In an all Northern encounter Bury Grammar School Boys hosted St. Bede's College, Manchester in the semi-final of the ISFA Small Schools Shield. Bury started the brighter of the two teams and created a number of opportunities to take the lead. The deadlock was broken on 35 minutes following a Bury cross from the left that was finished well from inside the 6-yard box. In the second half it was St. Bede's who had the first attempt at goal with a free-kick that just missed the target. St Bede's then dominated possession of the ball but could not break down a resolute Bury defence. In the last few minutes Bury almost scored a second goal on the counter attack but one goal was enough for the home team and the final whistle blew on what was a thoroughly entertaining game of football.

Bournemouth Collegiate School travelled to London for the first Semi Final against Ibstock Place. The game was certainly a game of two halves, as BCS started poorly and went behind 0-1 after a quick counter attack. Ibstock were certainly in control in the first half. With changes made and a stern but fair team talk, BCS put Ibstock under prolonged pressure and the equaliser was scored. Addwell Chipangura hitting a delightful free kick that cannoned off the crossbar and Mackenzie Hill followed up to score. Mackenzie then scored the winner after a direct pass from goalkeeper Cameron Stantiford-Harvey bounced over the defensive line. It was a classic cup tie and BCS are looking forward to the final.


The match between Bootham and Bury Grammar was an even affair with both teams having a number of chances to take the lead. After half time the scores remained level until Bury broke the deadlock with only ten minutes remaining. The goal was scored following a fierce free-kick which was parried by the goalkeeper, falling to the Bury striker who smashed the ball home from close range. Despite 10 minutes of relentless pressure including six corners Bury hung on to take a 0-1 away win. 

Bournemouth Collegiate (BCS) travelled to a wintery Leighton Park for the eagerly awaited quarter final. The game couldn’t have started better for the away side with Hill scoring in the third minute and McElhatton adding a second soon after. Late in the half Leighton Park scored to make the half time score 2-1. BCS started the second half brightly and after some prolonged pressure, Chipangura beat his defender to slot the ball home. Hill scored again to round off a fine performance. Leighton Park pulled one back with a powerful shot inside the area just before full-time.


Leighton Park took the lead through Alex Barnard. Harrodian equalised through a well worked goal and then had the opportunity to take the lead from the spot. However, the post denied them and soon after Leighton Park were awarded a penalty which Cameron Rohart Browne converted. The second half saw both teams create a number of chances with Harrodian equalising to send the game into extra time. Leighton Park took the initiative at the start of extra time with two quick goals firstly from Jed Cuter and then a second for Rohart Browne. 

Bournemouth Collegiate drilled in their first goal within the first minute. Vasily Nikulin added a second soon after and Addwell Chipangura added a third before half time. BCS started the second half strongly with skipper Mackenzie Hill chipping the keeper. Lingfield Notre Dame battled on but BCS added another four to run out comfortable winners. 


Brooke House found themselves 2-0 up at half time after two good goals from Adam Hamid. Priory School had some good chances but Michael Wan, in goal for Brooke House, had to make some excellent saves. In the second half Brooke House got their third goal through Daksh Gupta. Priory School put Brooke House under a lot of pressure but they managed to hold on to secure the win.

Bootham went four goals down to Newcastle school for Boys in the first ten minutes of the game. Despite Newcastle having an impressive lead Bootham battled hard in the second half and made a strong come back to gain a 6-5 victory.

The Hall had the majority of the better chances in the first half, but found themselves 1-0 down at half time, after St. John’s College, Southsea pounced on a misdirected goal kick to open the scoring from the edge of the box. The second half proved to be quite an open affair. The Hall equalised after a dangerous free kick was whipped into the box and headed back across goal to be calmly finished. The action continued to be end to end and either team could have won it in normal time. Extra time saw St. John’s slot home two more to finish 3-1 winners. 

Bournemouth Collegiate began the brighter side scoring the first goal. However, Shebbear College equalised just before the break, after they slotted home the rebound from a saved penalty. In the second half Bournemouth came out strong and scored twice to secure the victory.

Abbey Gate opened the scoring after only two minutes through a free kick. Despite some slick passing from Ruthin. Abbey Gate were more threatening in front of goal and extended the lead five minutes later. Abbey Gate scored a further two goals giving them a 4-0 lead at half time. The second half was a totally different contest with Ruthin hitting the bar and post as they constantly threatened the goalkeeper, but only managed to convert one resulting in 4-1 victory for Abbey Gate.

Harrodian opened the scoring early with a quick goal from a well-structured move down the right. Radnor House responded quickly to equalise with a nice solo effort as their striker got in behind the defence. Harrodian slotted home three more going in 4-1 at half time. Radnor started the second half quickly and got back in the game closing the gap to 5-3. It was a nervous 20 mins at the end with both sides having chances and scoring at both ends, but Harrodian finished the game 8-5 winners in an exciting clash. 

Frensham Heights were always on top in their match at Thorpe House.  However, the home side held their own in the first half and kept the score to 1-0 until Frensham added a second on the stroke of half-time.  Frensham continued to dominate in the second half, adding three more goals, though Thorpe House did manage a consolation in a 5-1 scoreline.

After a goalless first half between Dover College and Lingfield Notre Dame, the Lingfield attacking line worked well to slot the ball into the back of the net three times running out 3-0 winners.

After a close 20 minutes Ibstock Place started to dominate possession and gained two quick goals to give them the lead at half time. Bedales did not trouble the Ibstock goal keeper and two further goals from Ibstock sealed the win.


On a rain soaked evening at Quorn FC, Bournemouth Collegiate lifted the ISFA U16 Shield after an exciting but nail biting match with Priory School!

Oliver Fluke had an early chance for Priory but his volleyed shot from a corner sailed just over the crossbar. It was Bournemouth who took the early lead in the match through Callum Butler when he neatly finished from a through ball. The ever present Odin Bailey equalised for the Priory from the penalty spot shortly before half time. There was time for more drama in the half when Butler scored his second of the match with a well struck direct free kick from the edge of the box to take his team in at half time with the lead.

Not long into the second half, Anton Hooper again equalised for Priory and the game from this point could have gone either way. It was Bournemouth Collegiate who took the initiative and scored their third of the evening through Kieran O’Donnell and a forth came shortly afterwards courtesy of a penalty coolly dispatched by Butler for his hat trick. A fifth to settle the tie came for Bournemouth in the closing stages with another penalty dispatched by O’Donnell. Truly an end to end match and a brilliant cup contest, congratulations to Bournemouth Collegiate who take the Shield back to the south coast!

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