In the most thrilling Boodles ISFA Cup Final of all time, last year’s runners up, Millfield School, take on first time finalists Queen Ethelberga’s Collegiate at Stadium MK. This final did not disappoint, extra-time, nine goals and end to end action.
Queen Ethelburga’s took an early lead after a through ball was played into the striker who found the bottom corner of the goal from outside the box. This seemed to spur on Millfield, who were quick to equalise through a corner which was headed home. Queen Ethelburga’s soon re-took the lead after a well worked free kick was headed home of the underside of the bar. However, Millfield ensured they went into half time level after some excellent play down the left wing saw a dangerous ball into the box which resulted in an own goal.
In the second half both teams came out determined to take the lead. For 20 minutes excellent end to end football was witnessed with both teams creating opportunities but failing to capitalise or being denied by the fantastic defending and goalkeeping at both ends. Queen Ethelburga’s found a breakthrough and a fantastic strike across goal found the back of the net. Millfield did not give up and with three minutes left on the clock they were awarded a free kick outside of the box which was perfectly whipped into the top right of the goal to level the score, 3-3. The full-time whistle soon followed to confirm extra-time.
In extra-time Millfield did not wait around to claim the lead 4-3 after 3 minutes. Queen Ethelburga’s worked hard determined to get the equaliser but Millfield defended strongly to go into the second period of extra-time in front. However, after a quick drink and turn around Queen Ethelburga’s drew back level less than a minute after kick-off. It was again end to end football as both team hunted for the winner. Penalties seemed more and more likely as the game went on. Millfield found themselves with a goal scoring opportunity as they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. They took full advantage and a well-placed free kick was headed home at the back post with two minutes left to play. Queen Ethelburga’s battled looking for that last minute equaliser but the full-time whistle was blown and it was Millfield who are crowned Champions of the 2019-2020 Boodles ISFA Cup. A fantastic final, that really could have gone either way.
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2019-20 CUP FINAL PREVIEW
The 28th Boodles ISFA Cup Final takes place at Milton Keynes Dons FC on Monday 9th March and the two finalists could not be more contrasting.
On the one hand Millfield are playing in their 11th Final and have a long history of success in the tournament; four times winners, they have won the trophy more often than any other school. They will be looking to put right their somewhat unfortunate defeat in last year's Final and have won through a tough journey to MK Dons with the likes of Whitgift, Ardingly, Manchester Grammar School and Brooke House amongst their victories; only one of these matches was played at home. The Millfield boys have shown that they have the knack of sneaking through tight encounters and they might need to show the same qualities in the Final.
By contrast Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate are appearing in their first Boodles Final. They are the first school from Yorkshire ever to appear in the Final and the first from the North for 16th years (King's School, Chester, winning in 2006). They have also faced some tough opposition and defeated three Hudl League schools on their journey - Royal Russell, Bradfield and Shrewsbury. Victory would mean a new name on the trophy, the 15th different school to win the prestigious Boodles title.
Unfortunately, Premier League referee Kevin Friend has been withdrawn from the fixture by the PGMOL but he has been replaced by EFL referee, Tom Nield.
The Boodles Semi-Final tie between Shrewsbury and Queen Ethelburga’s was played in perfect conditions on an immaculate playing surface at Shrewsbury. The home support were in great voice and created a super atmosphere. In a tense 1st half, with few clear cut chances, it was Shrewsbury who came closest to scoring in the early stages of the game, with an effort over the bar and forcing a good save from Queen Ethelburga’s keeper. The away team enjoyed some good spells of possession as the 1st half progressed, but without really testing the Shrewsbury keeper. Queen Ethelburga’s increased the intensity after half time and started to build some pressure, which ultimately led to the opening goal. A wide free kick was delivered high into the area and Queen Ethelburga’s reacted first to the loose ball, with a neat strike into the bottom corner. A second goal soon followed after Queen Ethelburga’s striker intercepted a pass and confidently rounded the keeper before scoring from 12 yards. After neat build up play down the left wing and a dangerous cross, Queen Ethelburga’s scored a 3rd with a clinical strike. Shrewsbury pushed hard to get back in the game and scored a consolation goal from a close range header with 5 minutes remaining. The semi-final was a fantastic advert for Independent Schools football and it was Queen Ethelburga’s who progressed to their first ever Boodles Cup Final.
