A break in the weather provided an opportunity for at least a half of quality football. The home side, Alleyn’s, started quickly creating opportunities but failed to capitalise and The Hall carried a threat on the counter. The deadlock was finally broken when Luc Fougerolles slipped a delivery from wide under the opposition keeper, it was Luc who made it two when he slammed home a nicely set ball 10 minutes later. The Hall started fiercely in the second half and as the wind picked up, the midfield battle intensified. Pressing hard, the visiting team looked to be gaining a foothold but when James Gray finished smartly on the end of a counter the contest was put to bed.
The home side, Whitgift, had a storming start and took an early three nil lead. Aldwickbury hit back from a corner to make the score line 3-1. Whitgift reestablished their dominance and made the half time score 7-1. The second half followed very much the same pattern with Whitgift winning the half 6-1 leaving a final score of 13-2.
St John's, Enfield travelled to Dulwich College in the fourth round. Goals from Jola Abimbola (3) Joshua Elash (3) Harrison Dudiziak and an absolute rocket from 30 yards from Ethan Nwaneri ensured St. John's, Enfield progress to the quarter finals.
An excellent game for the neutral in an end to end affair between two excellent teams. Brentwood took an early lead through Tom Arnold before St Paul's scored two good goals to take the lead before Stanley Skipper scored right in half time. Brentwood began to dominate in the second half with Josh Ajala causing havoc on the left wing. With five minutes remaining Damifola Odelusi scores the winner following an excellent move.
Shrewsbury House welcomed Ardingly on a rather wet day which produced a very fast playing surface. Ardingly settled very quickly into their passing game and dominated possession but Shrewsbury were always a threat on the break with their very able forwards and the game remained finely balanced for the first quarter. Then a fine strike by Oscar Jespersen followed by a fortunate second for Adam Lonsdale saw Ardingly take a 2-0 lead into the break. As anticipated Shrewsbury gambled in the second half by playing three forwards but the Ardingly defence stood firm. The game was now an end to end contest but Adam Lonsdale secured the win for Ardingly as he completed his hat trick with two fine strikes. In the dying moments of the match Shrewsbury scored the goal which their overall play merited but a 4-1 win for the visitors saw them into the last eight for the second year in a row.
In a tight game with both Haileybury and John Lyon attempting to play football, numerous half chances were created yet the final finish was lacking. Haileybury, finally, came out on top with a goal deep into the second half, as the energetic Archie Dyer toe poked from close range into the empty net after a defensive error.
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Oldham Hulme v St Bede's College
Stockport GS v Cheadle Hulme
St Bede’s College went one up with some nice work down the right-hand side from Mancisidor who cut the ball back for Davies to finish expertly. St Bede’s then conceded a penalty which Francis managed to save but Grammar School at Leeds scored the rebound. Bede’s then lost their shape and Leeds punished them to go 2-1 up. In the second half St Bede’s continued to dominate the game but couldn’t find a way through until Davies whipped a free kick into the top corner to take the game into extra time. Enthused buy the late goal St Bede’s went out took control in extra time and hit Leeds quickly with Salisbury scoring off a corner and a neat finish from Neill to put them 4-2 up within the first four minutes. Leeds battled to get themselves back in the game, but St Bede’s were able to secure a 4-2 win.
A competitive first half saw Whitgift lead Bournemouth Collegiate 4-0 but the second half was to be a runaway victory for the visitors with a final score of 14-0.
Arnold House took the lead early on when James Lumeh Kamara blasted in from close range after a Cameron Kerr shot was parried by the Alleyn’s keeper. Alleyn’s were creating chances but Alex Murray Bruce, in goal for Arnold, made several fine stops to deny. Despite chances at both ends the defences held firm for the rest of the first period. After the interval, Alleyn’s moved into the ascendency. They began to pass the ball slickly through midfield and were threatening from corners. With fifteen minutes to go, Alleyn’s got the equaliser with a firm shot after a nice interchange of passes. All the time Arnold looked dangerous on the break and Hani had a shot well saved. With the minutes ticking away the game looked destined to go to extra time. However, with 15 seconds remaining, Alleyn’s struck an inch perfect free kick into the Arnold area. This led to a goal-mouth scramble and after a bit of pin-ball it was an Alleyn’s player who was able to divert the ball into the Arnold net. The goal led to great rejoicing from the visiting team and an equal level of deflation for Arnold. Congratulations should however go to both sides for each playing their part in a great spectacle.
