Published in ISFA U13 Cup



Unfortunately the 2020 ISFA U13 Cup Final was cancelled due to the coronovirus outbreak.  The possibility of rearranging this match will be considered once the crisis subsides.


On a beautiful sunny day Manchester Grammar were quickly into their stride with some dynamic attacking play early on. Alleyn’s responded and had a couple of half chances before Manchester Grammar broke through midway through the first half.  They quickly doubled their lead and seemingly killed the game with a third minutes before the interval.  However, Alleyn’s pulled one back just before the half to keep hopes alive. The second half was a tight affair until some fine interplay and a cool finish put Manchester Grammar further ahead. Alleyn’s fought hard and scored a consolation second goal just before the final whistle.  An entertaining game between two good sides but ultimately the quality of Manchester’s play in possession made them deserving winners.

A great advert for school football saw Aldenham reach their third ISFA final in three years and first at U-13 level with a hard fought win over a very good Hampton side. It was a very close encounter throughout and Hampton had the better opportunities in the first half and were unlucky not to take the lead into the break. The second half saw Aldenham get on the front and start to make chances and scored 3 goals in a 10 minute spell to effectively kill the game off. Hampton never gave up and were again unlucky or to get on the score-sheet by the end.


Brighton College started the game well and quickly scored through their impressive centre forward. Aldenham slowly played their way back into the game and missed a couple of good chances before scoring 2 goals inside 2 minutes to turn the game around. However, Brighton were quickly back on the front foot and equalised through a second goal from the forward. The score remained all square heading into the second half when Aldenham took control and pinned Brighton back in their own half eventually scoring 5 more goals despite the outstanding efforts of the Brighton goalkeeper.

In a gail force wind Haileybury and Alleyn’s played out a swoshbuckling quarter-final. In the first half Haileybury had complete domination and Alleyn’s were lucky to only come in 1-0 down at half time. After the break Alleyn’s came out strong, however, could not seem to find the equaliser. Haileybury defended superbly but with 10 minutes remaining, Alleyn’s finally made the breakthrough with a fine strike. With minutes left Alleyn’s won a corner, and dramatically bundled a second ball in. A harsh ending for what was a tremendous performance from Haileybury. Both sets of players were clearly exhausted as the full time whistle went.

Manchester GS started the brighter off the two teams in this quarter final and took the lead scoring directly from a corner. MGS soon increased their lead 2-0. Merchant Taylor’s Crosby fought back and were rewarded when the striker stroked the ball home after a mistake in the home defence. MGS regained their two-goal advantage with a strike from the edge of the box. Merchants replied with the last kick off the first half when they stroked the ball home from a corner to make it 3-2. In the second half MGS increased the lead after a penalty was given following a foul in the area. Merchants battled well with the centre forward causing problems for the home defence but it wasn’t to be as MGS got their 5th goal to seal the victory.

MGS (blue) v. Merchant Taylors (yellow)

The ISFA Quarter Final between Hampton and Dulwich was always going to be a tight contest, and so it proved to be. The match started with both teams keeping each other at arms length, probing cautiously for openings and an early goal. Each side enjoyed dominant periods of possession and were moving the ball around equally well at different points during the first half, and it was Hampton who scored first with a low shot from inside the box. 1-0 at half time. The second half began well for Hampton, who added to their tally with a goal from a counter attack. Dulwich then pressed hard for the rest of the game for a goal, pegging Hampton back for periods, and nearly pulled one back with a fine effort from outside the box which was pushed on to the bar following a fine save from the goal keeper. However, Hampton held on in a very closely fought dual for a place in the Semi-Final.


Aldenham started the game on the front foot and were soon 1-0 up after a flowing move. Danes Hill quickly equalised through from a sharp finish into the bottom corner. However, straight from kick off Aldenham struck again to take a 2-1 lead into the break. Aldenham quickly made it 3-1 but a Danes Hill penalty got them back into the game for a second time. With the game in the balance and Danes Hill pushing forward Aldenham scored two more to seal the win and progress.

Brighton College were made to work hard in the opening half against Aldro. Brighton College were pegged back twice within the first half after some sloppy play. It was a completely different Brighton College side in the second half who found the net on several occasions. The score finished 6-2 to Brighton College Brighton College.