The first half felt like the start of a boxing match with both teams sparing with each other. Neither team wanting to make any sort of mistake which might give the opponent an early advantage. There were very few chances of note in the first 20 minutes and as the half progressed Brooke House began to see more of the ball with the majority of chances coming from counter attack opportunities. Brooke House's main threat came down the left hand. However, the best chances of the half fell to Millfield with a header which hit the post from a corner and a missed opportunity to finish a brilliant cross. It was 0-0 at the break and this was probably a fair reflection on the balance of play in the first period. There were more opportunities of note in the second half with both sides having good opportunities to score. Millfield were wasteful with a couple of glorious opportunities early in the second period, one of which hit the bar from close range. Whilst Brooke House forced some good saves from the Millfield goalkeeper. The game had the feel of extra time and even penalties until Millfield were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, half way through the second half. The ball was whipped in to the box and headed home at the back post to give Millfield a precious lead. With 20 minutes to go Brooke house through the kitchen sink at Millfield who defended with their lives and had to thank the Millfield goalkeeper for making a string of brilliant saves to keep the score at 1-0 and see Millfield through to another final. The match could have gone either way and both sets of players were out on their feet at the final whistle. It was a high quality, competitive game of football which was played in the right spirit. A great advert for independent school football.
Fifteen minutes into the fixture, as the game began to settle, Manchester GS broke swiftly and strongly, knitting together a series of passes down the right hand side of the pitch, unlocking the Millfield defence and striking home to take the lead against the hosts. Millfield didn't panic, and continued to build from deep, playing their passing game and thought they had drawn level when they netted from a set piece, only to see the goal correctly scratched off for offside. As the two sides left the pitch at half time the game was finally balanced. The second half saw Millfield press for the equaliser but, as time ticked on, the large crowd began to question where the equaliser might come from. The answer was a double substitution, with the new entrants to the pitch combining well before a magnificent strike from outside the box curled passed the outstretched arms of the visiting keeper to draw the teams level. Extra time beckoned. Early in the first period of extra time, the hosts, Millfield, scored from a corner and it looked like that might be enough. But no. Almost from the re-start, Manchester attacked down the right and, following a trip in the box, were awarded a penalty. It was not to be the visitors day - diving athletically to his left, the Millfield keeper saved the spot kick to maintain Millfield's lead. Needing an equaliser, Manchester were forced to attack and, with five minutes to go, Millfield caught them on the break to bag a third and secure the victory, running out 3-1 victors after extra time.
It was a cagey first opening quarter with both teams struggling to find the necessary quality to break the deadlock. Following excellent play down the left wing Shrewsbury opened the scoring to go into half time 1-0. Shrewsbury enjoyed more possession in the second half and were rewarded with a second goal. Shrewsbury were cruising until Brentwood converted a free kick from the edge of the box. It was end-to-end for the last 15 minutes with neither team showing the necessary composure. Brentwod converted another free kick to draw the game level and take it to extra time. Shrewsbury dominated the possession in the first period of extra-time, gaining their reward when a well-worked corner, headed home. Brentwood has chances but failed to convert. Shrewsbury grab a second goal in the second period of extra-time. Shrewsbury’s captain capped a superb performance with a curled free kick in the to make it 2-5. Brentwood scored a consolation goal minutes later but Shrewbury held on to secure the win.
In the first half, Aldenham School defended well, despite this Brooke House College created a few chances and after 15 minutes they took an early lead following a quick and long throw-in on the right side that the striker finished in the box. About 8 minutes into the second half Brooke House College scored their second goal after winning the ball in the middle area of the pitch and passing a ball in behind to their striker between the opponents’ centre backs, that he took in front of him with one touch and passed it into the goal. With 14 minutes to go Brooke House College scored their third goal following a lay off to their midfielder that he finished it with a shot from the edge of the box which secured thier victory.
