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.
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Whitgift are through to yet another U13 Investec Cup Final, after a convincing win over Brentwood. There was little to choose between the team during the first twenty minutes. However, Whitgift showed their ruthlessness in the ten minutes before half-time slotting home three times. Brentwood battled bravely in the second half but Whitfgift added three more to clinch the victory, though the score line was not a true reflection of the game with Brentwood putting up a good fight.
The long journey from the London suburbs to cold and drizzly North Lancashire proved a step to far for Shrewsbury House, as Moorland eased into the final. Moorland took an early lead at 5minutes, but Jaamie Qureshi stunning free kick gave Shrewsbury House hope. However, Moorland soon restored their lead and where 4-1 up at half time. The second half was a more even affair but Moorland added a fifth to seal the victory. Moorland goalscorers: Ben Kershaw secured a hat-trick (3) and a poacher's brace from Liam Fannon (2).
King's House had done extremely well to reach the quarter final for the first time but their run came to an abrupt halt at the hands of Brentwood. The result was never in doubt from the point the Fiz Jaiyesiny opened the scoring after 8 minutes. Harrison Clayden scored a hat-trick, Joel Callen scored two and Ethan Morris added the final goal in a 7-0 triumph.
Shrewsbury started the game quickly scoring early. Good work from Jaami Qureshi allowed Joshua Bellamy a sided footed volley to open the scoring. It wasn't long before Jaami Qureshi doubled the lead. Alleyns did not give up producing a great individual goal just before half time. The second half was very competitive but it was Shrewsbury who managed to improve their lead through a Qureshi free kick. The scoring was completed when Avi Kochhar tapped in for the fourth.
In an action packed Croydon derby, Royal Russell shocked reigning champions Whitgift when David Kagwa opened the scoring - but Fedor Macorov equalised for Whitgift within a minute. However, after an even first-half, Whitgift took control after the break with Xavier Benjamin and Fionn Mooney scoring twice in a minute and then Tom Blake (2) and another from Mooney wrapped up a 6-1 win.
An impressive Moorland side proved too good for brave Prestfelde, winning 4-0. Prestfelde started well but Liam Fannon opened the scoring for Moorland after 8 minutes and Fannon then doubled the lead when he headed home a cross mid-way through the first half. Early in the second half Adam Wharton long range effort was deflected home by Fannon to complete his hat-trick. Harry Lenard completed the scoring.
In an extraordinary encounter, Royal Russell staged a classic “smash and grab” heist at Aldenham! Aldenham dominated the match but simply could not score and found Russell goalkeeper Toby McKim in truly heroic form. Bobby Moore gave the visitors the lead after a fine move on the break in the first half. Aldenham threw everything forward in the second period and missed a penalty before Ozzie Ufuah finally headed home the equaliser to take the game to extra-time – but all Aldenham’s pressure proved in vain as Jack-Henry Francis scored twice in the extra period to clinch victory.
A truly thrilling match which could have gone either way ended up with the Sevenoaks just losing out. Whitgift raced into a 2-0 lead but a spirited comeback saw Sevenoaks go into the break 3-2 up. Whitgift edged ahead again only to be pegged back before scoring the winner.
Brentwood came out deserved winners in a hard fought game. Westbrook Hay took the lead through Freddie Moriarty after a counter attack and Brentwood equalised before the half time break. Brentwood were stronger in the second half and took the lead. Brentwood scored another goal in the last minute to secure the victory.
Little separated Alleyn’s and Kimbolton. Alleyn's were the only side to break through with fine combination through the middle of the pitch, which was enough to secure the win.
In a tight and close contest, Prestfelde had the better of the first half, before Bury GS hit back to have the majority of the possession and territory after the break. Neither side could find the break though and the game finished 0-0. In an even extra time, Prestfelde missed a penalty before the game was decided in a penalty shoot out, Prestfelde winning 3-2.
Kings House and Hampton was still even at the break. The second half started in the same vein, but with fifteen minutes to go King’s House took the lead, a cross from the left being poked home by Kahane. Kings House doubled their lead a minute later as a free kick from 30 yards out was hit by Pearce into the top left hand corner. As Hampton pushed forward in search of a comeback Kings House scored a third on the break. Hampton grabbed a consolation goal in injury time.
Shrewsbury House started on the front foot and pressed Dulwich College quickly, opening the scoring through Joshua Bellamy. A second for Shrewbsbury followed through Avi Kochhar. Freddie Simpson followed up with a third from a free kick which evaded everybody and went straight in to the net. After half time Dulwich tried to press but the Shrewsbury defence held firm. Shrewsbury rounded the scoring off with three good goals coming from Max Iannotti and Jaami Qureshi (2).
Sevenoaks scored first through their quick striker and netted three more in the same way. Bournemouth Collegiate pulled one back before half time, and had ample opportunities to score more but just couldn't convert their chances. The second half saw a similar story Sevenoaks added two more to run out 6-2 winners.
Shrewsbury House started the game strongly and created a few early chances against City of London. A superb team passing move was netted home through a header. The lead was doubled five minutes later and Shrewsbury House finished the half strongly by adding a third. In the second half Shrewsbury kept up the pressure where they added a fourth goal to conclude the game
Hampton opened the scoring when their central midfielder hit a speculative long range effort, and they soon added a second to go 2-0 at the break. Latymer started the second half with some clever determined play, however Hampton went further ahead and added three more goals. Latymer responded and got a deserved goal. A good move resulted in Hampton’s sixth goal to make the final score 6-2.