Alleyns went ahead early in this high energy match. Both teams enjoyed decent spells of possession throughout the first half but Alleyn’s, carrying a constant threat on the counter attack, extended their lead from the penalty spot just before half time. The second half was very even and Forest reduced the lead with a well worked goal with a few minutes remaining. However, Alleyn’s stood firm, defended well and secured their passage into the next round.

Hampton started very strongly and scored an early goal. However St Paul’s grew into the game and began to have more joy in the attacking third. Hampton always looked a threat going forward and scored again to lead by two. St Paul’s then had a good chance which the Hampton goal keeper managed to get the slightest of touches to push the ball on to the post and St Paul’s were unlucky not to have pulled one back before the break. In the second half the teams were evenly matched. St Paul’s needing a goal pushed forwards. Hampton scored again however following a free kick. St Paul’s did not give up and pulled one back only for Hampton to score soon after with the best move of the match. Hampton go through.

Haileybury played some superb football and created a number of good opportunities in the first half. They weren’t able to find the net though as mixture of dogged defending and good goalkeeping kept them at bay. Papplewick did have some chances of their own on the break, but nothing clear cut. Haileybury grabbed the opening goal from a free kick just before half time. Papplewick rallies briefly but despite incredible work rate and desire Haileybury’s quality came though and they eventually out 4-0 winners in the end after a couple of late goals.

On a wet and cold Saturday morning at Bolton School, the goalkeeper for Manchester Grammar School made a fantastic save straight from the kick off. The game ebbed and flowed but it was Manchester Grammar who got themselves in front, nodding home from a corner kick. A second goal came shortly after to take a deserved 2-0 lead into half time. Bolton worked hard to get back in the game after the interval and the midfield battle was heating up with both sets of players working tirelessly. However, after managing to contain Bolton attacks, Manchester Grammar countered in the late stages to seal a 3-0 victory.

Dulwich College v. Elstree


In very wet and windy conditions, Bolton and The Grammar School at Leeds were tied at half time having tried hard to battle against the elements. In the second half, Bolton’s dominance paid off and they were rewarded with three goals. GSAL produced a blockbuster of a strike from 25 yards to grab a consolation. A well contested competitive game of football.

An impressive Aldenham side beat City of London School 3-1. Aldenham started the game quick with a goal after 2 minutes. City of London grew into the game creating a couple of half chances but were countered with two well constructed goals. City of London pulled one back just before half time and continued to work tirelessly in the second half to disrupt the free flowing football of Aldenham. However, both teams struggled to find the back of the net and it was Aldenham that progressed.

St Johns Enfield looked dangerous from the word go and opened the scoring with a screamer from 35 yards out. Alleyn’s settled and pulled one back. In the second half Alleyn’s converted a penalty to take the lead. From then on it was all Alleyn’s game, playing with confidence in defence and attack to run out 5-1 winners.

With a partisan home crowd in attendance, the game started in slightly scrappy fashion with neither team being able to settle into a rhythm. Elstree eventually made their pressure count by slotting in a penalty just before the break. As Vinehall tried to find their way back into the game, gaps appeared further up the pitch and Elstree were able to capitalise and take the game away from Vinehall.

Aldro and Kings College Junior School (KCS) played out an evenly matched and highly entertaining game. The first half was tight with minimal chances and excellent defensive displays from both sides, but in the second half both teams managed to find a way through, making it 1-1 at full-time. In extra-time the excitement continued when Aldro took the lead and we’re looking to hold on but KCS piled on the pressure and scored a well deserved equaliser with minutes to play. This took the match to penalties, in which Aldro won 5-3 following many excellent penalties from both sides. The Aldro goalkeeper proved to be the difference with two diving saves.

This third round cup tie turned out to be an enthralling event with two evenly matched sides. Hampton enjoyed large amounts of possession in the first half, creating numerous chances and were rewarding with a goal before half time.  In the second half The Harrodian boys had most of the possession and had Hampton camped in their own third of the pitch. The thoroughly deserved their equalising goal which came with just over 10 minutes still to play. Growing in confidence The Harrodian boys continued to pressure the Hampton goal and looked like they would be the likely winners. However it was heart break for them when Hampton got thier second goal. An enjoyable game for the spectators and played in excellent spirit by both teams.