On an excellent playing surface, Queen Ethelburga’s started the game brightly, but it was Bradfield who nearly took the lead with a powerful shot which rebounded off the post. The home supporters created a fantastic atmosphere and it was Bradfield who enjoyed the better of the first half. Both teams created chances in the second half, however it was Queen Ethelburga’s who broke the deadlock from the penalty spot and added a second goal with just 10 minutes remaining. Bradfield pushed hard to get back in the game and hit the crossbar in the final stages, but Queen Ethelburga’s saw the game out well and progress to the semi-finals.
A first half of few clear cut chances saw the teams turn round at 0-0. Ten minutes into the second half the deadlock was broken by a splendidly executed direct free-kick delivered by Queen Ethelburga's right wing from outside the box on the right hand side. This settled the home side down after Royal Russell had begun the half with renewed purpose and energy. With just ten minutes remaining on the clock, the lead was doubled through a virtually identical, direct free-kick delivered from the left hand side this time, which cleared the defensive line and looped in at the far post. To their credit Royal Russell did not give up and, after good penalty box pressure five minutes later, a rebound from the cross-bar was rammed home by one of their team's centre backs. Passions were high, but Queen Ethelburga's successfully ran the ball into the far corner for the final couple of plays and it is they who progress to the quarter-final draw.
Eton took an early lead following a misplaced pass to score against the run of play and doubled their lead after 35 minutes following excellent pressure from the Eton Forward. Brentwood grew in the second half and scored their first goal with ten minutes remaining before getting a deserved equaliser 5 minutes from time. In an end to end extra time period which Eton arguably had the better of Brentwood scored a last minute winner to send them into the last eight of the competition. The game was a credit to both schools played in an excellent spirit between two well matched teams.
Shrewsbury progress though to the last 8 with a well-deserved 5-0 victory against Kimbolton. The home team, Shrewsbury, had the majority of the possession in the first half and took a 2-0 lead into half time with two decent strikes from 20 yards. The second half was more of the same with 3 further goals, one of which came from the penalty spot to secure the win for the home side.
First blood went to Aldenham as a cross come shot was turned into his own net by a Hampton defender. However, Hampton grew into the game and always looked a threat from set pieces, grabbing an equaliser through a free-kick. Hampton came out the stronger side in the second half. Their efforts were rewarded 10 minutes later when they broke down the left flank and scored after their initial shot was spilt by the Aldenham keeper. The goal seemed to spark Aldenham into life. Aldenham converted a penalty to bring the game back level. Aldenham finished the game on the front foot but couldn't quite manage a winner. Extra time was relatively uneventful and the dreaded penalties were inevitable. Aldenham convert all four of their penalties to progress in the competition.
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Forest v. Bradfield
Repton v. Brooke House
A high tempo first half saw Brooke House go into the interval 1-0 up. A penalty early in the second half allowed them to double their league. Alleyn’s pressed hard and brought the game back to 2-1 with a fine strike from a free kick. With 15 minutes to go Brooke House struck an outstanding third. Alleyn’s continued to fight hard and pulled back to 3-2. As they chased the game Brooke House slotted a fourth home to progress to the next round.
A slow and sloppy start by Aldenham led to Highgate taking an early lead when their sharp striker finished coolly from a through ball. However, this kicked Aldenham into life and two quick goals before half time ensured that Aldenham went in 2-1 up at half time. The second half was much more controlled from Aldenham's point of view and chances were plentiful. Highgate also had a couple of chances of their own but two nice finishes from Aldenham meant that the game finished 5-1 to Aldenham.
