Midway through a tight first half, Mill Hill took the lead with a neatly taken one on one. Shortly before half-time, Ardingly tapped in from close range to equalise, but there was still time for Mill Hill to retake the lead with a headed finish. Ardingly dominated possession in the second half but a final Mill Hill goal on the counter meant the game finished 3-1.
Manchester GS started on a high, dominating possession with a few opportunities on goal. First goal came, and the next was a great header making the score 2-0 at half time. In the second half MGS continued to pile on the pressure but were pegged back when a mistake in the MGS defence led to RGS Newcastle reducing the deficit. MGS quickly scored again. MGS increased the lead scoreing a great finish in the bottom corner.
Truro progressed to the next round with a hard earned victory over a battling Abingdon side. It was the visitors who took the lead with a wonderful strike from the edge of the box. Truro bounced back to take a narrow half-time lead. Abingdon came out fast in the 2nd half and equalised after a scramble in the box. However, Truro didn't panic and scored 3 more to progress to the next round.
A tight first half saw very few chances created, although Repton had much of the possession, Cheadle Hulme remained organised and resolute in defence. Repton broke the deadlock in the second half before an absolutely stunning goal doubled the lead. A couple of late goals gave the score line a slightly flattering look in a game that Cheadle Hulme were certainly in until the last 15 mins.
After a tight first half of few chances, the game became more stretched in the 2nd half and Habs’ defence and goalkeeper had to be at their best on occasions to keep Bede’s out. Habs took the lead early in extra time after a neat passing move but were pegged back with minutes of the match remaining. In the penalty shootout an excellent save from Habs’ keeper and coolness from the penalty spot, with all pens converted, got Habs over the line.
Under the lights of Berkhamstead Town FC with a great crowd Bradfield and Berkhamstead played out a very high level and entertaining match. Bradfield scored a few early and clinical goals but Berkhmastead put together some threatening moments on the break and were rewarded in the second half with a penalty. A great experience for all involved.
Hampton started the game the brighter of the two teams scoring almost with their first attack. For the rest of the half Latymer defended well in and around their box. Against the run of play Latymer got beyond the Hampton defence and past the keeper but could not convert from the tight angle with the ball hitting the post and then cleared away. Latymer’s hearts were broken when Hampton scored either time of half, killing the game off and winning the tie. The game was played in excellent spirit by both teams.
Chigwell found a way a way to open the scoring, a mistake from Charterhouse back line which allowed a close range finish. Charterhouse created a number of opportunities after this. In the second half an attack from the left and from the tightest of angles Charterhouse equalised with an incredible finish. Both sides then had chances to score a second but the final breakthrough came from a Chigwell attack, a scramble in the box and numerous times to finish, finally saw the ball tucked away from close range. Both sides made changes and scrapped after that but nothing could breach the Chigwell defence.
Millfield ran out 2-0 winners after an entertaining game. After a a scoreless first half where millfield hit the cross bar and missed numerous chances Lancing grew Into the game second half and caused Millfield some problems. Millfield took the lead 15minutes Into the second half and went on the see out the win with a second 8 minutes from time.
A great match played between two evenly matched teams on a carpet of a pitch saw the home side take the lead midway through the 1st half through a counter attack. This led to a quick response by Whitgift who score two goals in 10mins to lead 2-1 at HT. The second half saw an onslaught from Brentwood but to no avail as Whitgift stood strong and then broke away to seal the game with a well worked third goal
A strong Aldenham side set their stall out early and took the lead in the opening 10 minutes when a long distance shot bobbled past the Harrow keeper. After some quick feet in the left touch line Aldenham extended their lead with a strike from close distance. Harrow recovered briefly and grabbed a goal back on 25 minutes when a long distance strike was dropped by the Aldenham goalkeeper and a goalmouth scramble ensued. Aldenham asserted themselves in the tie with two further goals before half-time, one headed goal from a corner and the next another longer distance strike following good work from the two strikers. Aldenham scored again early in the second half to put the tie to bed before finishing a final chance midway through the second to finish 6-1
Both teams played an energetic end to end game in hot and sunny conditions. Early 2nd half pressure from Brentwood gave the home side a 1-0 lead from the penalty spot. Trinity replied with a free kick equaliser to make the game even again. Extra time looked to be the next chapter, until Brentwood scored the winner with 20 secs remaining of normal time.
