The 2018-19 Elgin Capital league is up and running with some excellent football already being played across all divisions. This year sees the return of several previous Elgin winners and indeed recent national champions but results would already indicate that in what is always a hotly contested league, they will not be having it all their own way!
The introduction of the U14 league opens up a competitive experience to still more boys and we expect this to bring a whole new dimension to the block fixture experience of many of our schools.
We are grateful to ISFA for their continued support of the league and of course our sponsor who have enabled the league to continue to grow in recent years.
Updates will follow on the leagues progress but for now we wish all schools the best of luck for what looks set to be another exciting season!
ELGIN 14 CITY
Bradfield College 1 Royal Russell 0 AET
This year's Elgin Capital League Under 18 final saw holders Bradfield College take on last year's runners-up Royal Russell School at Bromley Football Club. The fixture was a tight affair and the sides could not be separated in normal time. The extra period was required due to a Man-of-the-Match display from Bradfield's captain and goalkeeper Quinn McCallion who pulled off several outstanding saves during the match to keep his side in the game. Praise must also be given to Royal Russell's keeper Lochlan Greenwood who also made a number of good saves throughout including a penalty.
After a quiet opening period it was Royal Russell (RR) who had the first chance of the game on 9 minutes when Ada Okorogheye hit a fierce drive from the edge of the box that flew narrowly wide. Minutes later RR's Adam Aziz made a strong run down the left before cutting into the box and hitting a rising drive that flashed over the bar. Then on 14 minutes Bradfield's McCallion pulled off the first of his spectacular saves diving high to his left to claw away an Aziz shot from the edge of the box. Bradfield's first chance of the game came a few minutes later from a well worked corner routine as Edward Sideso took a corner short pulling the ball back to Joel Valentin who then slipped the ball through onto the run into the box of Sideso but his close range shot was well blocked by Greenwood. On 20 minutes Okorogheye made a good forward run from the half way line before playing the ball through for Luke Spillane-Davis whose shot from the edge of the box flew over. On 22 minutes Bradfield used the same set piece routine from another corner but this time when Valentin played in Sideso he whipped in a low cross that flashed through the RR box with a stretching Edward Cook just failing to get a touch. On 29 minutes it looked as if RR had broken the deadlock when Spillane-Davis pulled the ball back from the bye line for Kyrique Garvey-Williams whose swept shot beat McCallion low to his right but was cleared off the line to safety by Valentin guarding their right hand post. Spillane-Davis then made a good run down the right before cutting into the box and hitting a shot over. RR were having a really good spell of pressure and on 35 minutes Princewill Ogunmekan's through ball found Aziz on the edge of the box but his fierce shot on the turn flew straight at McCallion. Minutes later RR went close again to opening the scoring when Aziz curled a free kick from the edge of the D over the Bradfield defensive wall but the ball landed on the roof of the net. RR then missed a good opportunity to open the scoring on 41 minutes when a Leo Lawless cross from the right deflected off a Bradfield defender sending the ball looping up to the far post where an unmarked Spillane-Davis headed wide. He had another chance just before half time when an Aziz right wing cross picked out his run into the box but this time his header flew straight at McCallion. The final action of the first half saw Bradfield go close to scoring when a long ball from the back from Jonathan Cheung saw Jack Whishaw race through on goal and just manage to slip the ball around the advancing RR keeper Greenwood as he rushed off his line to clear but Benjamin Leeson was able to get back and clear the ball away to safety.
The second half continued with RR having the majority of the possession. On 57 minutes McCallion was again forced into action diving high to his right to push away a Spillane-Davis shot from the edge of the box before minutes later he dived low to his left to save a Garvey-Williams shot. On 69 minutes McCallion made the second of his superb saves when Aziz drilled in a powerful shot from the edge of the box that had the Bradfield keeper stretching high to his right to tip the ball onto the bar and out for a corner. On 72 minutes Bradfield had a great chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty after Jack Hodgkinson's incisive through ball had put Jonathan Cheung in on goal but as he was about to round Greenwood he was upended by the RR keeper. Hodgkinson took the spot kick firing the ball to the right of Greenwood who diving that way pushed it away to safety. RR continued to have the better of the game with Joshua Newbury-Teeluck firing a shot on the turn narrowly over before Leeson's pass found the run into the box of Alex Taylor whose low shot was well saved by McCallion diving to his right. On 84 minutes Okorogheye made another lung bursting forward run from the half way line before slipping the ball into Newbury-Teeluck whose shot flew straight at the busy McCallion before Okorogheye made another good forward run into the box but again his shot flew straight at the Bradfield keeper. Bradfield then had a great chance to win the game on 90 minutes when Sideso's low right wing cross flew across the face of goal to the far post where a stretching Hodgkinson could only poke the ball wide. Into stoppage time RR might have won it when Aziz unleashed another thunderbolt of a shot but again he was thwarted by McCallion flying high to his right tipping the ball over for a corner. The final action of normal time saw Bradfield's Billy Bolt get through on goal but then shoot straight at Greenwood.
