MATCH REPORTS ON THE FINALS
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U18 FINAL: ROYAL RUSSELL 2 ARDINGLY 1
This year's Elgin Capital League Under 18 final saw last year's runners-up Royal Russell School take on Ardingly College at Bromley Football Club on their excellent 3g pitch. A strong wind was blowing down the pitch throughout the game which made playing conditions challenging but both sides tried to get the ball down and play good passing football. Royal Russell (RR) with the wind behind them started the game brightly with their winger Joshua Newbury-Teeluck making a strong run down the left before cutting into the box and drilling a low shot narrowly wide across the face of goal. Minutes later Ryland John's clever lobbed pass over the Ardingly back line put Ada Okorogheye in on goal on the right side of the area but from an acute angle he fired over. After these early chances the game settled down with a well organised Ardingly being pushed back on the defensive as RR probed for openings. On 25 minutes Newbury-Teeluck, perhaps spotting Ardingly keeper Eddie Allan off his line, tried a deep cross/shot from the right that Allan back pedalling caught high above his head. Ardingly then took the lead a minute later as RR in trying to play out from the back gave the ball away as Diego Richardson's intended pass to Aaron Ibe was intercepted by Tom Cunningham who quickly released the speedy Alfie Baldwin through on goal. He raced away from his marker into the box before coolly slotting home low to the left of RR keeper Sam Long. On the half hour mark it looked as if RR would draw level when Newbury-Teeluck's deft pass put Okorogheye in on goal but Allan was quickly off his line to make a partial block and with the ball rolling goalwards Will Rogers managed to get back to clear the ball away for a corner. Just before half time a Kyrique Garvey-Williams pass sent Leon Thomas away down the left and he got to the bye line before cutting back into the box and hitting a fierce shot from a tight angle that Allan held at his near post. The last chance of the first half saw Newbury-Teeluck make a good forward run to the edge of the box and hit a dipping shot that Allan held moving to his left. The second half saw RR continue on the offensive firing in a number of shots that Ardingly defenders managed to block. On 56 minutes Garvey-Williams made space well some 30 yards from goal before hitting a low shot that Allan saved well diving full length to his left. Just after the hour mark RR finally drew level when the impressive Newbury-Teeluck made a strong run from the half way line before drilling in a 25 yard shot that flashed home low to the left of the diving Allan. A few minutes later RR went close to taking the lead when Thomas got free down the right to the bye line before pulling the ball back for the on rushing Newbury-Teeluck whose first time shot was deflected away off an Ardingly defender for a corner. From this corner the ball fell to Jack Gallagher whose powerful shot was blocked by the arm of Finn Fassin and RR were awarded a penalty. Nathan Daniels took the spot kick firing the ball home low to the right of Allan who dived left. Ardingly tried to make in-roads into the well organised RR defence but it was not until the last minute of the game that they tested Long when Aleesandro Nanni hit a dipping 25 yard volley that flew straight at the RR custodian. In stoppage time it was nearly three for RR when Luke Spillane-Davis hit a powerful 25 yard shot that Allan saved well diving low to his right. The final whistle blew minutes later with RR deservedly victorious.
U15 FINAL: BRADFIELD 2 ALDENHAM 0
Bradfield were keen to make amends for the ISFA Cup quarter-final defeat to Aldenham, their only loss in seventeen fixtures. Aldenham were going to be a stiff test, having won seventeen fixtures in a row. Despite the tricky conditions, both sides looked to get the ball down and play out from the back in the early stages. Bradfield thought they had taken an early lead when Tobias Raphael neatly finished from a Joshua Buchan cross; however, Raphael was rightly adjudged offside. Aldenham responded well and their midfield trio of Romey Eccles-Meoded, Christon John-Ahye and Tojumi Ladipo were linking up intelligently and causing a constant threat. The opening goal was always going to be important and Bradfield managed to get their noses in front after 25 minutes. The dangerous Dylan Lowther found space in the box and his shot forced a save from the Aldenham keeper Lewis Lavin. Thomas Bough was first to react and he smashed the ball into the roof on the net to give Bradfield the lead. Aldenham again responded well and were creating some good openings. On the brink of half time they won a free kick on the edge of the Bradfield box. Captain Romey Eccles-Meoded stepped up and his low shot was tipped onto the post by Bradfield keeper Sam Negus.
Bradfield came out strongly in the second half and were starting to cope with the movement of Aldenham’s midfield. The decisive moment came with 15 minutes remaining when Dylan Lowther broke quickly down the right hand side. He squared the ball to Thomas Bough who found Thomas Morley in space 10 yards out. Morley clipped the ball delicately into the top corner to give Bradfield a much needed two goal cushion. Aldenham to their credit continued to push forward and hit the bar from a looping Luca Boast header. Bradfield’s back four defended resiliently and managed to see out the final minutes to secure a clean sheet and a two nil victory. Bradfield captain Harry Ford not only lifted the U15 Elgin Capital Trophy but also deservedly picked up the man of the match award for his excellent performance from centre back.
U14 FINAL: ALDENHAM 3 BRADFIELD 1
On a wet and windy day the Elgin Capital League Final between Aldenham and Bradfield was held at Bromley Town FC. Bradfield were very quick out of the gates with an early opportunity to take the lead but was denied by the Adenham keeper Sam Jacobs. Both teams then went on to have a multiple clear opportunities but no one was able to find the back of the net. The Deadlock was broken in the 28th minute when Arron Benn was fouled in the box and then converted the penalty. Bradfield came back at Aldenham straight away with a quick break down the right hand side which was cut back and perfectly placed in the bottom left hand corner just before half time.
Bradfield again had a quick start after half time creating some great opportunity but were unable to convert. A break from Aldenham saw Jack Grieves take on a long effort which was superbly saved by the Bradfield goalkeeper but Aaron Benn managed to poach on the rebound and knock the ball in from 5 yards. The next 10 minutes saw Bradfield dominate the game with some well worked play but again kept out by the Aldenham goalkeeper. As Bradfield continued to put on the pressure and pushing forward, Aldenham had one last break away down the right hand side, the ball was played across to Aaron Benn who turned inside the box and slotted the ball away. Final Score 3-1 Aldenham with Aaron Benn being named Man of the match.
ELGIN 18 CITY
ELGIN 18 STICKS
ELGIN 15 CITY
ELGIN 15 STICKS
ELGIN 14 CITY
ELGIN 14 STICKS
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 BRADFIELD 3 Royal Russell 0
2017-18 BRADFIELD 1 Royal Russell 0 AET
2018-19 ROYAL RUSSELL 2 Ardingly 1
PREVIOUS FINALS (U15)
2015-16 ALLEYN'S 3 Brentwood 2
2016-17 BRENTWOOD 2 Hampton 1
2017-18 ARDINGLY 6 Brentwood 3
2018-19 BRADFIELD 2 Aldenham 0
PREVIOUS FINALS (U14)
2018-19 ALDENHAM 3 Bradfield 1