In a game of two halves, Princethorpe took a one goal lead into the break after a loose ball was seized upon in the six yard box. In the second half, Mill Hill used the pitch to their advantage and took the lead with two scrappy goals in quick succession. Both teams had further chances to score denied by the goalkeepers, with Mill Hill running out 2-1 winners.
Aldenham started the game strongly and took the lead after 2 minutes. Aldenham doubled the advantage before a 25 yard finish was placed into the top corner to make it 3-0 after 10 minutes. The 4th was added with a powerful run through the defence before the 5th was slotted home to end the half. The second half saw a spirited Westminster continue to battle and went close a couple of times producing some great saves. A 6th goal then a quick 7th, finished the game off and although Westminster continued to work hard, Aldenham proved too strong adding 3. A late burst from Westminster gave them a well worked consolation goal to finish the game 10-1.
Alleyn’s started on the front foot and created a number of chances in the opening stages. Colfes defended well and carried a threat on the counter attack. Alleyn’s eventually broke the deadlock with a well placed finished. The second half was an even game, with chances for both teams. 20 minutes to play and the changed the game with a perfectly weighted pass in behind which led to a goal. Colfes hard work was rewarded with a goal which led to a nervy finish but Alleyn’s hung on.
On a windy afternoon two early goals proved the difference for Berkhamstead against Dulwich. Berkhamstead starting the brighter taking advantage of some defensive lapses for Dulwich. The game evened itself out and niether team threatened until the latter stages. As Dulwich pushed on the Berkhamstead keeper made two crucial saves, one from the penalty sport to help his side through to the next round.
The hosts has much of the possession in the early stages, including having an early headed goal disallowed for offside. Kimbolton defended resolutely and created a number of chances on the break. The second half continued in a similar manner with both teams creating a number of half-chances. The visitors broke the deadlock with thirteen minutes to go, and manages to hold-out for the win, despite late pressure late-on from Kings College School, Wimbledon.
Habs hosted Culford and there was little between the two teams in a tight first half. A smart finish gave the home side a 1-0 lead at half time. Habs started the 2nd half well and a brilliant run and finish doubled their lead. Culford were then awarded a penalty but a superb save from the Habs keeper proved to be a pivotal moment and Habs added 4 more goals late in the game
Manchester Grammar School started the game brightly moving the ball well throughout. Stockport hit back when a mistake in the home defence allowed the Stockport striker with a chance which he went wide. MGS had several further chances to take the lead but each chance was missed resulting in the half time score being 0-0. In the second half Stockport took the lead when the Stockport striker disposed the home defender and squared the ball for a tap in for his striker. MGS hit back from the spot to make the tie level. MGS took the lead through another penalty. Stockport piled on the pressure towards the end but could not breach the home defence to leave the final score 2-1 MGS.
A very competitive match which started with a downpour and was then completed in bright sunshine. The opening of the match was very competitive with a 1-1 scoreline half way through the first half but two quick gaols before HT gave the home side the advantage. The second half saw Ibstock have a penalty saved by the Whitgift GK before Whitgift regained control and added two further goals to progress to the next round.
Abingdon welcomed Kingston to Tilsley Park.The game started quickly with both teams trying to maintain possession, Abingdon were growing into the game but both teams were struggling to create any major attacks. Then suddenly with the half about to finish Abingdon were able to create down the left hand side to enable them to score 1-0, However Kingston replied straight away with some good work to break through centrally 1-1. It took Abingdon 10 minutes into the second half to score to make the game 2-1. Abingdon then played the last 25 minutes very well creating many chances and were able to score 3 more goals with the final score 5-1.
In a game played in wet and blustery conditions, Brooke House College started the game stronger and took an early lead. Building on the quick start Brooke House College had most of the possession and became ruthless in front of goal while still maintaining their discipline at the back. Birkdale School continued to work effortlessly but the score-line ran away in the latter stages as Brooke House College progressed into the next round of the cup with a resounding win.
