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After a long journey to Cornwall, Bradfield began the defence of their ISFA cup with an impressive win over Truro school. In a closely fought first half, Bradfield eventually took the lead through captain Joel Valentin. Left back Sam Haynes doubled the lead before Billy Bolt added another on the stroke of half time. Despite some tireless defending, Truro’s resolve was broken in a devastating 10 minute Bradfield spell after half time where Bolt again was joined on the scoresheet by Tom-Eric Mullikas and Will Bray. A more even period followed until Bray, and Bolt - sealing his hat trick, rounded off the Bradfield victory.

The hosts, Kimbolton, started brightly in the difficult conditions, creating an early chance from a well-worked free-kick. Aldenham began to get in to the game as the half went on, although Kimbolton continued to create clear chances that they failed to convert. George Jessup, in the Kimbolton goal, made a sharp penalty save before Lewis Meakin took his chance, finishing neatly after the Aldenham keeper had made a good initial save. The second half saw Aldenham dominate more territory, with Kimbolton fearing they may rue the spurned opportunities of the first half. Mid-way through the half, Harry Darnell broke from midfield and skilfully rounded the keeper to make it two-nil. Aldenham continued to press and eventually bundled the ball home, deep into added time, resulting in a two-one win for Kimbolton.

Chigwell school hosted University College School (UCS). Both sides started the game well. Chigwell slowly started to control the game through Farrant. UCS defended well and looked extremely dangerous on the break. In the 39th minute Chigwell conceded a corner; a brilliant delivery caused a mistake from the goalkeeper and UCS led at the break. In the second half Chigwell pressed on but failed to break the stubborn rear guard of UCS. 


A terrific tussle was eventually decided by an Aaron Linney goal for Stockport GS with just 2 minutes remaining. Stockport had raced into a three goal lead in the opening ten minutes with a long range Dillon Roberts strike and a brace from defender Will Merrifield from corner kicks. After the fast start the game evened out but Stockport looked home and hosed when Roberts scored again early in the second half. However, Bury GS then won a penalty and totally dominated as their front three caused all kinds of problems and incredibly pulled it back to 4-4. Both teams pressed for the winner but it fell to Stockport to end a tumultuous cup tie.

Windy conditions made it hard for both teams to play any football. Oswestry scored first through Ugo Ekwueme's lob and made it two just before half-time when the ball went out wide and was played across the 6-yard box for Chun wong to score. Playing against the wind in the second half Oswestry dealt with the conditions well and Tai Jones managed to score two goals on the break with Moorland trying to push for a way back into the game. Final score Oswestry 4-1 Moorland.  

In the first half, it was RGS Guildford that controlled possession but it was Kingston GS that were the most dangerous on the break, taking the lead with a superb strike from distance.  RGS then equalised with another excellent strike before KGS took the lead at half-time after a free kick was well saved.  In the 2nd half, RGS created several chances but KGS were again clinical, taking the lead from the penalty.  RGS missed two penalties in the 2nd half before pulling one back...only for KGS to counter straight up the other end and score from distance.  It was a really enjoy first round tie, played in good spirits on the pitch.

LVS Ascot had some early chances but were unable to convert them. King’s School Worcester then took control of the game and eventually after several near misses scored a scrappy goal. Just before the end of the first half King’s goalkeeper made a good save to end the first half with a 1-0 advantage to the home side, King’s. In the second half an early goal gave King’s some breathing space and then run out 5-0 winners. All 5 goals were scored by A. Lowe.

Boxhill started bright pinning in the home team, Bournemouth Collegiate School (BCS) and pressing high, but BCS were the first to score after a shot from Paul Gmell was tapped in by Anthony Wong. The second goal came from a superbly struck freekick that was well saved but Sam Strongman tucked in the rebound. Gmell added a third from the penalty spot after being brought down himself. Boxhill started well after the restart but BCS scored early after a pinpoint freekick was volleyed home by Yigal Bruk. The final goal came from Ben Samuel after having his header saved, the defender volleyed the rebound into the top corner. Boxhill pressed well for the entire game but could not capitalise.

Whitgift and Haberdashers’ Askes’ looked to be evenly matched during the opening stages. However, after 20 minutes Whitgift snatched the lead from some courageous play from Biereth. The visitors, Whitgift, then got on top and added further goals through Theophilou and an OG. The second half ended even with Habadashers’ Askes’ pulling one back before Moore scored late on to send Whitgift through.

Newcastle's School for Boys goalkeeper was twice called upon to repel clear cut chances which Bootham's steady pressure generated during a goalless first half. After the break, Bootham's continuing pressure was soon rewarded with two quick goals. A lucky break for Newcastle renewed confidence and determination in their ranks; an equalising goal clearly rocked the hosts and it was slightly against the run of play that a third Bootham goal settled nerves. A superb volley stretched Bootham's lead further, only for Newcastle to get another one back via a fine header. Bootham held firm for a well deserved win and a second half goal fest.

Bristol GS v. Sherborne
Brooke House v. Twycross House
Cheadle Hulme v. Merchant Taylors, Crosby
College of the Holy Child v. Lingfield College
KCS Wimbledon v. Brighton College
Trinity v. ACS Cobham 



Bradfield College claimed the Boodles ISFA Cup for the first time in their history, after a deserved win over Repton in a match refereed by Premier League official, Martin Atkinson.

Bradfield started the game brightly and were quickly rewarded when Ethan Yeung completed a smart turn on the edge of the box and slotted home what can only be described as a wonder goal.  Repton responded and came close to equalising when Killington charged down to block McCallion’s attempted clearance, but the Bradfield goalkeeper reacted well to claim the loose ball. As the first half progressed Bradfield looked to dominate the game, passing the ball through the thirds, maintaining possession, resulting in them advancing their lead when Mulikas converted from close range. Repton created opportunities to pull the game back before half time but failed to capitalise.

Repton came out fighting in the second half, pulling a goal back within minutes. A deep cross caused problems in the Bradfield defence and as the ball was headed back across goal, Raine headed home. Repton continued to maintain their tempo and push for an equaliser but were denied after Beuchler, Bradfield’s second goalkeeper, pulled off two great saves. Bradfield soon settled and restored their two-goal lead when Hodgkinson finished smartly after some excellent work in the box. Repton fought to the end but Bradfield calmly maintained possession to see out the remaining minutes and seal the victory.

Bradfield: Q.McCallion, M.Arber, J.Valentin, E.Cook, S.Haynes, J.Davis, J.Cheung, T.Mulikas, E.Sideso, E.Yeung, J.Hodgkinson, W.Bray, J.Whishaw, B.Bolt, F.Lapidus, N.Beuchler

Repton: M.Stanojevic, M.Bowman, C.Cottis, O. Hickman, O.Williams, M.Ferrinho, L.Tandy, E.Killington, J.Raine, A.Aliev, T.Buffin, J.Pollard, J.Parton, A.Edwards, E.Sawyers, M.Barnes-Batty


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