WHITGIFT CLAIM U15 TITLE
Whitgift started the final very brightly, putting Forest under pressure from the first whistle. Whitgift continued to apply pressure throughout the first half dominating play. Their hard work paid off when Max Porter slotted home in the 23rd minute. This boosted Whitgift’s confidence and led to a goal filled final ten minutes first with Cal Hamilton doubling Whitgift’s lead and then Jaan Stanley hit home in the final minute of the half to take Whitgift into a 3-0 lead at half-time.
The second half was a more even affair, Forest came out fighting looking to get back into the game. Both teams played some excellent football in the centre creating some excellent attacking play. Forest worked well and where rewarded in 47th minute through Sam Miller. Forest continued to pressure Whitgift and look for another goal, however, they were unable to capitalise and Whitgift defended well. Whitgift’s goal filled first half was enough to secure the victory and claim the Investec ISFA U15 Cup.
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ENGLAND TO REFEREE FINAL
English Football League referee, Darren England, will take charge of Thursday's Investec ISFA U15 Cup Final between Whitgift and Forest. Mr. England referees regularly in the EFL. He was previously an assistant referee in the Premier League and also in UEFA matches and has officiated in the UEFA Champions League. He was Fourth Official for the UEFA Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Sevilla in 2014.
SEMI FINAL HIGHLIGHTS
King’s School, Chester took the lead in their match at Forest when, after a terrific goal mouth scramble, Owen Jones smashed the ball home. Forest where soon level through Leonard Pulevic’s excellent free kick and they took the lead just before half time when Pulevic waltzed through the Kings defence to score. There were no goals in the second half and Kings where left cursing their luck, having hit the woodwork three times during the match – but it who forest who progress to the final.
Hampton took a first half lead against Whitgift when a right-wing cross was headed home at the far post. Whitgift responded early in the second half, again from a right-wing cross turned home, but Hampton missed a wonderful opportunity to restore their lead seconds later. If there had been little to choose between the two teams in normal time, it was Hampton who were dominant in extra time, missing one excellent chance and having a late goal ruled out by a narrow offside decision. One miss in the shootout proved decisive as Whitgift moved into the Final and Hampton were left to rue their missed chances.
FOURTH ROUND HIGHLIGHTS
It was a cagey opening to the game with a few half chances created by both teams. Hampton put some dangerous balls into the box and Bede's tested the opposing keeper. The opening goal went to Hampton after mix up in the Bede's defence. Hampton started the second half on the front foot and quickly added a second after some very good link up play. Bede's composed themselves and pulled a goal back from a free kick. Bede's came very close to finding the equaliser but for a block on the goal line and a brilliant last minute save from the Hampton keeper.
Millfield started the game very energetically and deservedly took the lead after some great wing play. Millfield carried on dictating the pace of the game without adding to their total when just before half time Whitgift got a foothold in the match through a penalty converted by Skipper Jude Russell. The second half saw an improved performance from Whitgift as they took the lead from an own goal. Whitgift added 3 more goals to see them progress into the semi-finals.
Repton started strong against Forest dominating the early stages of the game. Against the run of play Forest went up 1-0 with an excellent volley from Gus Lawrence. Repton equalised soon after with an excellent individual goal from Eno Nto. Repton then took the lead just before half time after some good play on the edge of the box. Early in the second half Forest equalised through Michael Searle and went on to create some good opportunities. But it wasn’t until the second period of extra time when Leonard Pulevic squeezed the ball in at the near post to seal a Forest victory.
THIRD ROUND HIGHLIGHTS
Eton travelled to Forest in what was a tough match between two evenly match sides. Forest took the lead from a corner in the first half but this was soon cancelled out by a good individual goal from the Eton forward. Eton started the second half strong, with some excellent pressing but it was Forest who took the lead again thanks to a headed goal from a free kick. Two further goals from set pieces meant Forest ran out 4-1 winners.
Grange managed to go into the break with a one goal advantage over Bury GS through a neat finish from Sam Mather-Dodd. More chances came for both teams in the second half but Grange were more clinical and scored two more goals to leave the final score 3-0.