Marlborough hosted Chigwell on a pleasant afternoon in Wiltshire, which proved a nice break from the recent rain, and both teams started brightly. Chigwell looked comfortable on the ball and played out from the ball but a slip from the centre back early on nearly allowed Marlborough to take the lead although poor finishing kept the scores level. It would be Chigwell who would break the deadlock at twenty minutes as they capitalised on a defensive error. Trailing by one, Marlborough were spurred into life and pulled themselves back level within ten minutes before going 2-1 up thanks to a superbly taken edge of the box strike form the left forward. Marlborough began the second half sluggishly despite the advantageous score line and a mix up in communication in the opening minutes saw Chigwell level the score. The remainder of the second half was a tense affair and Chigwell weathered a brief Marlborough storm when they temporarily went down to 10 men. Extra time seemed certain, however, in the 79th minute, Marlborough were able to grab a winner from a set piece which sent the home support into hysteria.
Kimbolton started well against Harrow, scoring after a matter of minutes. Harrow started to get into the game and played some good football in the run- up to half-time. Harrow had much of the play in the second half but the Kimbolton defence stood firm, thanks to an excellent late save from the Kimbolton goalkeeper, as well as a little help from the crossbar, allowing them to hold out for a hard-fought one-nil win.
The game started brightly as both Royal Russell and Latymer Upper tried to establish possession in the early exchanges. The first goal came at 24 minutes after a cross from the left was volleyed home. Latymer Upper responded well and created some counter attacks themselves before Royal Russell claimed the second goal to go into halftime 2-0 up. The second half was a very different affair as Royal Russell dominated possession and became ruthless in front of goal while still maintaining their discipline at the back. Latymer Upper continued to work effortlessly but the score-line ran away in the latter stages as Royal Russell finished the game 10-0.
Three goals ensured Brentwood put their name in the hat for the next round after a dominant second half performance against Stafford Grammar.
Forest v. Grange was a tight affair in the first half and neither side threatened to break the deadlock. Forest dominated possession but the Grange looked threatening on the counter. Forest came out strong in the second half and finally scored the opening goal on 60 minutes following good work down the right hand side. Two minutes later Forest doubled their lead with a well taken goal and as the Grange tried to get back into the game Forest missed several chances to finish the match. However, with 2 minutes to play The Grange scored a well taken header but Forest held on to secure victory.
Newcastle School for Boys and Ardingly created early pressure and chances. It was just before half time that Newcastle took the lead from the penalty spot. In the second half Ardingly piled on the pressure in the pursuit of an equaliser. They were rewarded about 15 minutes into the half from a close-range shot. With both side chasing a winner, the ball fell to the Aringly midfielder who floated a ball over the top in behind Newcastle’s defence for the for speedy striker to run onto and slot home. Newcastle continued to push for a second with nothing to lose but Ardingly’s defence held firm for the remainder of the match to see them through to the last 16.
Two Hudl League sides played out a close affair that eventually went the way of Repton. Repton started strongly and punished the home team for some defensive lapses, racing into a 2-0 lead. Charterhouse then pulled a goal back before half time to set up a tense second half. The second half was much more even, although Repton created the slightly better half chances. Both sides were pushing for goals right until the end but it was Repton who stood firm and secured their passage into the fourth round.
Eton progressed to the fourth round following a spirited performance against a well drilled and physical Stockport GS side. The howling wind and small pitch and long grass meant the game was a very scrappy one. Thankfully Eton got an early goal from a corner and continued their incredible defensive record to keep Stockport GS at bay, before adding another mid-way through the second half. Stockport GS kept battling until the end but it was a deserved and hard-fought Eton victory.
Bedes took the lead within the first 15 minutes when from a free kick the ball was headed home from close range, Manchester GS equalised through a penalty. MGS then took the lead when the ball arrived at the far post to be tapped home. In the second half MGS increased the lead with a further three goals. Bedes rallied and pulled two goals back before the end but MGS proved too strong.
Queen Ethelburga's progressed to the fourth round after a solid performance against a spirited and hard working Trinity School. Two goals early in the first half put Queen Ethelburga's in the driving seat. This was followed up with more good play down the right, pulling the ball back to add a third and soon after another goal to put Queen Ethelburga's four up at the break. The second half continued in the same vain, with Queen Ethelburga’s adding a fifth before Trinity scored a well deserved consolation goal in the final ten minutes.