A wet windswept Thursday evening greeted Winchester College in Reading for what proved to be a good encounter of few first half chances. 0-0 at the break, Reading started the second half stronger and opened the scoring from a through ball. A soft penalty award was converted for number 2 and then Reading pounced on a loose ball at a corner for number three. Winchester grabbed an injury time consolation goal.
Marlborough took the lead with an excellent finish from outside the box. Harrow worked hard to find a way back into the game and eventually equalised midway through the first half. Harrow then went ahead with a fine finish. Marlborough tired towards the end of the first half and Harrow could have gone further ahead when a penalty was awarded for handball, but it Was blazed way over the bar. The Second half contest was very even and Marlborough had the opportunity to level but for a fine save in the Harrow goal. It wasn’t until the 70th minute where a goal-mouth scramble eventually ended with a close range goal as Harrow eventually saw out the tie.
Habs’ progressed to the next round courtesy of a clinical first half performance, the visitors 4-0 up at half time, which was harsh on the home team. Bedford Modern fought back continually but found Habs’ back line was very resilient which prevented any chance of a second half comeback.
Rossall made a very strong start to the game, taking an early lead after 2 minutes. Rossall dominated possession throughout the game and were rewarded with a second goal part way through the first half. A flurry of goals late on lead to a 4-0 victory for Rossall against a gritty and determined Oldham Hulme.
An outstanding performance from the whole squad saw Truro progress to the next round. Sherborne played some great football, but Truro was clinical in the final third. Scoring 7 goals sealed a good win against an organised team. Sherborne were excellent hosts and dignified in defeat.
Trinity were able to get a foot hole in the game before half time. The King Edwards goalkeeper had pulled out some outstanding saves but at Half time it was 2-0 Trinity. Trinity added to their goal tally in the second half securing a 9-0 win
Merchant Taylor's started the game well, with some very good football. Oswestry got back into the game with some good pressure for 15 minutes. Some nice work down the left saw a cross hit the top corner of the net. 1-0 at half time. Merchant had some good chances in the second half which they capitalised on. The Oswestry keeper had an excellent game making several saves throughout the match. Final Score 3-0 to Merchant Taylors
On their debut appearance in the competition, Reading Blue Coat proved too strong for hosts Clifton College. The opening exchanges saw Blue Coat create a few chances, and their continued threat led to a 3-0 half-time lead. A fine move was finished off clinically extend the lead before Clifton replied. However Blue Coat extended their lead rounding off the scoring, with the game ending 6-1 to Reading Blue Coat.
Winchester welcomed Bryanston for the first ever football fixture between the two schools in Round 1 of the Boodles Cup. The match was played in great spirit and some clinical finishing from Winchester put the home team up quickly and they led 5-0 at half time. Bryanston deserve great credit for continuing to work hard for each other and limited Winchester to just three more goals after half time
It was a really close game that could have gone either way. Milton Abbey got off to a good start to go 2-0 up in the first half. The first a wonderful free kick. Bristol Grammar really applied the pressure in the second half and got back into the game with a well worked goal. Backs to the wall defending from Milton Abbey allowed them to see out the game to secure a hard fought win.
The game was played in very good spirits with both teams competing hard. Each had some good chances with some impressive goalkeeping from Kings Chester and well timed defending from GSAL. Despite a late penalty scored it was GSAL who held firm with a goal in each half.
In a evenly contested first half, with both sides enjoying good spells of possession it was some clinical finishing that gave The Grange a 3-0 lead into half time. A 4th goal at the start of the game gave a good cushion but a spirited comeback from Bury GS resulted in three quick goals left a nervy finish but two late goals left the final score 6-3.
A competitive and hard fought first round match was played out between Ibstock Place and RGS Guildford. Ibstock threatened throughout the game down the flanks and took the lead directly from a cross, before scoring a 2nd just before half time. RGS continued to search for goals and both teams had chances in the second half to score. A good showcase for Independent Schools' football ended with Ibstock advancing to Round 2.
Three times City of London took the lead in the first half and Wellington College kept battling back to make it 3-3 at half time. City took their chances in the second half though and went through 5-3.