University College School started brightly and produced some excellent passages of play. However, Alleyn’s gained more of a foothold and were quick to capitalise and open the scoring. UCS continue to work hard but were unfortunate when a clearance found an Alleyn’s shirt and was powered home. In the second half UCS pressed to try and get back into the game but Alleyn’s were able to combine to pick them off on the break and ran out 5-0 winners.
Grammar School at Leeds scored first from a corner. Bootham hit back immediately when good passing around the box resulted in a goal. Leeds regained the lead from another corner. With the game finely poised at 2-1 Bootham pressed hard and were hit twice on the break. Leeds ran out 6-1 winners.
Westbrook began the game on the front foot playing in the LVS Ascot half, but a disorganised Westbrook defence was allowing opportunities for the Ascot attackers. Westbrook managed to convert some of their attacks which settled the away side down and saw them 4-0 up at half time. The game opened up in the second half with Ascot scoring some cracking goals but Westbrook held on to run out 9-3 winners.
Haileybury started brightly, but the Dulwich College goalkeeper prevented them taking the lead. Dulwich took the lead after netting from close range. Haileybury scored on the counter attack to even the scores before Dulwich went 2-1 just before half time. In the second half Dulwich had the upper hand and had a host of opportunities, hitting the post twice and having another cleared off the line before Haileybury scored on the counter attack again. Towards the end Dulwich attacked down the left and netted home a third to claim the victory.
Prestfelde and RGS Worcester could have gone either way. Both sides hit the woodwork in a keenly contested first half. The breakthrough came midway through the second half with Prestfelde scoring from the edge of the 18 yard box to claim the narrow victory.
A very even first half saw Colfe’s more than competitive outfit. Whitgift raced into a 3-0 lead but were pegged back to 4-2 at half time. A much improved performance by Whitgift and a more positive attitude in all aspects of the match saw Whitgift slot home ten goals ending the game 14-3.
Westbrook Hay opened the scoring within the first minute of the game by immediately pressing the Farringtons’ defence. The Farringtons’ goalkeeper was in good form and showed some excellent shot-stopping skills. Westbrook grab two more before the break. Westbrook proved too much for Farringtons’ defence in the second half slotting home seven more goals.
Alleyn's started quickly producing some fine passages of play, which were rewarded with two goals in the first half. Ardingly never stopped battling but as they pushed forward the Alleyn's midfield were able to capitalise on the space left in behind. Despite some keen defending plus an exceptional saved penalty by the Ardingly keeper, the home team rode out 5-0 winners.
Grammar School of Leeds had a bright start scoring two goals in the first half against RGS Newcastle. The second half saw a different set of events, with RGS Newcastle looking to put Leeds under pressure. A well taken goal for RGS Newcastle saw them back in the game, but the Leeds striker ended their hopes with two well taken goals in the last 10 minutes.
Haileybury led Cumnor House 1-0 at half time after tapping home a rebound from the post. In the second half Cumnor House dominated play for long periods before Haileybury responded scoring their second. In the final minutes, Cumnor House worked well to pull a goal back making the final score 2-1.
Reigning champions Whitgift started positively taking an early lead. Trinity battled on but it didn’t take long for Whitgift to double their lead and slotted home another 5 before half time. Whitgift matched their first half score, in the second half, to end the match empathetic 14-0 victors.
Dulwich College made the most of their chances and stretched out to a 3-0 lead just after the half time break. Yardley Court staged a fantastic come back and equalised with the last kick of the game. Extra time was a tense affair but couldn’t produce a winner. Dulwich College struck four fantastic penalties to leave the Yardley Court goalkeeper with no chance sending Dulwich through to the next round.
Highgate took the lead early after an exceptional cross from the right hand side. Ibstock Place reacted positively creating more chances, but it was a penalty that brought the teams equal. In the second half a long shot lobbed the Highgate goalkeeper putting the home side in front. Two further goals were added by Ibstock sending them comfortably into the next round.
In the first game of the first round Rokeby hosted Newland House. Rokeby converted a number of chances creating a 4-0 lead by half time. Newland House started the second half positively, pulling a goal back, but Rokeby continued to create chances and took the score to 6-1. Newland House converted a well taken penalty, but Rokeby added one more goal, moving them into the next round with a 7-2 victory.
Presfelde and Priory were still even going into the second half. It was Prestfelde who opened up the scoring flicking home from a corner. Prestfelde soon doubled their lead converting a free kick. Priory managed to pull one back just before the full time whistle.
St Paul's controlled the first 10 minutes of the game, enjoying almost all of the territory but it was Westbrook who broke scoring three in 30 minutes. Westbrook settled after this although St Paul's did pull one back with a fine counter attacking move. St Paul’s created opportunities to close the deficit but could not capitalise. The home side added another just before half-time. The second half saw seven goals from the home team with two boys gaining hat-tricks, finishing the game 11-1 to Westbrook.
Both Rokeby and Radnor House had their fitness tested in extremely hot conditions. 10 minutes into the game the Radnor House defense was broken down with 4 goals coming in quick concession. Radnor pulled a goal back late on in the first half and early in the second but it was Rokeby who created and converted many opportunities in the late stages of the game to win 11-2.
Sun 5th Mar
ISFA U11 South-West
Thurs 9th Mar
ISFA U11 North-West
(Old Boltonians FC)
Sat 18th Mar
ISFA U11 South-East (Spring)
(John Lyon School)
ISFA U13 Regional
Wed 10th May
ISFA U11 Seven-a-Side Tournament
(St. George's Park)