Aldwickbury were quick from the start and scored two slightly fortuitous goals in the first 5 minutes. Firstly, a long-range effort from Kennedy was superbly tipped onto the crossbar by the keeper, only for it bounce out perfectly for Lowe to smash home. The second was a long-range strike from Grimberg, which hit the post and ricochet back off the keeper into his own net. After that Yardley Court pressed more and came into the game with every passing minute. They had a number of opportunities which were either saved or slightly off target, and they always looked dangerous from corners. This continued into the second half and Aldwickbury pinned back and only allowed counter. In the last 5 minutes Aldwickbury scored another two good goals, a great long-range free kick from Grimberg and well finished move by Addo.
Birkdale took the lead with an early goal but an Elliot Mills chip brought Stockport GS level and was soon followed by a Ben Powell goal to put Stockport ahead in a hectic opening to the game. An excellent team goal finished off by Rob Stanton gave Stockport a 3-1 half time advantage. Despite a spirited Birkdale opposition Stockport enjoyed the benefit of the elements in the second half with further goals coming from Dom Hanson (2) Stanton and Powell completing his hat trick.
A great game of football saw Oratory Prep make a fast start and take the lead with a thunderbolt strike from captain George Clark. Haileybury then equalised with an unfortunate own goal. Three quick goals before half time saw Haileybury go into the break 3-2 up. In the second half Haileybury dominated possession creating chance after chance but fine goal-keeping from Adrien Cordillet keep the scores close before a wonderful strike by Haileybury allowed them breathing space. Final score 4-2, where football was the winner between two good sides.
Shrewsbury House scored the only goal in a tense affair with Trinity. Both teams looked to pass the ball although there were very few chances throughout the game. A corner from Owen Law saw William Malet De Carteret sneak in at the near post to take the lead. In the second half Trinity looked to push on but could not find a way through an excellent Shrewsbury defence.
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Bede's v Ardingly
Brentwood v Lochinver House
Dulwich v Hampton
John Lyon v Sevenoaks
Oldham Hulme GS v Formarke Hall
St. John's, Enfield v St. Martin's
St. Paul's Junior v Thomas's Battersea
The Hall v Highgate
Wolverhampton GS v Cheadle Hulme
This second round tie was another tremendous advert for prep school football. Both sides tried to play a passing game and good chances were created at either end. It was Arnold House who got their noses in front when James Lumeh Kamara fired in from close range after ten minutes. Arnold added a second through Cameron Kerr. Danes Hill were always a threat and Alex Murray Bruce, in goal for Arnold, had to make a fine stop to prevent an immediate reply. Somewhat against the run of play, Arnold got their third just before the break. Hani Safieddine will remember this one for a good while; his powerful shot nestling in the top corner of the net. Danes Hill started the second period with great energy and they got their reward with a well worked goal. The home team created several other chances and on another day, they might have added to their tally. Agonisingly for Danes Hill, Arnold extended their lead with a fortunate goal: James Lumeh Kamara winning the foot race after a kick out by Arnold’s keeper Murray Bruce.
A keenly contested second round match saw Alleyn’s progress against Radnor House. A tight first half saw some excellent defending, last ditch tackles and some outstanding saves. Before a couple of late goals put some gloss on the scoreline.
St Bede’s College dominated the first half and played some lovely football which allowed them to create a number of opportunities. They managed to convert four of these with Robinson, Neill, Pither and Armstrong getting themselves on the score to put St Bede’s 4-0 up at half time. Vilar-Robinson had commanded the backline well and restricted Bury GS to few chances. Bury started well in the second half and imposed themselves on the game more and more as the half progressed which began to put pressure on Francis in net who made a number of good saves. St Bede’s extended their lead when Robinson flicked the ball through to put himself one on one with the ‘keeper before delicately chipping the ball over him and into the net. Bury rallied late on and managed to score a superb goal from twenty yards which found the top corner and added one more just before the final whistle. Final score St Bede’s College 5-2 Bury Grammar School.
Aldwickbury scored first, a 20 yard looping shot by Will Kennedy after 10 minutes. They dominated for much of the half, but failed to add to their tally and Westminster always looked like they could get one on the break. The second half was a different story, with Westminster dominating and forcing Aldwickbury back into their own half. They nearly levelled with a curling free-kick, only to be denied by the crossbar. 5 minutes later Aldwickbury scored their own free-kick, a rasping strike from Ben Grimberg from 30 yards, and then they saw out the remaining 10 minutes of the match.
