The Investec ISFA U15 National Cup Final saw last year’s champions, Aldenham, take on Royal Russell. The first half was an even affair, going from end to end with both teams having numerous opportunities to take the lead but failed to capitalise, or where denied by the fantastic goalkeeping displayed by both teams. Royal Russell’s best effort came from David Kawa after he beat the Aldenham defender in the box to strike the ball, but it deflected off the post. In the final minute of the first half Aldenham’s Romey Eccles-Meoded did extremely well to get around three defenders but the Royal Russell goalkeeper, Toby McKimm, was quick off his line to collect the ball. An exciting and competitive first half ended goal-less leaving the final wide open.
The second half started how the first ended with both teams looking to break. It was Aldenham who broke the deadlock after 45minutes through Osereme Ufuah after a strong run down the left. Aldenham soon doubled their lead through Eccles-Meoded who calmly finished a low shot from inside the 18yard box. This boosted Aldenham’s confidence as they started to dominate possession creating numerous chances and forcing the Royal Russell goalkeeper, McKimm, into action. Royal Russell did not give up and continued to be positive in their play. They were soon rewarded when Neil-Gray, who had been outstanding for Royal Russell, dribbled the ball around the Aldenham defender to put in a low cross for Kawa to finish. In the final minutes Royal Russell put Aldenham under pressure and came close to equalising. However, in what was a very tense final few minutes Aldenham held on to retain their title and be crowned 2018-19 Investec ISFA U15 Champions.
Royal Russell: T.McKimm, J.Riddington, L.Saville, J. Drakes-Thomas, S.German, A.Elerewe, B.Moore, D.Kawa, K.Neil-Gray, J.Henry-Francis, T.Serafeimidis, J.Else, C.Dennis, A.Sbaiti, C.Firth, G.Newman
Aldenham: L.Lavin, J.Young, M.Delyfer, L.Boast, S.Kurt, R.Ecceeles-Meoded, O.Ufuah, C.Patino, T.Barrett, A.Benn, T.Ladipo, J.Grieves, P. Neves-Virginia, M.Ribeiro Dias, J.Barry-Djemal, C.John-Ahye
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Both Aldenham and Moorland started the game strongly and both teams could have scored early but were denied by excellent goalkeeping. As the game settled down it was Moorland who looked the stronger and deservedly took the lead from a quick counter attack. With the game edging towards half-time Aldenham scored an equaliser after a Toj Ladipo cross was expertly finished by Ozzie Ufuah was a Cruyff flick into the far corner. The second half again started with Moorland on the front foot but gradually Aldenham came into the game and pinned Moorland back. After a number of near misses the game was eventually settled when a Luca Boast cross was attacked by Romey Eccles-Meoded which put the Moorland GK off and the ball evaded everyone and went into the net. With Moorland pushing for an equaliser Aldenham struck the bar and had one cleared off the line but held on to secure their place in the final for the second successive year.
The ISFA Cup semi-final between Hampton and Royal Russell, got off to a fast start with both teams fighting out for their fair share of possession. With Hampton playing some lovely football out from the back and looking to control the game, it was Royal Russell that were able to produce the best move of the match. Jack Henry-Francis managed to score with a long range effort from outside the box to give Russell the lead 15 minutes in, after some neat link-up play between the Russell forwards. Hampton looked to pile on the pressure with a few tactical changes and looked to be more direct, but the Royal Russell defence stood strong, Jake Riddington staring at the back for Russell. The best chance for Hampton came on the stroke of half time when a Hampton Free-kick on the edge of the box tested Tom McKimm in the Royal Russell goal but he was able to deny the rebound. 1-0 at half time. The second half followed much of a similar pattern to that of the 1st half. Hampton increasingly dominated possession with a more physical threat after some changes were made, whilst Royal Russell were happy to sit in and look to punish Hampton on the break which made for an open and entertaining second half. Russell were able to see the game through with their 1-0 lead intact, despite Hampton’s best efforts, allowing them to progress in the competition. This is the first time in the history of Royal Russell that the U15’s have reached the ISFA final and they look forward to their trip to Burton in early March.