Hampton progressed to the fourth round following an assured performance against a hard working Abingdon side. Two goals midway through the first half gave Hampton a deserved lead at the break. In the second half Abingdon gave a more determined performance. Pressing higher to get back in the game. Hampton’s third came from a counter attack and a fourth came with 10 minutes to go. Abingdon did not give up and scored a consolation goal after good pressing forced a rare defensive error from Hampton.
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Shrewsbury v. City of London
St Bede's College v. Bradfield
Whitgift v. Millfield
A game of little chances Chigwell hosted Westminster in the second round Boodles Cup. Both sides fought hard. Westminster created joy from there right and through central areas but couldn’t find a finish. Second half was similar with a penalty shout for Westminster and the best chance of the game falling to Chigwell in the dying seconds of extra time to win it. Onto penalties and as with the tone of the game, a mistake was going to be the difference. Westminster missed their second penalty, with Chigwell scoring all theirs and score at 4-2 the Chigwell goal keeper pulled off a sublime save, and Chigwell progressed to the third round.
Bedes started brightly with some good pressing creating early chances, and it wasn’t long before the pressure told, with a couple of early goals settling the home fans nerves, as the half progressed kings settled and looked a threat on the counter attack, but just before half time the game was put to bed with another Bede’s goal. King Edward's, Witley put in a spirited performance in the second half and had chances to score before some late goals from Bede’s meant the game finished 6-0, a well fought contest played in a great spirit.
Cheadle Hulme started the match strongly and put Harrow under pressure in wide areas. Harrow took the lead 30 mins from a close-range shot. Harrow's extended their lead just a few minutes later with a fine strike into the top corner from 20 yards out. Cheadle Hulme came close in the second half with several long-range efforts, but Harrow closed the game after a third goal.
If Marlborough were to progress to the third round of the ISFA cup then they would have to win their second away game in as many weeks against local rivals Wellington. In what was a cagey first half as both teams exerted times of dominance and it was right for the score line to be tied at 0-0 come half, despite the fact Marlborough had clattered the cross bar from distance shortly before the half time whistle. The second half started as the first had ended with both teams exchanging blows and having periods of dominance, that was until the 60th minute when Marlborough were able to break the deadlock with a well worked goal. Wellington would bombarded the Marlborough defence for the remaining twenty but a resolute and disciplined Marlborough stayed strong to earn their second win and progress to the third round.
An early goal and a 3-0 lead to Hampton at 25 minutes meant that Bury GS had to chase the game leaving them exposed at the back. They competed to the end, but Hampton were solid and assured throughout in their performance and progress to the next round.
Forest dominated possession against a spirited Kingston Grammar School but just couldn’t break the deadlock. Finally, on 39 minutes they scored their first and a second shortly after. However, with four minutes to play KGS were awarded a penalty which was expertly taken and then incredibly in the last few seconds they won another penalty to take the game into extra time. However, Forest kept their composure and sealed the winner with an excellent taken goal in extra time.
Alleyn’s were quickly into their stride against Bolton. Some effective combination play resulted in an early goal. Alleyn’s managed to add two further goals soon after and with the captain heading home a corner just before the interval, Alleyn’s went in 6-0 up. Bolton rallied in the second half and kept things tight defensively. With one of their few chances Alleyn’s added another goal to finish 7-0 winners.
Shrewsbury took control of their game against Grammar School at Leeds, scoring 4 in the first half without reply at half time. Leeds produced a spirited second half performance, but Shrewsbury ran out 5-2 winners.
In what was a competitive game played in the right spirit, Merchant Taylor's made the more positive start, controlling possession and taking the lead mid-way through the first half with a neat finish from a tight angle. Abingdon grew their way into the game and managed to strike back with two goals in quick succession just before half time. An early goal after the restart gave Abingdon a 3-1 lead with the game finishing that way.
