator)
The feature of Charterhouse’s season was their remarkable defence. Their 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury in the quarter-final was not only the occasion in which they conceded during their competition but the only occasion they conceded two goals in any game all season.
Millfield struggled in their early matches, only narrowly defeating Manchester Grammar School and Dulwich and then only overcoming Eton after a mammoth penalty shoot-out which stretched to 34 kicks! However, they caught fire at the quarter-final stage, scoring four in Manchester against highly rated St. Bede’s, a match that, at the time, many considered to be a possible Final.
Haileybury created history by becoming the first ‘Lent Term Soccer School’ to reach the semi-finals, their victory at Brentwood in the Third Round being a particularly fine result.
Colfe’s School made an impressive debut in the competition, winning their first match against St. Mary’s College and then giving St. Bede’s College, Manchester, a real fright before eventually losing 5-3. The other newcomers were St. Columba’s College, who lost at Wolverhampton in their first match.
Footnote: Millfield received deserved reward for their outstanding season when they subsequently went on to win the English Schools Trophy
Ardingly 3 Bristol GS 0
Brentwood 2 St. Bede’s School, Hailsham 0
Chigwell 0 Westminster 1 aet
City of London 7 St. Edmund’s, Canterbury 0
Hampton 0 Bolton 0 aet (Hampton won 4-3 on pens)
Kimbolton 2 Forest 1
King's School, Chester 2 Bury GS 1 aet
Manchester G.S. 2 Millfield 3
Norwich 0 Highgate 4
QEGS, Blackburn 3 Latymer Upper 0
Shrewsbury 2 Repton 1
Winchester 5 Leeds G.S. 1
Wolverhampton G.S. 2 St. Columba’s College 1
Ardingly 0 Eton 4
Birkdale 3 John Lyon 0
Bradfield 3 Wolverhampton G.S. 0
Colfe's 8 St. Mary's College, Crosby 1
Dover College 2 Alleyn’s 5
Dulwich College 1 Millfield 2
Grange 2 City of London 2 aet (Grange won 3-2 on pens)
Haileybury 5 Malvern 0
Highgate 0 Brentwood 3
Kimbolton 4 Hulme GS 0
King's School, Chester 2 Aldenham 0
Lancing 0 Westminster 2
Q.E.G.S., Blackburn 0 Charterhouse 4
R.G.S., Newcastle 1 Hampton 0
Shrewsbury 5 K.E.S., Witley 0
Winchester 0 St. Bede's College, Manchester 7
Alleyn's 0 Shrewsbury 1
Birkdale 2 Bradfield 3
Brentwood 2 Haileybury 3
Colfe's 3 St. Bede's College, Manchester 5
Eton 1 Millfield 1 aet (Millfield won 16-15 on pens)
King's School, Chester 2 Grange 0
RGS Newcastle 0 Charterhouse 1
Westminster 1 Kimbolton 0
Haileybury 0 Westminster 0 aet (Haileybury won 5-4 on pens)
King's School, Chester 2 Bradfield 1
Shrewsbury 2 Charterhouse 2 aet (Charterhouse won 8-7 on pens)
St. Bede's College, Manchester 0 Millfield 4
King's School, Chester 0 Charterhouse 1
Millfield 5 Haileybury 0
Charterhouse 0 Millfield 0 aet (Charterhouse won 8-7 on pens)
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)