Moorland started brightly, alas they were made to pay for defensive indecision as Repton struck first with a well-taken goal from Fraser Geddes. This seemed only to waken the Moorland, as they slowly found their feet and passing game. Moorland’s reply came to fruition as George Gent, making his Moorland bow, curled home a sweet free-kick from 20 yards. Moorland continued to press and forged a number of clear opportunities before the break. Moorland started the second half as they ended the first knocking at the Repton door. Eventually the Repton rear-guard was breached once more, courtesy of a George Gent. Repton worked hard to draw level at 2-2 through Fin Barker. With the scores even and the threat of extra time on the cards, Moorland dug deep into their energy reserves to carve more openings. The latter was rewarded when Badre Abbou finished off further great work from Gent, whose shot smashed off the bar, to fire home to put Moorland back in the ascendency at 3-2. With Repton now chasing the game, and Moorland’s class and experience coming to the fore, there were further opportunities for Moorland. With minutes left Badre Abbou completed another fine Moorland move, including great work from the tireless Jacob Holgate, to seal their place in this season’s semi-finals.
After a cagey start to the match Eton scored after a rapid break out from their own area. Royal Russell came out quickly after half time straight from the kick off and then added a second soon after. Eton continued to battle and hit the bar and a shot stopped on the line, but eventually drew level again. Royal Russell then broke again to regain the lead. Eton continued to press but RR stayed firm and move on to the semi-finals.
The game started at a frantic pace with Bradfield having the better of the early play and could have scored through a header but was well saved by Aldenham keeper Lewis Lavin. After about 20 minutes Aldenham started to grow into the game and following a great pass from Luca Boast that spilt the Bradfield defence Romey Eccles-Meoded volleyed home. The game stayed very close until 10 minutes into the second half when Charlie Patino scored a 30 yard free kick. After that Aldenham began to dominate the game and scored a third through Aaron Benn after good work from Eccles-Meoded & Toj Ladipo. Aldenham had a number of chances to increase the lead but the score stayed at three.
A late strike from O’Pray, nearing the end of extra-time, breaking the hearts of a talented and spirited Bede’s team was enough to send Hampton through to the semi-finals. Bede’s started the game strongly and could have scored in the opening minute when a good chance went just wide. It took Hampton a good 15 minutes to get into the game, when De Costa went close breaking from the right. The rest of the game was a hard fought tight affair, neither team taking total control and both sides creating half chances. With the game deep in extra-time and the dreaded penalties looming, O’Pray’s strike decided the game.
Bradfield progressed to the quarter-finals after a hard fought victory against a strong Brentwood side. Brentwood had the best of the first 15 minutes and looked dangerous going forward. Bradfield grew into the game and started to create some good chances. The first of these fell to Thomas Bough who produced a wonderful reflex save from the Brentwood keeper to keep the scores level. The game was goalless at half time and there was little to separate the two sides. The first goal was always going to be crucial and it came Bradfield’s way, 10 minutes into the second half, courtesy of wonderful strike from Dylan Lowther. Bradfield then added to their advantage through a clever header from Jake McGregor and then a sharp finish from Harry Ford. Brentwood to their credit kept throwing men forward and were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. In the closing minutes Toby Raphael coolly rounded the Brentwood keeper and finished smartly to make the final score four nil to Bradfield.
Hampton progress through to the quarter-finals after a thrilling match with KCS Wimbledon that went right down to the wire. KCS Wimbledon had the stronger of the first 20 minutes, controlling the midfield but were not able to capitalise on a couple of half chances. Hampton grew into the half and finished the strongest side leading into the break. In the second half Hampton continued to pressure the KCS goal mouth, but with brave defending and some excellent goal keeping they managed to keep the ball out of the net. KCS were always a threat on the break and they nearly scored first when a deflected shot looked goal bound, only for the Hampton goalkeeper, Bothamley, to keep the ball out with a tremendous reflex save down to his right. It was soon after this and in the last minute of normal time that, McMillan, the Hampton right back made a strong run into the box crossing the ball for O’Pray to get across the front of the defender to guide the ball home with his head. It proved to be the decisive goal. This was an excellent game where both sides gave their all.