Cheadle Hulme v. Manchester GS
Dulwich College v. Royal Russell
Finborough v. Danes Hills, Oxshott
Highgate v. Brighton College
Merchant Taylors', Crosby v. St. Bede's College 
Millfield Prep v. Papplewick 
Stockport GS v. RGS Newcastle 
Thomas's Battersea v. St. Paul's Juniors 
Yardley Court v. Haileybury


St Bede's made a great start and took the lead from a thirty-yard strike. Prestfelde came up with an answer instantly as a lovely move led to their start striker slotting home. The game was end to end before Prestfelde took the lead with a solo run which resulted in a goal off the inside of the post. St Bede's would show incredible resilience and piled the pressure on as the closing stages approached. A good team move saw St Bede’s equalise with four minutes remaining before they grabbed the winner after the ball fell perfectly into the penalty area to be powered home.

Stockport GS started the brightest of the two sides and took a deserved early lead against Foremarke Hall They continued to press the action and should have extended their lead further only to be thwarted by some fantastic goalkeeping from the Foremarke keeper. SGS took the lead twice only to be pulled level with some clinical counter attacking football. At half time the game was evenly matched at 2-2. The second half was a completely different story. SGS took control of the game with some high energy pressing which was rewarded with 5 further goals. Both sides created further chances, but it was SGS who got over the line and progress to the next round with a 7-3 victory.

Royal Russell started the game well with some good combination play in the final third leading to the first goal. Minutes later Westminster responded with some intricate dribbling which resulted in a penalty that was converted. Royal Russell started passing through the thirds and created good width in the attacks leading to four further goals prior to half-time. The second half was wave after wave of attack from the home side, Royal Russell, which proved too much on the day for Westminster.

Priory looked dominant; however, Manchester GS weathered the storm and took a two-goal lead. Undeterred, Priory battled and gaining a goal back from the penalty spot. Entering the second half Priory continued the ascendency. Excellent goal line clearances from MGS showed great grit and team spirit. Two quick goals for Priory gave them a 3-2 lead. MGS themselves swung the pendulum back in the final ten minutes with an outstanding strike and a brace resulting in MGS running out 5-3 winners.

A game of two halves where City of London School struggled to find the target through positive defending from Lingfield College. The first half finished just the 1-0 to City of London even though there were chances from both teams. The second half proved to be more decisive for City of London as they quickly broke away to score multiple goals in quick succession. Lingfield responded with a well taken goal but City of London finished the game with a flurry of goals completing the scoring at 7-1.

A good match up and an excellent game. Bedes started the stronger side and were unlucky not to take the lead from a wonderful long-range strike. However, they were eventually rewarded with a goal. Papplewick started to grow into the game and the pace upfront started to cause problems and that led to the equaliser with a neat finish. It was 1-1 at half time and the game ebbed and flowed from end to end, but it was Papplewick who scored two further goals from some excellent through balls and ruthless finishing. Despite late pressure from Bedes, Papplewick held out to seal their place in the next round.

The game got off to a pulsating start with both teams looking threatening from the first whistle. Elstree took their first chance of the game rifling in from the edge of the box. Parity was soon restored thanks to a deflected cross from the left finding its way into the back of the Elstree net. Elstree then began to take control with two further goals to lead 3-1 at the break. Trinity dominated possession for much of the second half but a stoic Elstree defence saw them over the line.

Danes Hill started quickly scoring 2 goals in the first 5 minutes. This seemed to kick Summer fields into gear, with them dominating possession of the ball, scoring two goals from corners, before half time. Summer Fields continued their dominance at the beginning of the second half but could not find another goal. Danes Hill scored another 2 goals via effective passing moves, before Summer Fields scored a late consolation via a  free-kick, with the last kick of the game.

An explosive start from Brentwood saw them hit the bar and nearly score on two more occasions. Aldenham just about held out and then took control of the game and scored a header. Aldenham then doubled their lead just before the break. Brentwood again came out quickly at the start of the second half when they scored a penalty. The game could have gone either way at that stage but a quick flurry of 4 goals took the game away from Brentwood before Aldenham added gloss to the Scoreline with two more late goals.