Brentwood started the game strongly and managed to take the initiative with 2 early goals in the first 10 minutes. Latymer battled hard but a strong Brentwood side always looked dangerous in attack. The score stayed the same until mid-way through the second half when more Brentwood goals secured the victory.
Hereward House made the trip down to Sevenoaks on what was a lovely Friday afternoon. It was a very even first 15 minutes where both teams had goal scoring chances. Sevenoaks broke the deadlock with Hugo Coquelin scoring his first of the day. This first goal lifted Sevenoaks who went into half time 3-0 up thanks to another from Coquelin and one from Thomas Davies. In the second half Hereward deservedly scored a goal of their own however it was Sevenoaks School who came out triumphant as 3-1 winners.
Some very early goals from Whitgift saw the match over before it had really begun as the home side raced into a 5-0 lead within 12mins. Whitgift continued to dominate the game and progressed to the next round with an emphatic 16-0 victory over Chigwell.
The Oratory Prep (OPS) and Truro played out a fantastic game on the beautiful pitch. Truro and OPS had plenty of chances with the OPS keeper making two excellent saves in either half and OPS hitting the woodwork twice. Mullin opened the scoring for OPS in the first half with a bundled home effort on 15 minutes. Carlisle-Smith scored a wonderful toe punted effort from 20 yards and Clark fired home a penalty for OPS, to run out 3-1 winners.
Bournemouth Collegiate School (BCS) welcomed Thomas’ Clapham to Bournemouth for the second round tie. It was the home side who started quicker with an early goal scored by Angus Ross after a powerful shot from Azarni Callwood was parried by the keeper. Michael Osita-Omunomu made it two after his shot was deflected over the on-rushing keeper. Thomas’ replied just after the break with a well taken goal but moments later BCS scored again when Reece Morgan tapped in a rebound. The second half was end to end with both teams creating many chances to score. BCS finished the tie with a fine finish and a second goal for Ross after a superb through ball by Cruz Dodson. Thomas’ Clapham played the game in a superb spirit and BCS wish them luck for the rest of the season.
A fantastic game of football saw Foremarke Hall stage a second half comeback to win a five goal thriller. The visitors, The Grange, scored at the start and end of the first half to move into the half time interval with a deserved two goal lead. However, the hosts kept plugging away and a penalty from Lewis Millward and a goal from Rufus Coulborn drew them level before Cameron Wright smashed home a late winner from close range to settle a pulsating encounter.
Lochinver House moved the ball with patience and purpose, scoring half way through the first half, a competent chip from the ever reliable Polledri. King Edwards, Witley continued to look organised and battled well, but Lochinver went into half time 2-0 up. The second half took the same form as the first, however King Edwards did score a goal from a corner to make a tie of it for part of the second half. Lochinver continued to probe and two goals from Bracken and Hely-Hammond secure Lochinver's place in the third round.
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Bede's v Leighton Park
Cheadle Hulme v Bolton
City of London v Dulwich College
Cumnor House, Sussex v The Hall
Grammar School at Leeds v RGS Newcastle
Hampton v St. Edmund's, Ware
Haileybury v Eaton House The Manor
Highgate v Princethorpe
John Lyon v Harrodian
Manchester GS v Oldham Hulme GS
Newcastle School for Boys v Birkdale
Rokeby v Ardingly
Shrewsbury House v ACS Cobham
Stockport GS v Oswestry
St. Martin's v Thorpe House
St. Paul's Junior School v KCS Wimbledon
The Falcons Prep v St. John's Enfield
Thomas's Battersea v Berkhamsted
Trinity v Kimbolton
Wolverhampton GS v King's School, Chester
Yardley Court v Farringtons
Cumnor House, Sussex staged a great second half comeback to beat Box Hill. The first half was largely controlled by Box Hill who created some good chances from open play, which were clinically finished, resulting in them going into half time 3-1 up. In the second half Cumnor house found their feet and started to produce very quick counter attacks which were too quick for the Box Hill defence. Final score 4-3 Cumnor House.