A strong performance in front of goal saw Mill Hill defeat John Lyon and go through to the second round in their first time in the competition. Four goals in each half saw them run out 8-0 winners overall.
BCS started the brighter creating many chances to get into the opposition box but couldn’t get the opener as it was Brighton who countered and scored for 0-1 against the run of play. BCS soon equalised after a well struck free kick was parried by the Brighton keeper and the rebound netted. The game was then end to end with both sides creating chances. Brighton saw a penalty saved by BCS keeper, however couldn’t keep out a later effort in the second half to take the visitors up. BCS then struck the woodwork twice but when chasing an equaliser conceded an unfortunate third. A great cup tie with two very competitive teams.
The first half was full of excitement but not many clear-cut goal scoring opportunities as both teams worked hard and the defences were dominating the game in a first half which finished 0-0. In the second half both teams went for the win and Lingfield were the first to break the deadlock with a nice play ended in a penalty for the visitors. Kingston Grammar pushed for the equaliser and it wasn't long before they were awarded a penalty themselves after good interchange in the Lingfield penalty box. The penalty was scored by Kingston, which led to a tense last 15 minutes with both teams giving their all, but no one could break the deadlock and the match went into extra time. A very tense match was finally decided by a free kick in the 1st period of extra time.
Berkhamsted hosted St John’s Leatherhead in an evening kick off under lights, the visitors dominated possession for the first 20 minute but Berkhamsted grew into the game and managed to score four goals courtesy of some clinical finishing. St John’s came back well in the second half but were unable to find a breakthrough and Berkhamsted added a fifth goal to cap off a fine performance.
The 4-0 Bromsgrove victory over WGS flattered the winners and did not fully reflect the even contest. The key difference was Bromsgrove’s ability to capitalise on errors and take the few chances created, as well as a strong work ethic as a team. Overall, an even game between two well-matched schools, played in a good spirit.
Stockport took the early lead after 2 mins through an own goal. Campbell scored with in 2 mins of the restart through a fantastic solo run down the left flank. SGS and Campbell both played some great football, playing through the thirds with ball to feet. SGS had the more success down the flanks adding another two goals, half time 3-1 up. The second half Campbell pulled it back to 3-3. SGS made changes and managed to keep playing their football, they were rewarded by two more goals. final result after a competitive game of football Stockport 5 Campbell 3
The game started with a bang. Dulwich took the lead after one minute, seizing on a Sevenoaks mistake to calmly fire home. Sevenoaks then hit back a minute later with the striker latching onto a through ball behind the Dulwich back line. The game then settled down and both teams cancelled each other out. Dulwich took the lead just before the half with a great solo run and finish. In the second half Sevenoaks pushed on but Dulwich stook firm and sealed the victory late into the game with a third.
Marlborough travelled to Taunton for their round one fixture and the opening exchanges suggested the game would be a cagey affair. Marlborough went close a number of times within the first ten minutes but poor decision making meant that the score remained level until mid-way through the first half when the deadlock was broken courtesy of some good play down the right. The score remained the same at the half way mark but Marlborough doubled their tally midway through the second half from a sublime long-range effort before a goalkeeping error gifted the visitors a third. Taunton were excellent hosts and gracious in defeat.
King’s College Wimbledon made a very strong start to the game, taking an early lead after 5 minutes. An even first half continued with both teams having chances to score. Tonbridge dominated second half possession but were unable to break down an organised King’s College Wimbledon team despite some excellent work from the Tonbridge attacking unit.
Chigwell School hosted Norwich school in the first Round of the Boodles cup. Chigwell started with possession in the early stages but Norwich grew into the game. Both sides created half chances but goalkeepers were untested. It took a defence splitting run, which was finished off with a delicate chip to make it 1-0 to Chigwell. The game opened up in the second half and Norwich began to build into the game more. Just as it seemed Norwich would break through a set back at the edge of the box saw a controlled low shot fire past the Norwich keeper for 2-0 Chigwell. The second goal rather kill Norwich galvanised them and there endeavour paid off when they were awarded a penalty only to see it over turned. Finally a third for Chigwell ended the game with Norwich scoring a late consolation.
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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