The Investec ISFA U13 National Cup Final saw first time finalists, Lochinver House, face last year’s runners up, Whitgift. From kick off both teams pressed looking for the early break, and it was Lochinver House who took the lead after 5minutes. Roberts charged down the right beating the Whitgift full back to cross the ball into the box allowing Gibbs to hit the half volley which deflected in off the post. Whitgift reacted well and were soon rewarded when Amadi calmly hit the ball from outside the 18-yard box over the Lochinver keeper to pull the game back level. Whitgift’s confidence grew and after some excellent passing and possession through the thirds the ball fell to Gee who smashed the ball over the Lochinver keeper to put Whitgift in the lead. Whitgift soon extended their lead when Grant’s free kick was whipped into the back post for Castledine to slot home. Lochinver House were unlucky not to reduce the score line before half time after Quesada-Thorn’s free kick into the box was headed wide by Roberts.

In the second half Whitgift came out full of confidence and quickly increased the score line after Amadi made an excellent run and played the ball across goal for McKnight to calmly finish. Whitgift continued to dominate the second half increasing their lead further with goals from Vary (2) and Williams. Lochinver House did not give up and were rewarded for their efforts when Quesada-Thorn scored a fantastic goal putting it across the keeper into the bottom corner. Whitgift, however, extended their lead further when Williams got his second, after his long range effort was misjudged by the Lochinver keeper. Although Lochinver House looked to break forward in the final minutes the game was over and Whitgift are crowned the 2017-18 ISFA Investec U13 Cup Champions.

Whitgift: J.Heaver, B.Mitchell, L.Dang, L.Castledine, B.Grant, M.Amadi, B.Gee, M.Williams, H.McKnight, L.Baverstock, D.Claydon, E.Ford, S.Hill, A.Whitehurst, E.Fitzgerald, F.Vary

Lochinver House: O.Webster, M.Smeaton, J.Bracken, D.Harris, H.Phantis, S.Wilks, A.Poulter, S.Polledri, M.Roberts, T.Gibbs, E.Quesada-Thorn, S.Symeou, J.Hely-Hammond, M.Aitken 

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The semi final between Whitgift and Royal Russell did not disappoint. The two Croydon schools met and the match quickly turned in to a cagey game of defence verses attack, with the visitors, Royal Russell, keen to defend and hit on the break and the home team, Whitgift looking to be forceful and positive. Both teams had chances in the first half with Royal Russell having a goal disallowed due to an offside, meaning the half time score was 0-0. With Royal Russell’s work rate and effort starting to show and Whitgift being a bit more expensive the first goal came shortly after half time to break the Royal Russell resistance and ease the pressure that was building on Whitgift. After that Whitgift opened up the Royal Russell defence adding six more goals to secure their place in the final. 

The semi-final between Lochinver House and Bolton was a thrilling affair. Lochinver started the game brightly and scored two early goals through Quesada-Thorn and Gibbs. Bolton came into the game well and looked good in possession of the ball. Two well taken goals made the score 2-2, on the balance of play, a deserved share of the game. Roberts then slotted the ball in the coroner after a scramble in the box to make the score 3-2 to Lochinver at half time. Having defended very well in the early stages of the half, Lochinver's defence was broken again, after stealing the ball in midfield, Bolton countered quickly to level the game. A moment of magic came with around 8 minutes to go, as Quesada-Thorn bent a free kick into the top corner to give the hosts the lead again. Bolton continued to look dangerous but Lochinver battled hard to protect their lead. Quesada-Thorn completed his hat trick late on to seal the win. The game was a fantastic advert for ISFA football, played in the right way throughout. Commiserations to Bolton who played very well. However, Lochinver progress to their first final having lost out in the semis three years ago. 


A fairly drab December afternoon saw a really fantastic quarter final. Lochinver House started well against Ardingly, looking composed in possession. The hosts, Ardingly, came into the game, creating a few half chances in the first half. Both sides looked organised and defended well, resulting in the game remaining goalless at half time. The second half was a great watch. Ardingly were awarded a penalty early on, which was saved brilliantly by Webster. Lochinver kept probing and finally scored as Roberts went around the goalkeeper and slotted it past the two defenders on the line. Ardingly kept the pressure on and Lochinver missed a penalty to extend their lead. As the hosts looked to equalise, they left themselves vulnerable at the back, with Lochivner scoring two late goals to progress to the semi-final.

A comprehensive performance from the Whitgift saw them dictate the match against University College School from start to finish. Whitgift managed to score 4 goals in the first half and were kept at bay by some great saves from the UCS goalkeeper. The second half followed the same pattern as the first and Whitgift managed to add a further six goals.