Kings School, Chester started the game on the front foot, dominating possession within midfield. King’s defence took control and limited the Birkdale strikers to shots from outside the box. The deadlock was broken in the 25th minute when Luke Allen, for Kings, curled the ball into the corner of the net. The second half saw King’s raise the tempo and Calum Huxley went on a jinxing run to slot the ball past the keeper. Luke Allen got his second with a 25 yard chip. King’s scored two more goals to secure the win. Birkdale did pulled one back within the final seconds.
Repton battled their way to victory in a very tight affair against Aldenham. Aldenham twice took the lead and with the second coming just two minutes short of full time, looking to have sealed the win. However, Eno Nto levelled with a last gasp attack for Repton and although both teams had good chances, they could not be separated by extra time. Four of the first eight penalties failed to find their target with both 'keepers making excellent saves but the fifth round proved decisive - Milan Stanojevic saving onto the bar for Repton before Harrison Solomon converted for the win.
Hampton had the better start at home to Charterhouse and went ahead through striker Freddy Hodgson. Charterhouse then posed a strong threat before and after the half-time interval, however, lapses in concentration at the back allowed Hampton two further goals. Freddy Hodgson completed his hat-trick and got Hampton’s fourth, in the later stages of the game.
An explosive start by Whitgift saw them race into a 2-0 lead. Whitgift continued their impressive performance scoring another four before half time. Highgate compacted the game in the second half and managed to score on the counter attack but the home team managed to score four more with Musiala netting eight of the total.
A cagy first half saw City of London take the lead through Ollie O’Neill from the penalty spot. Bede’s slowly got back into the game, equalising just before half time through Rex Lane. In the second half Bede’s applied most of the pressure, but City of London took the lead again through Ollie O’Neill. Bede’s responded with Rex Lane equalising from a corner. This spurred Bede’s on and Orlando Anker put them in front. Nasje Brockington scored again for Bede’s to make it 4-2, rounding off an enthralling cup tie.
Luke Allen's free kick in the opening half was enough to earn King's Chester victory over Cheadle Hulme. The first half was dominated by King's with Brad Fotheringham and Daniel Lokko creating many chances. A spectacular strike from Owen Jones was well saved by the Cheadle Hulme keeper. The second half saw Cheadle Hulme come back into the match creating opportunities only for King’s goalkeeper to keep them at bay.
A close first half saw University College School and St John’s, Enfield level at half time at 1-1. A long range free kick gave St Johns the lead, but a great save from the St Johns keeper fell to the onrushing UCS midfielder who tapped it in to the empty net. UCS’s pressure built in the second half, and eventually UCS got the winning goal from a corner.
Winchester started the game quickly and put the Millfield defence under pressure. Against the run of play Millfield grabbed two quick goals through Press and McCallum. Another five goals before half time killed the match off, but the Winchester boys came out fighting in the second half and never gave up. Despite Millfield scoring another three Winchester were delighted to grab a consolation goal in the final few minutes.
Alleyn’s almost took the lead with a long ball into the box, but it was Bede’s who opened the scoring just before half time when Rex Lane scored two quick-fire goals. The second half saw both sides having chances but Alleyn’s could not capitalise on their attack, while Bede’s managed to convert their chance they secured a place in the third round.
Eton proved too good for Lancing, scoring four first half goals and eventually winning 5-0 with goals from Barnaby Lee, Marc Pagani, Philip Gray, Jamie Winterbottom and Inigo Russell. However Lancing goalkeeper Hugo Gillespie won huge plaudits with some fine saves before he was forced to go off injured.
Hampton made it a difficult task for visiting Haileybury from the outset, with a fine strike and a penalty in the first five minutes. Hampton took a 5-0 lead into the break. Haileybury started the second half well and capitalised on some indecisive Hampton play at the back, before Hampton again found some fine passing form and four more goals in the final twenty minutes of the tie.
Charterhouse produced a scintillating attacking display against a spirited Bedales side. Charterhouse scored five goals in each half securing their place in the final sixteen.
Repton created chances early on but were met by a resolute Twycross defence. Repton broke the deadlock midway through the first half and Twycross were unlucky not to level shortly after, hitting the woodwork. In the second half, Twycross continued to defend well under significant pressure from the visitors but, as the game wore on, they began to open up a little and slotted home two more goals.
Millfield broke early and scored their first with a tap in at the near post. Millfield’s speed and decisiveness quickly made the score 7-0 by half-time. Winchester tried to rally in the second half but were unable to make effective use of the ball in the final third. Millfield added three more to the scoresheet before Winchester grabbed the last goal.