The game was now into extra time with two periods of 10 minutes. RR's players had given their all in normal time with many suffering from cramp. Bradfield on the other hand having absorbed so much pressure through the match dominated extra time. They went close early on when Hodgkinson got through on goal but he shot straight at Greenwood. On 97 minutes Sideso's pass put Ethan Cheung in on goal but Greenwood was quickly off his line to make a good close range block. However on the stroke of half time in extra time Bradfield finally broke the deadlock when Jonathan Cheung found space on the edge of the box and hit a rising shot on the turn that beat Greenwood high to his right the ball, sending the ball crashing against the bar before it bounced down and out with the linesman signalling that it had crossed the line before flying out. In the second period of extra time RR tried hard to push for an equaliser but could not make any impression on the Bradfield defence. Indeed it was Bradfield who almost scored again when Sideso hit a rising drive that Greenwood saved well diving high to his right. After this Bradfield saw out the remaining time without mishap to retain the Elgin Capital League Cup with Royal Russell School again being the runners-up.
Ardingly 6 Brentwood 3
On a clear but very cold evening the intrepid Ardingly and Brentwood U15 squads plus supporting staff journeyed to the venue for the Elgin Capital league Cup final, Hayes Lane, home of Bromley FC.
The two sides met in the quarter final of the ISFA cup when, having trailed 0-1 for most of the match Ardingly scored twice in the last 4 minutes to win. Brentwood would no doubt be seeking revenge and sure enough they started very strongly, dominating the early phases of the game with the Ardingly team seeming rather nervous and tentative in their play. Ardingly conceded a succession of free kicks in dangerous positions. It was after 11 minutes that one of these led to the opening goal for Brentwood as they headed home smartly from a great delivery. This appeared to shock Ardingly into action as they came into the game strongly from the restart. A stunning equaliser from Alfie Baldock was soon followed by a flowing move which ended in a second. By now the game had completely changed and 3 mins from half time a superb pass released the Ardingly centre forward who finished calmly. As half time approached Ardingly now looked comfortable at 3-1 but with literally the last kick of the half Brentwood scored to change the whole complexion of the game and send the teams to the dressing room with plenty to ponder.
As the teams emerged for the second half it soon became apparent that the goal just before half time had not rattled the Ardingly boys as they continued to play with a calmness and composure which belied their years. Brentwood were good for the challenge though, driving the pace of play defending well and carrying a threat at all times. On a large pitch both teams worked hard to retain possession, waiting patiently for their opposition to tire. However, as the game progressed more space opened and with 15 minutes to go the Ardingly centre forward and man of the match Tim Esan engineered an opportunity for himself and shot into the bottom corner to make it 4-2. Brentwood stumbled as Ardingly scored a fifth but rallied bravely with 4 minutes to play Brentwood scoring from a poorly cleared corner. At 5-3 Brentwood had the wind in their sails and pushed hard. However, Esan made the most of the growing space in behind and completed his hat-trick with a stylish goal, working his way from the touchline into the 18yd box, into the 6 yd box and tapping home. Ardingly were deserving 6-3 winners of the Elgin Capital U15 trophy 2018.
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 AET
2013-14 BRADFIELD 3 Alleyn's 1
2014-15 ARDINGLY 1 Bradfield 0
2015-16 ARDINGLY 4 Bede's 1
2016-17 BRADFILED COLLEGE 3 Royal Russell 0
2017-18 BRADFIELD COLLEGE 1 Royal Russell 0 AET
PREVIOUS FINALS (U15)
2015-16 ALLEYN'S 3 Brentwood 2
2016-17 BRENTWOOD 2 Hampton 1
2017-18 ARDINGLY 6 Brentwood 3