Royal Russell progressed to the Semi Finals after an exciting quarter final match against The John Lyon went to a penalty shootout. John Lyon started brightly and took the lead through Otaruoh, pouncing on the rebound from Ellard’s close range effort. As the first half continued, John Lyon produced some excellent passages of play, and were unlucky not to have doubled their lead through Lombardi, who shot narrowly wide after great play down the left by Ellard. With the prize of a semi-final place at stake, Royal Russell rallied bravely in the second half, putting John Lyon under pressure as they looked to get themselves the equalising goal. John Lyon defence stood firm until the last minute of stoppage time, when a long ball into the box was only half cleared by the John Lyon defence, and fell to the feet of the on-coming Royal Russell forward to score an excellent right footed volley into the top corner of the net to take the tie into extra time. After a stalemate during extra-time, the match went to penalty kicks, and Royal Russell sealed their place in the semi-finals with a 4-3 win in the shootout.

Stockport GS got off to an excellent start in the quarter final and took the lead after 10 mins with a 30 yard chip to catch the keeper off his line. Bolton responded superbly and quickly levelled things up after only a few minutes with an opportunist strike from Joe Irving. This was followed up by a thunder bolt of a strike from the outstanding captain Joel Burgess to give the keeper no chance. The second half resumed in much the same format with Bolton dominating possession with some breath taking football. The game was put to bed with a neat right foot volley from Asghar to make it 3-1 after some excellent wing play. Stockport didn’t give up and kept going until the end rattling the post with a low drive, but Bolton rubbed salt into the wounds by going up the other end and putting the ball in the back of the net through Fisher to make it 4-1.


Ardingly Prep began their game with Truro strongly and applied pressure straight from the off.  However Truro stood firm and held Ardingly at bay for the first 15 minutes. Finally the breakthrough did come through Ethan Cowdrey who finished well at the bck post.  At half time the score was 2-0 to Ardingly and the match continued in much the same fashion after the break. Ardingly piled forward at every opportunity as Truro defended bravely. Ardingly eventually added a third and put the game to bed. Truro showed tremendous character and continued to play attractive football throughout.

St.Bede's started off the game extremely strong and capitalised on defensive mistakes to make the game 2-0 to the home team by half time.  Bolton changed things around at half time and started to play some excellent football in the second half, making it difficult for the home team to get out of their own half.  After some excellent build up play, a superb brace from Luca Latona levelled the score. The ascendency was definitely with Bolton now as they continued to dominate.  A third well worked goal was scored from Kampers, and the game was then cemented in the last few minutes with a cheeky lob into the top corner from Darbyshire. 

A frenetic first half saw some good early chances at either end of the pitch. Royal Russell then had the better of the first half in regards of possession though Latymer Upper always looked dangerous on the break. There was no score at full time and then, late in the second period of extra time, a direct free kick evaded everyone and sent Royal Russell through.

Princethrope scored early in the game, looking organised in the opening stages. However, Lochinver House scored some well taken goals to go into half time on the front foot. A very entertaining second half saw Lochinver House slot home on numerous occasions to secure a place in the quarter final. 

John Lyon started brightly, but it was Kings House who opened the scoring from close range following a good save from the John Lyon keeper, Jariwala. Not deterred by the early setback, John Lyon produced some excellent passages of play before Lombardi and Onabanjo put them in front with two well-struck long-range efforts shortly before the interval. The second half saw more of the same from the home side, who went 3-1 up from another great strike from Onabanjo. Kings House rallied bravely, putting John Lyon under pressure. Kings House were unfortunately undone by a superb counterattack in the closing minutes, with Otaruoh slotting the ball past the advancing keeper to secure John Lyon’s place in the Quarter Final draw.

A dominant display by Whitgift against Brighton College led them into the quarter finals. Three goals in the first half followed by four in the second half made it an impressive home win.

Stockport Grammar School reached their first ever ISFA quarter final in an excellent match away at Manchester Grammar School. The hosts struck first with a fine run and finish from the left winger going into the break a goal up after an even half. Stockport hit back early in the second half when a clearance from keeper, Graham, was latched on to by Lynn who expertly lobbed the advancing MGS keeper. A penalty awarded from a corner saw Wilkinson put Stockport ahead before Wilkinson’s mazy run into the area ended with his cross being tucked away by Mills to put Stockport 3-1 up. Manchester hit back with a superb long range free kick which hit the top corner to set up a frantic finish in which Stockport just clung on.