Haileybury were dominant in possession. A well-coached Shrewsbury House team pressed hard and kept their shape well but rarely threatened the Haileybury goal. Haileybury opened the scoring from great interplay around the box before a great free kick in the second half doubled the lead. A number of chances were wasted before a wonderful header from a corner for Shrewsbury House made the end of the game tense for both sets of supporters but Haileybury held on to secure the win.

In a thoroughly entertaining cup tie Hampton just managed to edge past Berkhamsted with two second half goals, before Berkhamsted scored with a few minutes to spare to keep the game alive. The first half was one of many near chances. Hampton starting quickly but unable to hit the target with their efforts. Berkhamsted grew into the game and went into half-time looking the most likely to score. In the second half both teams kept chances down to a minimum. Hampton breaking the deadlock from a corner. Hampton increased their lead with a converted penalty. Berkhamsted did not give up and were rewarded for their pressure on the Hampton goal, scoring following a corner. They kept the pressure on right to the end until eventually time ran out. Both sets of players left the field knowing they had been in game and all should be proud of their performances

Alleyn’s started the brighter against University College School and were able to press high up the pitch to win dangerous possession. UCS defended excellently in the opening 15 minutes to keep the game level. However, Alleyn’s managed to break the deadlock with a well worked goal. Alleyn’s continued to push forward, and on the stroke of half term doubled their advantage. After the break it was a completely different game. UCS came out the traps flying, dominating the midfield and looking threatening with balls over the top. After a mistake at the back from Alleyn’s, the UCS forward kept his composure to bring them back into the game. UCS continued to press forward. Playing at a great tempo. The Alleyn’s keeper was the hero pulling off a number of saves and even tipping a penalty onto the cross bar. Alleyn’s managed to hang on for a hard fought 2-1 victory.

In heavy rain RGS Newcastle emerged victorious against a dangerous Moorland side. After falling behind in the first 5 minutes RGS battled back to make it 2-2 by half time, before switching off and conceding in the first 30 seconds of the 2nd half. After that RGS didn't let their heads drop, and battled back with some excellent finishing to move ahead 4-3. A late strike allowed RGS to finish off an excellent victory. Well done to all players from both schools.

Aldro began the match the brighter of the two teams, taking an early lead through a header from a corner. This was soon cancelled out by St. Martins, though, when their striker latched on to a loose back-pass and calmly finished. With the game heading towards half-time level Aldro regained their lead, with the centre forward taking his chance when put through on goal. The second half scoreline was a credit to Aldro's creativity and determination, giving St. Martins limited opportunities in the final third and taking their own chances when they came. Four second half goals gave Aldro a 6-1 win but St. Martins never gave up and showed great sportsmanship in defeat. An exciting game with Aldro progressing to the third round.

An entertaining match from two teams that played the game in a fantastic manner. Vinehall raced into a 3-0 lead by half time, only for Rokeby to come back brilliantly to level the game and send it into extra time. In a match where both sides could have gone on to win, Vinehall produced two very good strikes in each period of extra time to run out 5-3 winners.

Bolton v. King's Chester
Brighton College v. Whitgift 
Dulwich College v. KCS Wimbledon
Farringtons v. Harrodian 
Grange v. Cheadle Hulme
Highgate v. Ardingly
John Lyon v. King's College Junior School 
King's House v. Yardley Court 
Merchant Taylors Crosby v. Oldham Hulme GS
Newcastle School for Boys v. Grammar School at Leeds
Northcote Lodge v. Great Walstead
Stephen Perse v. St. John's Enfield 
St Paul's Juniors v. Latymer Upper
Thomas's Battersea v. Ryde 


Beechwood Park made a strong start despite their long journey and took the lead through a penalty, after their striker was brought down in the box. This made for an exciting game with Aldro equalising later in the first half before the scores remained at 1-1 for the next 30 minutes of play. Halfway through the second half Aldro broke through and scored to make it 2-1, before converting a corner to provide a two-goal lead going in to the final ten minutes. Beechwood Park gave it their all in the final ten, creating chances and never giving up, but Aldro won the match 3-1 and qualifed for the 2nd round.