Ardingly took an early lead through a fantastic piece of skill from Adam Lonsdale as he recovered the bouncing ball in the box and expertly lobbed the keeper. From that point on Brighton were fighting to regain a hold in the game but it was Ardingly who scored again going two goals ahead as Lonsdale grabbed his second of the game. Ardingly added a third through Oli Spinks and Brighton scored from a well worked set piece to leave the score at 3-1 going into the half time break. The second half continued in the same vein as Ardingly increased their lead as Lonsdale completed his hat-trick. Brighton rallied and were unlucky not to find a way back into the game but it was Ardingly who sealed the win as Spinks scored his second from the penalty spot.
Both, Arnold House and Forest tried to pass the ball around, despite the windy conditions and chances at each end were created. It was Arnold who broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when Hani hit a cracker into the top corner which the Forest stopper was powerless to repel. After the break, Forest were in the ascendancy and several of their efforts required smart saves from Arnold’s keeper. In the last five minutes Forest were camped in Arnold’s half but, agonisingly for them, the equaliser proved elusive and Arnold hung on to book their place in the next round.
Latymer Upper dealt with the blustery conditions better at the start of their match and scored an early goal against St Paul’s Cathedral School. Latymer continued to apply the pressure and in the end finished 8-0 winners against a spirited St Paul’s side.
A really good first round tie was played between Lochinver House and Holme Grange. The hosts (Holme Grange) took the lead with a well taken lob after some cagey opening exchanges. Lochinver got back in the game through a well taken finish from Kapterian just before the break. The second half was even too, with both sides trying to play. With 10 minutes to go, an excellent move was finished with a Kapterian header to put Lochinver into round two.
A hard-fought match ended in a 4-1 win to Thomas's Clapham. On a very windy afternoon both teams decided that the best form of attack was keeping the ball on the floor. Thomas’s went 3-0 up and St Anthony’s pulled a goal back to make it 3-1. However, Will Verbeek sealed the win and a hat-trick with a curling effort on the edge of the 18-yard box.
Kimbolton and Aldenham played out a tight, hard fought match in very windy conditions. Kimbolton started the game strong and could have been two goals up within 10 minutes. As the half wore on Aldenham grew into the game creating chances themselves. With 10 minutes left of the half to play, Kimbolton broke the deadlock with a fierce strike from Ollie Adams, flying into the top corner from 25 yards out. The second half was a more tetchy affair with Kimbolton having chances to finish the game off. They were to pay for this as Aldenham equalised with minutes left on the clock after a terrific solo run. Extra-Time ended with no further dent to the score line meaning penalties were to decide the game. Kimbolton proved victorious scoring 4 to Aldenham’s 3 penalties with the Kimbolton keeper pulling out a strong save to win the game. Well played to both sides in difficult conditions.
A tight contested match with good possession-based football played by both Cothill House and City of London School. Leo Cortese broke the deadlock at 11 minutes with a well-controlled chest to half volley across the goalkeeper from the right side of the box. The match continued as a tight affair with Cothill House having the better chances in the second half, but City held on for a hard fought win.
Oratory Prep started their ISFA journey in a strong fashion. The Pilgrims were no pushovers, but the long travel seemed to have taken its toll as Clark and Dew, for oratory, put two goals in as many minutes with some strong link up play high up the field. Clark bagged a further two more in the half and created a wonderful goal for Herbert. In the second half Oratory maintained their strong fashion scoring a further five goals. Pilgrims fought until the end and where rewarded with a goal in the last kick of the game.
A nervy and tight first half saw limited amount of chances, it wasn't till the second half when Shrewsbury House found some space with Josh Sinfield on the left finding Benshaw with a calm finish. Five minutes later Ben Bagshaw made it 2-0 again finding space on the left and smashing the ball in to the roof of the net. Lockers Park had their chances hitting the cross bar twice however, it was Shrewsbury with the third and final goal coming from Ben Moffatt with a confident and fantastic technical strike.
An excellent contest between two evenly matches teams saw Leighton Park take an early lead through a powerful strike from James Waterer. However, a well taken goal, followed by an excellent 50 yard solo run and finish put Ibstock Place in front at half time. Leighton Park equalised in the second half and then took the lead with fifteen minutes left only from Ibstock Place to make it 3-3 with a great first-time strike from the edge of the box. With no further goals it went to penalties. Jack Mancey saved the first two of Ibstock Place’s spot kicks and after converting their first 3, Leo Kalinga sealed Leighton Park’s place in the second round 4-3 on penalties.