Whitgift took the lead inside the first two minutes with a smart finish only for Oswestry to equalise within 10mins. A handball on the line saw the visitors, Oswestry, reduced to 10 men and Whitgift take the lead through their captain who converted the penalty. Oswestry rallied and deservedly drew level. Unfortunately, the away side ran out of energy and Whitgift went on to score two more goals to secure the game.
City of London started the strongest away at Haberdashers Aske’s. Two early goals went their way and the game looked like it was going to be a one-sided affair. Habs though rallied and scored a well worked set piece to make it 2-1 at half time. They continued to mount pressure early in the second half but City’s third saw the momentum swing back into their favour. 2 further goals made it 5-1 which slightly flattered the away side.
Both teams started brightly in a tight first half with few chances until The Grange took the lead just before half time. Bristol GS quickly equalised before The Grange took the lead once again with two good finishes. Bristol kept pushing to get themselves back in the game and were rewarded with two goals to leave the game all square with 20 minutes to go. The Grange found another gear to give a two-goal cushion again. A last-minute goal from Bristol meant a nervy finish in a great game of football. Final score Grange 5 Bristol GS 4.
Royal Russell were 4-0 victory over Berkhamsted on a rainy afternoon in Hertfordshire. The visitors moved the ball confidently on a greasy surface and troubled Berkhamsted on a number of occasions with incisive passing in the final third. Berkhamsted played well at times but struggled to get a foothold in the game. Royal Russell took their chances well and move on to the next round.
After an even first half, Stockport GS took the lead through a penalty, but this seemed to be the signal for Tonbridge to take control of the game. As Tonbridge pressed throughout the second half it seemed their chance had gone when Stockport skipper saved a penalty, but Tonbridge kept coming and equalised with just a couple of minutes to go to take the game to extra time. Tonbridge kept up the momentum and took the lead in the first half of extra time, but Stockport equalised in the second half of extra time. No more goals saw the tie go to penalties. The shootout was tough on players who had been going down with cramp during the game, but the Stockport keeper completed a remarkable afternoon by saving all three Tonbridge penalties.
Charterhouse displayed a great performance by maintaining possession throughout the game. Both teams had numerous amounts of chances, but Charterhouse were able to make sure those chances counted when they needed to most. On some occasions the keeper for Taunton managed to make some unbelievable saves stopping Charterhouse from scoring another three goals.
Repton produced a clinical second half performance to secure their place in the draw for the next round. Sherborne started brightly and the game was relatively even when Repton took the lead. Repton gradually began to dominate possession, but only had one effort to add to the scoreline before the half-time whistle. The second half began in a similar pattern with slick Repton passing pulling the Sherborne defence out of position with increasing regularity. However, Sherborne remained disciplined and highly committed and it wasn’t until the third Repton goal that the tie started to swing decisively. A further six goals gave the scoreline a gloss that was incredibly harsh on Sherborne who were competitive and well in the game until the final twenty minutes of the contest.
Queen Ethelburga’s started the brightest of the two sides and took a deserved early lead. They continued to press the action and should have extended their lead further only to be thwarted by some strong goalkeeping and wayward finishing. The second half was a completely different story. Winchester clawed their way back into the game with some high energy pressing which was rewarded with a goal. Both sides created further chances, but it was Queen Ethelburga’s who got over the line and progress to the next round.
Eton bounced back emphatically from Saturday's disappointment with a convincing 7-0 victory over Oldham Hulme to progress to the next round of the ISFA Cup. Eton started ferociously employing an energetic high-press which Oldham struggled to deal with. Despite the score line Oldham never stopped running and trying to make things happen exemplified by their keeper in the last 5 minutes spending most of the time camped in the Eton penalty area, trying to unlock Eton's parsimonious defence. It was an inspired team performance from Eton, but most importantly it put them in the hat for the next round of the Boodles ISFA Cup.