A fine solo goal put Birkenhead in front early in the game. This was quickly cancelled out by Grange who equalised via a right-wing cross which drifted into the far corner. Grange were generally the stronger side, passing the ball better through the midfield and causing the Birkenhead back line problems through skilful link-up play by their lively forwards. An impressive move, involving a number of players, lead to Grange taking a deserved lead halfway through the 1st half. Injuries left Birkenhead somewhat disjointed and Grange had several opportunities to seal the victory in the second half but were denied by a fine display from the Birkenhead goalkeeper Samson Bannon. Equally, Birkenhead's pace and individual flair made them a threat on the break and the game would have gone into extra time had a last-minute shot not come back off the inside of the post. However, the final score line was a fair reflection of the overall play.

A cracking affair with two quality sides. The physicality and intensity of the Papplewick side paid early dividends as they scored three early goals through some lovely passages of play.The ball was moved quickly and the passing hurt the Claremont Fan Court side, direct, and precise in delivery. The game got stretched early on and Claremont Fan pulled one back, growing into the game and refusing to stop playing in the right way. However, Papplewick scored two further goals to put the game to bed. Claremont Fan didn't give up and scored a late consolation to make the final score 5-2.   

The final score line of 5 - 2 did not reflect what was a very close competitive game. Ryde came out on top with a more direct approach and some good finishing but some of the build up play from Reigate was excellent. The game was played in a good spirit, on another day the result could have been very different.  Well done to both sets of players.

In an end to end tie it took penalties to finally break the deadlock between Queen Ethelburga’s and RGS Newcastle. After falling behind to a breakaway goal RGS began peppering the QE goal before scoring two goals early in the second half. As the game became more stretched QE were able to level the tie with a goal from distance. After an extra time period where RGS spurned two glorious chances it came down to penalties, with RGS claiming a 4-1 win. A fantastic match and well done to both sides

Latymer Upper and Sevenoaks played out a fantastic game on an extremely hot day. There were good early chances for both sides and then Latymer Upper took the lead. Sevenoaks rallied well and scored just before the half as well as just after the break to lead 2-1. They then added to their lead and looked like they were going to see the game out. Latymer Upper continued to push though and managed to score two goals in the last 5 minutes to force extra time. Momentum was with the home time and Latymer Upper managed to score two more in extra-time. Well done to both sides.

Finborough edged possession in a tight first half with both Finborough and New College failing to create good chances. The second half saw Finborough up their game and score two early goals through, only for this to seemingly switch them off their normal game New College enjoyed a good spell but failing to capitalise. No more goals saw Finborough edge the game in what was an always close if not a spectacular game played in excellent spirit throughout.

Elstree started very strongly against a battling home side. The scoring opened mid-way through the half. 4-0 at half time quickly became 4-1 as Newland House converted a well taken penalty. Elstree played some neat counter attacking football scoring four more times to go through the to the next round.

Eaton House the Manor dominated the opening half and were unlucky to head into the break level 2-2 with Alleyn’s. In the second half Alleyn’s improved and raced into a 4-2 lead. Eaton House kept pushing and pulled a goal back before time ran out for them to find an equaliser.

Danes Hill School welcomed Wellingborough School for the first round of the ISFA Cup. Danes Hill started fast, moving the ball quickly and scoring inside 10 minutes. Danes Hill quickly doubled their lead minutes later before adding a third shortly after. Wellingborough settle into the game and looked to create some chances towards the end of the first half but were hit twice on the counter, making it 5-0 to Danes Hill at half time. Danes Hill came out quickly in the second half scoring from a nice passing move. Wellingborough forced a goal back from a long goal kick and then pressed high, forcing Danes Hill into several mistakes making it 6-3. Danes Hill scored a seventh late on, making the final score 7-3.

Wolverhampton Grammar School and Prestfelde had a good, even battle in the first half which saw Prestfelde 4-3 up at half time. In the second half Prestfelde came out fighting and scored five more goals to secure a 6-4 win.

Yardley court got the better of Arnold House in this first round match. The match was played in a tremendous spirit with lots of high-quality football on display.  Arnold opened the scoring with a well taken finish. Yardley got their equaliser just before half time after a goal mouth scramble. The second period was a very tense affair and could have gone either way.  It was Yardley Court who got the all-important winner with five minutes of play remaining.