The first round fixture between Aldo and Thomas's Battersea was definitely a game of two halves. Battersea took the initiative to race into a comfortable 4-1 half time lead, with goals from Arengo-Jones (2) and Skinner (2). The second half was more competitive as Aldro came back into the game. Two late goals from Aldro made it a nervous last few minutes, with Battersea coming out 4-3 winners.
Harrodian ran out comfortable 7-2 winners against University College School (UCS). Despite the score line the game was closely fought with impressive centre-mid play from both schools.
The John Lyon School progressed into the next round after they ran out 5-3 winners in an exciting match against The Beacon School at Sudbury Playing Fields. John Lyon started brightly, but were denied an early goal thanks to some excellent defending from The Beacon School. Not deterred by the away teams defensive efforts, John Lyon produced some excellent passages of play and swiftly moved into a four goal lead by the half time interval. Not giving up, The Beacon School rallied bravely, putting John Lyon under pressure and were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty early in the second half. The well-struck penalty brought The Beacon School back into the match, and after two well-struck 25-yard efforts brought the game back into the balance, it made for an exciting last 10 minutes of football. In pushing hard to find an equaliser, The Beacon School were unfortunately undone by a superb counterattack in the closing minutes, with Johnson slotting the ball past the advancing ‘keeper to secure John Lyon’s place in the next round.
Sevenoaks School started the 2018 U13 Investec Cup in style with a pleasing win away against LVS Ascot. Whilst the scoreline suggests a one sided affair, credit must go to LVS Ascot who pushed Sevenoaks all the way. Hugo Coquelin, who was playing up front for Sevenoaks scored four goals and was the stand out player of the match.
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Beechwood Park v. St. Martin's
Falcons Prep v. Wetherby Senior
Hereward House v. King's House
Kingston GS v. St. Paul's Junior School
Ludgrove v. The Hall
Radnor House Sevenoaks v. Thorpe House
Rokeby v. Copthorne Prep
Royal Russell v. Dulwich College
Trinity v. Thorngrove
Westholme v. Stockport GS
Wetherby Prep v. Bede's Yardley Court v. Buckswood
2018-19 FINAL: WHITGIFT CLAIM TITLE
The Investec ISFA U13 National Cup Final saw first time finalists, Lochinver House, face last year’s runners up, Whitgift. From kick off both teams pressed looking for the early break, and it was Lochinver House who took the lead after 5minutes. Roberts charged down the right beating the Whitgift full back to cross the ball into the box allowing Gibbs to hit the half volley which deflected in off the post. Whitgift reacted well and were soon rewarded when Amadi calmly hit the ball from outside the 18-yard box over the Lochinver keeper to pull the game back level. Whitgift’s confidence grew and after some excellent passing and possession through the thirds the ball fell to Gee who smashed the ball over the Lochinver keeper to put Whitgift in the lead. Whitgift soon extended their lead when Grant’s free kick was whipped into the back post for Castledine to slot home. Lochinver House were unlucky not to reduce the score line before half time after Quesada-Thorn’s free kick into the box was headed wide by Roberts.
In the second half Whitgift came out full of confidence and quickly increased the score line after Amadi made an excellent run and played the ball across goal for McKnight to calmly finish. Whitgift continued to dominate the second half increasing their lead further with goals from Vary (2) and Williams. Lochinver House did not give up and were rewarded for their efforts when Quesada-Thorn scored a fantastic goal putting it across the keeper into the bottom corner. Whitgift, however, extended their lead further when Williams got his second, after his long range effort was misjudged by the Lochinver keeper. Although Lochinver House looked to break forward in the final minutes the game was over and Whitgift are crowned the 2017-18 ISFA Investec U13 Cup Champions.
Whitgift: J.Heaver, B.Mitchell, L.Dang, L.Castledine, B.Grant, M.Amadi, B.Gee, M.Williams, H.McKnight, L.Baverstock, D.Claydon, E.Ford, S.Hill, A.Whitehurst, E.Fitzgerald, F.Vary
Lochinver House: O.Webster, M.Smeaton, J.Bracken, D.Harris, H.Phantis, S.Wilks, A.Poulter, S.Polledri, M.Roberts, T.Gibbs, E.Quesada-Thorn, S.Symeou, J.Hely-Hammond, M.Aitken
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