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PRELIMINARY AND FIRST ROUND HIGHLIGHTS 2017-18

FIRST ROUND

Aldenham started the strong against Chigwell and went into a two goal lead after 20 minutes. Chigwell, through Jordan Erratt, pulled one back before half time. The second half began with Chigwell on the front foot, although both teams were still creating good chances. Oliver Irow was fouled to win Chigwell a penalty which was successfully convert to equal the score at 2-2. Chigwell now had their tails up and minutes later Oscar Lammin converted a cross to win the game 3-2.

Both John Lyon and Dulwich created opportunities to take an early lead, and Dulwich managed to capitalise one of their attacks to go into the break 1-0 up.  In the second half John Lyon started the brighter of the two teams with Remi Onabanjo scoring a free kick. John Lyon continued to apply the pressure and took the lead with a clever chip by James Otaruoh. Then a third goal was scored by Luca Lombardi with an outstanding free kick from 20 yards curling from right to left finishing close to the top corner. Dulwich did not give up and continued to rally and applied a high pressure tactic for the last 10 minutes and were unlucky not to pull a goal back.

Yardley Court started brightly which put them a goal in front against Whitgift. However, Yardley tried to defend their lead meaning the game quickly turned into a case of attack v’s defence. The attacking Whitgift team managed to break down a resolute Yardley Court on six occasions in the first half and then seven without reply in the second half, giving Whitgift a 13-1 victory.

Manchester GS started brightly and opened the scoring in the first couple of minutes with Thompson running pass the Priory defence to slot the ball home. MGS increased their lead when a shot by Scott was misjudged by the Priory keeper. MGS continued to score at ease before Priory pulled a goal back before the break when the forward went pass three defenders to slot the ball home. In the second half, the match became evenly contested with Priory consistently putting the MGS defence under pressure. Both teams scoring in the second period with the final score being 9-3 to MGS.

Bournemouth Collegiate and Hampton was a close game that could have gone either way. BCS dominated possession in the first half but could not put away their chances. Hampton improved in the second half and converted three of their chances to secure the game 3-0. 

St. Bede's College opened the scoring against Abbey Gate College with a flick header from a corner. The response from Abbey Gate was instant and Alex Stewart headed home the equaliser two minutes later after a diagonal free kick form Dan Pittard- Wheeler. St. Bede’s reacted playing a slic passing game. The second St. Bede's goal came again from a corner that was not cleared and then bundled home in the six-yard box putting them in front at half time. St. Bede's extended their lead early in the second half with a well worked move. Abbey Gate displayed resilience to continue to hunt the ball down and after Luca Warwick hit a post Daniel Pittard-Wheeler swept home Abbey Gate’s second goal. Abbey Gate College 2, St Bede’s College 3.

After a cagey first half, City of London went in 1-0 up at the break against Lochinver House. The second half saw Lochinver play some expansive and free flowing football. Having moved the ball well, Lochinver scored 5 to progress to round 2 after a good tie.

A pulsating encounter at Foremarke Hall saw the hosts win with a late thunderbolt from Archie Hidderley in extra time.  However, Cheadle Hulme can consider themselves hard done by as they struck the woodwork twice. Cheadle Hulme had the majority of possession before the break but Foremarke came out with a renewed vigour in the second half and were rewarded when Otto Schneck gave them the lead. Cheadle hit back with a cracking strike to level and both sides had chances to win but it was Hidderley from Foremarke who secured the late extra time winner.

Newland House and Radnor House was an even affair at the start with both teams having opportunities to take the lead. 15minutes in Newland House, Finn Sanderson, capitalised on a counter attack to take the lead. Newland House scored two more goals before then end of the first half. Radnor House applied pressure from the outset of the second half and were very unlucky not to score during this game. Max Jones scored twice for Newland House in the second half and the game ended 5 – 0. 

King’s School, Chester recovered from a bad start to draw level with Stockport GS from 2-0 down. However, King’s failed to maintain their momentum and some poor defending in the final stages allowed Stockport to school three more goals running out 5-2 winners. 

Wetherby Prep against Kingston GS was a very competitive evenly fought fixture between two well-balanced teams. In a close first half encounter KGS went into half time with the slight advantage leading 2-1. Wetherby Prep fought back admirably in the second half to draw even. They then surged ahead, finally running out eventual winners, 4-2. Two of Wetherby’s goal were quite memorable; both coming from long range strikes from outside the 18-yard box. 

Lingfield struggled to contain the Ludgrove attackers with them scoring 6 goals in the first half. Lingfield fought bravely in the second half, but were unable to prevent to prevent the Ludgrove attack.

Birkdale started the brighter of the two teams and quickly went 1-0 up after a neat finish lobbing the Grange Goalkeeper. After this goal it was a much more even contest with several great chances for both teams. Grange equalised through a fine finish by Joe Lewis and the game went into extra-time. The teams could not be separated at the final whistle and the game was to be decided by penalties which Birkdale eventually won 5-4. 

Shrewsbury House v. Sevenoaks An enthralling cup tie which was eventually won in extra time. Joshua Bellamy put Shrewsbury House ahead in the first half. The lead lasted until 5mins from time when Sevenoaks scored. The first half of extra time remained scoreless, however, Sevenoaks scored at the beginning of the second half of extra half and held on to the end.