Brighton College put in stellar display to brush aside Aldwickbury in the opening round of the ISFA Cup. Brighton went into half time 2-0 up having controlled the game. Brighton ran away with the second half scoring 6 more goals. Alderwickbury didn’t give up and were rewarded with two goals, but Brighton were too strong. 

Vinehall hosted The Hall in their first appearance in the ISFA Cup. It was a very evenly contested match. The Hall took a very early lead with a well taken goal. Vinehall responded with a goal of their own midway through the first half. Vinehall scored two more in the second half before The Hall scored late in the game, to set up an exciting finish. Vinehall eventually running out 3-2 winners.

Haileybury won 6-0 against a spirited Fulham Prep side, with three goals in each half. Fulham and Haileybury both tried to play attractive football and both teams created chances in either half before the scoring commenced.

Westminster started brightly and after a long kick from their goalkeeper, took the lead as an audacious volley sailed over the home goalkeeper and into the net.  Almost immediately a second followed. The game settled down a little as St Edwards found their feet, before Westminster added a third before half-time. St Edwards started the second half brightly and both their wingers were causing trouble on the flanks. A deserved goal came from one such attack as a ball in from wide was slotted home for a well deserved goal. However, Westminster found their mojo again and comfortably saw out the rest of the game as St Edwards tired. 

Bishops Stortford v. Bede's
Buckswood v. University College School
Dulwich College v. Hereward House
Forest v. Colfe's
Formarke Hall v. Birkdale 
Great Walstead v. Orley Farm
Harrodian v. Lancing
Highgate v. St. Joseph's College
King's College Junior School v. Chigwell
Kingston GS v. Bournemouth Collegiate 
Lingfield College v. Leighton Park
Lockers Park v St. Paul's Juniors
Rokeby v. St. James Senior School
Stephen Perse v. Dulwich Prep
Stockport v. Oswestry 
Summer Fields v. Lochinver House 
The Pilgrim's v. John Lyon
Trinity v. Princethorpe
Wetherby Senior School v. Farringtons


The Investec ISFA U13 National Cup saw last year winners Whitgift take on Alleyn’s. From kick off both teams looked to play nice football and pass the ball through the thirds. Whitgift broke the deadlock after 11 minutes when a fantastic strike from outside of the box by Andre Grey was drilled into the bottom left corner. Whitgift soon doubled there lead as Grey got his second of the game through a well taken free kick. Alleyn’s did not give up and came close to pulling a goal back after Milo Pryse-Lloyd beat three defenders to play in Ethan Sampson whose shot went just wide. Whitgift saw the first half out full of confidence playing some extremely nice football down the wings. They extend their lead to 5-0 going into the interval, with two goals from Asher Agbinone and one from Conrad Norman.

In the second half Alleyn’s came out fighting and looked to press the Whitgift players. However, a miss-timed tackle in the Alleyn’s box resulted in a penalty which Agbinone smashed home to complete his hat-trick and extend Whitgift’s lead. Alleyn’s did not let the score-line demoralise them and looked to get back into the game. Their efforts were soon rewarded when Patrick Smiley scored an absolute rocket in the top right-hand corner giving the Whitgift goalkeeper, Chris Cumming, no chance. Alleyn’s continued to look for attacking opportunities and Luc Rollet de Fougerolles reduced the score-line after a neat back heal control which he turned to hit home. Alleyn’s continued to fight until the end, but Whitgift’s dominance shone through as they clinched a last minute goal from Norman to end the game 7-2 winners and retain their ISFA Investec Cup title.

Whitgift: A.Lamb, G.Mace, C.Budd, S.Roccia, J.Grante, N.Antoniades, A.Grey, A.Agbinone, C.Norman, B.Myers, A.Ampah, J.Wacsstaff, C.Cumming, W.Rees, P.Roccia, B.Lyons

Alleyn’s: K.Parry, W.Marshall, M.Bavington, C.Abbaslan, J.Pool, B.Athill, E.Sampson, J.Pesaro, M.Pryse-Lloyd,  L.Rollet de Fougerolles, N.Sampson, M. Goodard, P.Smiley, J.Gray, S.Wood

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