ELGIN CAPITAL SOUTHERN INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS LEAGUE

SEASON 2016-17 

UNDER-18 FINAL 2016-17 
Bradfield College 3 Royal Russell 0

After some last minute rearranging and despite the best efforts of the weather, the Elgin Capital league found itself at the ground of Tooting and Mitcham FC for what promised to be a hotly contested final between two of the current superpowers of Independent Schools Football with several representative boys on show.

With the prestigious Boodles cup final just two weeks away, Royal Russell could not have hoped for a stiffer test in preparation and following their 1st round exit to the other finalists Millfield and their defeat in last year’s Elgin Capital final against Ardingly, Bradfield were determined to take the spoils. Especially given the vocal and impressive supporters contingent that made the journey to watch.

The game started at a truly blistering pace; Bradfield impressing from the off with the quality, speed and precision of their passing but it became clear that Royal Russell had come to run hard and they chased the ball down aggressively from the off. Despite the best efforts of the school from Croydon, Bradfield’s resolve to keep possession and open up the Russell defence did not falter and they began to profit from some excellent combination play on the left and down the middle and were rewarded in the with the opener when James smith coolly slotted home in a well manufactured one on one with the Russell keeper.

It was clear that Royal Russell were not going to fade away and their impressive running began to tell as they worked the ball into better areas forcing the Bradfield defence into action. However, they were good for it and the first half ended 1-0.

The second half began at a predictable but still awe inspiring breakneck speed. Royal Russell out of the traps and adding an element of physicality to their pressing game that had not been as prevelant before the break but again Bradfield were a match for it and it wasn’t long before they made their strength tell, Calum Holden combining down the right before out muscling the first Royal Russell defender, brushing off a second before slamming home across the keeper into the bottom left in the move of the night.

Royal Russell had clearly banked on unsettling Bradfield but despite their best efforts they began to tire and Bradfield’s possession began to tell. When Holden again burst through, he was brought down in a good position on the edge of the area and from the resulting free kick, the ball struck thunderously against the underside of the bar and popped out to Ed Cook who calmly slotted home to the delight of his teammates and the crowd. Due in no small part to the fact that he had been so instrumental in stemming the onrushing Royal Russell tide in his role at the back.

UNDER-15 FINAL 2016-17

BRENTWOOD 2 HAMPTON 1

Cold and damp conditions did nothing to dampen the fire and enthusiasm of both teams in what proved to be a hotly contested encounter between two excellent sides. Hampton started at an impressive tempo with flowing moves from left to right and penetrative wing play that left both Brentwood full backs scrabbling to deal with their turn of pace and change of direction. Hampton were rewarded for their positive play with a goal within 10 minutes and to many it looked like Brentwood may be in for a long night.

However despite the continued pressure and seemingly dominant possession from Hampton, they couldn't make it pay and for every squandered opportunity, Brentwood took strength and dragged themselves further back into the game. They were unable to penetrate the Hampton back line but by half time were certainly playing in better areas.

Having hung in for the half with some determined and resolute defending, Brentwood came out of the blocks fast at the restart, more combative they begun to gain a foothold in the midfield but again Hampton created some gilt edged chances which they couldn't finish. As time ticked away from them, Brentwood risked more, pressing higher and scrapping for every loose ball and they were finally rewarded with a Free kick in a decent central position. Even the most ardent Brentwood supporter might have agreed that despite a gritty and determined effort, it was going to take something truly special to swing the game in Brentwood's favour but Joe MacDonald was up to the task striking the ball ferociously and glancing it in off the underside of the bar. The moment was given greater import still when full time was blown just a minute later.

It must have been a tough pill for Hampton but it was their time to show that they were made of sterner stuff and the came out for extra time with and even greater commitment to shifting the ball and the Brentwood defence, opening up channels and creating opportunities. However, Brentwood now firmly had the bit between their teeth and a Dom Clatworthy goal clinched it for them. Hampton were left to rue missed opportunities but could take pride in what otherwise was a near faultless performance in tough conditions but Brentwood were able to demonstrate the value of determined team effort in pursuit of a magic moment that turned a game on its head.

Gabriel Gerlis of Brentwood was named Man of the match in front of an appreciative if cold and slightly damp crowd.

LEAGUE TABLES 2016-17

UNDER-18 TOURNAMENT 

NORTH LEAGUE TABLE

 

North U18 Fixtures and Results

 

SOUTH LEAGUE TABLE

 

South U18 Fixtures and Results

 

UNDER-15 TOURNAMENT

NORTH LEAGUE TABLE

 

North U15 Fixtures & Results

 

SOUTH LEAGUE TABLE

 

South U15 Fixtures & Results

 

PREVIOUS FINALS (U18)

2006-07 ST. BEDE'S 3 Westminster 1 
2007-08 CHARTERHOUSE 3 Bradfield 0 
 
2008-09 LANCING 1 Highgate 0 
2009-10 CHARTERHOUSE 1 Eton 0 
2010-11 ST. BEDE'S 2 Eton 0
2011-12 CHARTERHOUSE 4 Eton 1
2012-13 ALLEYN'S 2 Eton 1 after extra-time
2013-14 BRADFIELD 3 Alleyn's 1
2014-15 ARDINGLY 1 Bradfield 0
2015-16 ARDINGLY 4 Bede's 1

PREVIOUS FINALS (U15)

2015-16 ALLEYN'S 3 Brentwood 2
2016-17 BRENTWOOD 2 Hampton 1

 

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