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Bury v. Bolton
Highgate v. Harrodian
Ibstock Place v. Eaton House the Manor
King Edward’s, Witley v. LVS Ascot
Latymer Upper v. Bedales
Oratory Prep v. RGS Worcester
Rokeby v. St. Martin's
Royal Russell v. Triinity
Thomas's Battersea v. Holme Grange
University College School v. Wetherby Senior 
Willington v. Ardingly College

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Lochinver House started the match well at Lockers Park, scoring three early goals. Playing some good football in the first half saw the score 7-0 at half time. Lockers Park performed much better in the second half, defending well, with their goalkeeper having an excellent game. Lochinver scored 4 further goals in the second half to progress the 1st round. 

Brentwood played all the football and took a deserved 1-0 lead. Haileybury then pinched a goal against the run of play to level the match with a well taken strike from outside the area from Austin Cooper (2). Haileybury gained in confidence and then took the lead with a sublime finish from the captain Max Ecclestone (2). Brentwood then scored a wonderful free kick into the top right hand corner to level the game before Haileybury struck twice in quick succession. With only minutes to spare Brentwood scored another goal to make the final score 4-3.

University College School won a thrilling game, with Lenny Knight scoring the winner with the last kick of the match.  This was the only time in the tie when UCS were leading, with Kew House taking a 4-1 lead with 10 minutes to go.  However, some nice passing in midfield and clinical finishing saw UCS battle back to 4-4 before Kew House took the lead again with a great strike.  However, UCS equalised again, and then went on to score the winner.

The Falcon went 4 goals up with Hereward House still adjusting to their first football of the season. Herewood pulled together excellently and persisted with their passing game, suppressing the Falcon attacks. Kimura-Avakiants fired home across the keeper from 20 yards to reduce the deficit before a fantastic team move ended with Salter hammering a strike into the top corner. The wind picked up in the second half pinning Hereward into our own half but thanks to some superb defending, they only a conceded couple more goals.

Alleyns dominated possession early on but were unable to create a clear-cut chance. After a couple of substitutions and a half time team talk, Harrodian came out with a better attitude, creating some good chances. It wasn’t until the last ten minutes deadlock was broken when Jago Ward made a terrific run into the Alleyns penalty area, but was brought down resulting in a penalty, which Ryan Holt calmly slotted home. Alleyns rallied and came back at Harrodian, forcing Harrodian's Goalkeeper Miles Gutzwiller to make two terrific saves and keep a clean sheet. 

Berkhamsted started well in the match putting together some good passing moves, but John Lyon grew in confidence throughout the game. Jack Heginbottom scored for Berkhamsted with Oluremi Onananjo and James Otaruoh (2) scoring for John Lyon.

Both, Yardley Court and Farringtons, battled in midfield to gain control of the match, with Yardley Court scoring the first goal after a fast counter attack. Farringtons responded not long after with a flowing move resulting in a fantastic one on one finish. The score remained equal at half time. Yardley Court grew in confidence in the second half, scoring two early goals and capitalising on a mistake in the Farringtons defence. They added a 4th not long after until a rejuvenated Farringtons pulled a goal back through consistent pressure. A great match with deserved winners.

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Arnold House v. King’s House 
Bolton v. Leeds GS
Bury GS v. Oldham Hulme
Chigwell v. St. John's, Enfield
St. Paul's Cathedral v. Eaton House The Manor
Trinity v. Colfe's 

2016-17 FINAL: MOORLAND ARE CROWNED INVESTEC U13 CHAMPIONS

The Investec ISFA U13 Cup final was an extremely exciting and tense affair between Moorland and Whitgift. It was a tension packed game with both schools having opportunities to take the lead. Moorland dominated the first ten minutes, passing the ball and driving forward. Massey, from Moorland, did well down the wing, crossing the ball into the striker but it was kicked over the bar.  Whitgift soon settled into the game displaying some fantastic link up play through the middle and coming close on goal. A half that could have gone either way remained goalless at half-time.

The second half was another action-packed half with both teams creating some excellent opportunities. Mooney for Whitgift delivered a great free kick into the box which was headed just wide by Benjamin. Moorland’s Kershaw did some fine work down the wing playing in some dangerous balls. Whigift played an excellent passing game through the Moorland defence resulting in a shot but the Moorland keeper, Howard, pulled off a tremendous double save. The clock was quickly running down and, with only moments to go, Moorland where awarded a penalty but it was kicked wide. Full time 0-0.

Extra time followed the same flow with very even play and both teams having opportunities. Moorland came close when a cross was headed towards goal but the Whitgift keeper, Caballero, manage to tip it over the bar. Whitgift reacted well forcing play back into the Moorlands half. In the second half of extra time Jones slotted home for Moorland but it was ruled offside. The clock was quickly running down and with the game looking like it was going to penalties Moorland broke on the attack in the last minute and Jay Haddow put the ball in the back of the net to claim the victory. It was an extremely exciting Final which could have gone either way, with excellent football being played by both schools. 

All photographs of the Final are courtesy of RWT Photography. These and other photographs of the match and the post-match presentations, along with the match DVD, can be ordered from www.rwt-photography.co.uk or by ringing 01733 204445.

 

 

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