University College School v. Rokeby 


Ludgrove started strong against Ardingly with numerous attacks, however, the Ardingly defence fought manfully to repel. Ardingly started to settle and took the lead when Lonsdale converted a penalty. Ludgrove did not let this phase them and equalised before half time. In the second half Ludgrove came out strong taking the lead within a minute. Ardingly fought and levelled through Griffiths. The game was end to end and pushed to extra time but no more goals came. Eight successful penalty kicks ensued before Ardingly keeper Cash saved one and captain Francis stepped up to win it for Ardingly, 5-4 on pens.

Brighton College dominated much of the first half and peppered Eton House the Manor’s defence, however, they were very organised at the back and the score remained goalless at half time. In the second half Brighton had an early break through with a great strike that found the bottom corner. Brighton strengthened their grip on the game when Eton conceded an own goal after excellent play down the left-hand side. Brighton’s confidence grew and they scored another goal to secure the win.  

After a bright start, a freak injury to the St. Bede’s College goalkeeper resulted in a dropped kick that went straight to the RGS Newcastle centre-forward who returned it with interest to put them 1-0 up, a lead which they maintained going into half time. In the second half RGS doubled their lead netting a rebound after a tremendous save from the St Bede’s keeper, Sonny. However, St. Bede’s reacted and with 15 minutes to go saw they begin to exert control. Ross pulled a vital goal back having followed up a shot that their keeper spilt before Luke hammered home St. Bede’s equaliser with five minutes to go. In extra time St. Bede’s dominated possession and a cool finish from Markel secured a St. Bede’s victory.

Chigwell defended well restricting Whitgift to limited chances. When Whitgift did get through the Chigwell goalkeeper made some great saves. Whitgift continued to attack throughout and eventually ran out 4-0 winners after Gee and William's grabbed two goals each.

In a close game Truro progressed by taking their chances. A penalty from Murray and a good finish from Melville secured an excellent win. LVS Ascott battled throughout the match but Truro's defence stayed compact to keep their visitors out. 

Latymer Upper started brightly but found it hard to break down a strong Wetherby Prep defence. It was Wetherby that had the great early chance, but after striking the post the ball would only roll along the line. This spurred Latymer to life with a goal by Fenwick on the wing and an own goal giving them a two goal lead at the break. Further goals by McLeod, Wray, Woodcack and Gronet saw Latymer finished comfortable winners.

John Lyon prevailed after extra-time in a pulsating fixture against Thomas’s Battersea. Thomas’s raced into a two goal half time lead following a set piece and a well taken finish, but were subsequently pegged back to 4-4 at the end of normal time following some excellent wing play from John Lyon. Extra time saw chances at both ends, but it was John Lyon who prevailed with an excellent left-footed finish from their substitute midfielder.   

Lochinver House started the match well against Highgate. In a competitive tie, Lochinver where 2-0 up at half time. Both teams tried to play and looked composed when in possession of the ball. Three well taken goals from Quesada-Thorn saw the Lochinver run out 4-0 winners.

In windy conditions, after an even first 15 minutes between University College School and RGS Worcester, Burns put UCS ahead from the penalty spot. A great strike by Gordon doubled UCS' lead just before the break. A superb run by Knight was finished off on the volley by Barbarash to make it 3-0. RGS got one back with 15 minutes to go, but a long range strike from Knight killed off any chance of a comeback for RGS.

Manchester GS started brightly and opened the scoring when Livingston’s shot ended in the top corner with the Birkdale unable to get to it. MGS doubled their lead before half time when Thompson scored from a fumble. In the second half MGS continued to press forward and further goals from Thompson,(2), Zamon (2), and Brookshaw saw the visitors run out winners.

Bolton v. Foremarke 
Newland House v. King's House
Princethorpe v. Forest
Rokeby v. Hampton
Royal Russell v. Sevenoaks
Stockport GS v. Moorland


Falcons School for Boys started strong went 1-0 up, against Brighton College, with a lovely finish by Charlie Studer Schrader. This did not deter Brighton College who continued to pass the ball round well in the middle of the park. The game swung on a pendulum as within ten minutes Brighton College had taken the lead with two well taken finishes from Toyo and McMillan. After the break Brighton College began to assert more pressure on the Falcons. Brighton College came out confidence in the second half and they were far more clinical scoring four goals in quick succession through O’Neil (penalty), McMillan, Ethan and Noah. This brought Falcons back to life but it was too little too late. 

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.

Bury v. Bolton
Hereford Cathedral v. Truro 
Highgate v. Harrodian
Ibstock Place v. Eaton House the Manor
Kimbolton v. Forest
King Edward’s, Witley v. LVS Ascot
Latymer Upper v. Bedales
Moorland v. Wolverhampton
Newcastle School for Boys v. RGS Newcastl
Oratory Prep v. RGS Worcester
Princethorpe v. Haileybury
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


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.

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 


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 or by ringing 01733 204445.



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