Rossall made a very strong start to the game, controlling the early stages and were rewarded with a penalty after 5 minutes. However they failed to capitalise on this with the Moorland goalkeeper making an excellent save to keep the score at 0-0. Finally, mid-way through the second half, the Moorlands defence was finally broken down which lead to the game becoming more open. A flurry of goals late on lead to a 4-0 victory for Rossall against a gritty and determined Moorland
It was great for both teams to be playing a competitive match; for Truro it was their first of the season which in part contributed to them conceding an early goal from a rebound off the bar. For the remainder of the first half Taunton School dominated possession and scored a penalty to make it 2-0 at half time. After going 3-0 up in the 2nd half Truro came back into the game to make it 3-1 and could have made it 3-2 with 5 minutes to go though it wasn’t to be and so Taunton School held on for a 3-1 win.
2019-20 FINAL - NINE GOAL THRILLER!
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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