Forest where 1-0 up at half time but Trinity equalised early in the second half with a curling shot from outside the area. Forest took the lead again and rounded off the scoring with a few minutes to spare.
Chigwell set out to frustrate and contain their visitors and managed a good job until midway through the first half when a quick fire hat trick gave Whitgift an unassailable 3-0 half time lead. Whitgift improved greatly in their attacking play in the second half and were able to add six more goals before Chigwell got one back from a corner.
The Grange made a quick start to the game and found themselves 4-0 up after 25 minutes. Manchester GS fought their way back into the match, grabbing a goal back and missed an opportunity to take the lead with a missed penalty. Manchester claimed an early goal in the second half sparking the game back into life but a resolute Grange defence stood strong and managed to grab another late goal to secure the win.
In a barnstorming first half, LVS Ascot took an early lead and dominated the early exchanges against Chigwell. Chigwell equalised but LVS soon restored their lead before the Essex boys gradually played their way into the match and equalised before half-time. There were less clearcut chances in the second half but Chigwell clinched victory with a header at the far post from a corner.
Millfield started the game strongly and were two goals up within ten minutes. Millfield dominated possession for the majority of the half, adding a further three goals before half time. Lingfield Notre Dame fought valiantly throughout the game and limited Millfield’s chances in the second half. Towards the end of the half the Lingfield defenders started to tire and Millfield were able to add three more goals to consolidate their victory.
Manchester GS scored the opening goal from a corner in the fourth minute. In the second half, Manchester GS missed the opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot. Moorland equalised from a header with fifteen minutes to go. Manchester reacted well to this and slotted home another goal to secure the victory.
Alleyn's started quickly and were 3 up after 20 minutes. Despite a valiant effort from Frensham, they were unable to stave off the home side who rode out 8-0 winners.
Hampton started the first half brightly and took the lead through a strike from outside the box. Hampton added another before half time giving them a 2-0 lead. Brentwood came out strong in the second half and pressed well, however, Hampton headed home from a free kick. The Brentwood pressure paid off and they were back in the game, with a deserved goal, but Hampton scored again in the closing stages to secure the game.
Despite chances at either end, both Repton and Priory went into the half time break goalless. Early in the second period, Repton scored the goal that proved decisive, latching onto a loose ball in the Priory penalty area. The game remained very even and with both Repton and Priory creating several good chances in the closing stages but it finished 1-0.
The Grange enjoyed the majority of possession in the first half and went into the break 2-0 up thanks to two set pieces. After the Break Shrewsbury rallied and got back into the game with a goal, however, two more goals from The Grange finished the game off to leave the final score 4-1.
City of London took a strong lead in the early stages scoring three goals in the first twenty minutes. Colfe's responded well and worked tirelessly in defence. A further goal, by City of London, was added just before the break. The second half was a much more even fair that was edged by City's fifth.
Bolton began the game well, consistently pushing the hosts back into their own half. After fifteen minutes, Bolton slotted home a well worked free kick. St Bede's played with greater intensity in the second half, knocking home a loose ball in the six-yard box to equalise. However, a well-taken direct free kick secured victory for Bolton.
Bede's School started brightly putting them up 4-1 at half time. Box Hill put up a good fight in the second half pulling back three goals. However, in the closing stages Bede's slotted home two more to secure their place in the next round as 6-4 winners.
Twycross took the lead early, but Princethorpe reacted well giving them a commanding 3-1 lead. Twycross pulled one back just before half time. In the second half Princethorpe enjoyed good possession but were unable to capitalize and looked vulnerable on the break. Two counter attacking goals from Twycross gave them the lead and a final goal from Twycross secured the win despite intense pressure from Princethorpe in the final ten minutes.
St. John's, Enfield, faced Harrodian in their first ever ISFA competition and scored a terrific goal after 20 minutes, a free kick that flew into the top corner of the net. St. John's scored a second putting them on top coming out into the second half. It didn’t take long for St Johns to find the back of the net again, after Harrodian gave away a free kick with 15 minutes to go. However, Harrodian started to apply pressure and pulled two goals back. With two minutes to go Harrodian won a corner which was headed home from the back post completing a fantastic comeback for Harrodian. Extra time could not separate the two teams whereupon St. John’s converted two of their penalties in the shoot-out and Harrodian failed to score.
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)