A tight but immaculate pitch made for a frantic first half with neither side able to assert any control over the game. However, Aldenham always looked the more likely and should have gone into half time with a lead after missing an open goal on the half an hour mark. With it goalless at half time Aldenham shifted formation but immediately after the break King's College School Wimbledon hit on the break and finished nicely to make it 1-0 against the run of play. This seemed to spring Aldenham into life and 2 minutes after going behind they pulled a goal back. 1-1 soon became 2-1 in Aldenham’s favour as the right wing back timed a late run at the back post to hammer home with aplomb. Finally, with 15 minutes to go, Aldenham extended thier lead through a penalty to end the game.
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Ardingly v. St John's, Leatherhead
Brentwood v. Dulwich College
Brighton College v. Millfield
Brooke House v. University College School
Harrodian v. Highgate
Lancing v. Kimbolton
Merchant Taylors', Northwood v. Latymer Upper
Newcastle School for Boys v. King's School Chester
RGS Newcastle v. Manchester GS
Rossall v. Bradfield
Sevenoaks v. Trinity
Shrewsbury v. City of London
Stafford GS v. John Lyon
Whitgift v. Millfield
In a thrilling game ACS Cobham flew out of the traps and scored early with a wonderful 25 yd strike. Continuing to press, a second goal followed after a goalmouth scramble. Buckswood gradually got into the game and should have scored on a number of occasions only to be foiled by wasteful shooting and good goalkeeping from the ACS keeper. After the break Buckswood continued to dictate the game and eventually scored after a corner was not properly cleared. ACS were always dangerous on the break and hit the post with a header from the captain. Buckswood also hit a post and broke ACS's hearts with a last minute equaliser. There were no more goals in extra time with both teams looking shattered from the effort they put in. 2-2 the final score. Buckswood then edged the resulting penalty shootout 5-4.
Marlborough College travelled to Colfes for their first taste of ISFA football and despite starting well, were unable to take advantage of their possession. Colfes would be the first to break the deadlock and followed with a second shortly after having capitalised on defence errors by Marlborough. After the break, Colfes weathered a brief Marlborough storm before going three up thanks to a well taken penalty from the striker how had been presence for all of the first half. However, at three nil down, Marlborough began to play with a relaxed approach that had characterised their opening ten minutes. Two goals is reasonably quick succession had Colfes nervous and in the 75minute Marlborough would draw level thanks to a penalty nestled away by their captain. The next five minutes was a cagey affair but with the momentum swung enormously in their favour, Marlborough broke from deep and were able to score a superb counter attack goal which sent the travelling support into raptures.
On a glorious afternoon at Wellington, both sides matched each other in the early stages. Bournemouth Collegiate School had the better chances during the first half and showing their quality in possession, with Wellington struggling to settle and find their rhythm. Wellington dominated the majority of the second half taking the lead through a free kick, and doubled the lead shortly after through a thunderous long range effort. The third came on the hour mark, following an excellent counter attack and calm finish at the back post.
Both Sevenoaks and RGS Guildford started the game positively playing some attractive, expansive football, however, it was Sevenoaks who broke the deadlock from the penalty spot. In the second half Sevenoaks doubled their lead with an excellent looping header from their captain following a brilliantly taken free kick to secure their win.
After their long journey over from Liverpool, Merchant Taylors Crosby took a while to establish themselves, just before their opening goal on twenty minutes they had had a follow-up effort to a long range direct free-kick correctly ruled out for off-side. Going into half-time two goals ahead was just reward for their control of the match with a number of players in the midfield area catching the eye. Therefore, the lightning start Bootham made to the second half, immediately clawing a goal back was a surprise. However, Merchants were not ruffled and scored two more good goals, the latter being a penalty before, in stoppage time, Bootham snatched another goal back when tired legs were the order of the day.
Stafford Grammar and Wolverhampton Grammar went into the break level at 2-2. The game continued to be even in the second half with both teams clinching another goal. However, it was Stafford Grammar who found the winner lobbing the keeper with five minutes to go.
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Birkdale v. Bury GS
Box Hill v. Bristol GS
Canford v. Taunton
Lingfield College v. Abingdon
Rossall v. Moorland