In difficult conditions both teams started well and created opportunities before Bede’s ceased the initiative from a defensive error by Millfield taking an early 1-0 lead. The early goal lifted Bede’s and a second soon followed when a well struck free kick was saved but the follow up was put in. As the half progressed Millfileld’s excellent two wide players started to carve out opportunities but the Bede’s keeper and defense held out. The second half saw numerous opportunities created by both teams, before the game was finally settled with 10 minutes to go as Bede’s scored on the counter attack.
Royal Russell are though to the quarter-finals after a good win against a strong and physical St John’s Leatherhead in the ISFA Ivestec Cup. Russell Russell took the lead in the first half though Kia Neil-Grey. His long range effort managing to beat the recovering keeper. The second half was much of the same, with both teams creating good changes but the game came to a close when Bobby Moore Tapped in from close range to make it 2-0.
The game started at a frantic pace and Aldenham scored early through an Ozzie Ufuah header. Ardingly and Aldenham both then missed a number of good opportunities before Ardingly equalised with a smart finish. The second half saw Aldenham score with their first attack through another Ufuah header and from their dominated the game and went on to score a third through a Charlie Patino solo goal.
Repton started the brighter of the two sides and enjoyed significant periods of good possession in the early stages of the first half. Max Raine, for Repton, finally broke the deadlock after twenty minutes with a well taken goal from the top of the box. However, Shrewsbury looked threatening on the break and it was not long before they were able to capitalise on a loose ball in midfield to level the scores heading in to half time. Repton went ahead early in the second period when Fraser James headed home from a corner and the game became increasingly frantic from that point forward. Both sides created chances and Shrewsbury were denied by the woodwork on two separate occasions but they could not find a second equaliser.
Eton played away at the Harrodian School in the fourth round. Harrodian dominated the opening 25 minutes of the game, however Eton took the lead with a goal coming from a fortunate counter attack. Eton then had a penalty 2 minutes later as mistimed challenge allowed Eton the opportunity to go 2 up before the break. The second half was keenly contested by both sides however the main difference being Eton took all of their chances to win 6-0. The score line certainly flattered Eton College as Harrodian School battled well.
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Moorland v Bolton
St Joesph’s started very strong and a forced a string of fine saves from the Bede’s keeper. They continued to play well and a resilient Bede’s defence and a goal keeper in fine form kept the score at 0- 0. Bede’s had a slight chance at the other end when St Joesph’s goal keeper made a good save from a Bede’s corner. It was 0-0 at half time. Bede’s came out and had a good chance in the first five minutes however good defending denied and clear chance. St Joesph’s then picked up from where they ended the first half and dominated possession and had a flurry of chances. Only for the man of the match Bede’s keeper, Edd cooper to again pull of a string of fine saves to keep the score at 0-0. Bede’s pressed a little bit more as the final moments of the game and a good cross from Sam Wiltshire bobbled its way through to Tarun Rohilla who slotted into the far corner. Bede’s managed to see out the final minutes of the game.
Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) started brightly on home turf, going a goal ahead thanks to some quick, direct attacking play that put Repton on the back foot. Max Raine brought the scores level, but the home side took the lead again before half time to take a one goal advantage into the break. GSAL then doubled their lead shortly after the restart before Louie Haigh and Raine responded during a strong period for the visitors. In an end-to-end extra time exchange, both teams created chances but it was Repton who broke the deadlock through Haigh.
On a wonderful playing surface, Shrewsbury and St. Bedes played out an entertaining game of football. Shrewsbury took a 3-0 lead into half time through goals from Henry McGowan, Dibgy Taylor West and Joe Archer. Despite Shrewsbury dominating the first half, the game was to soon turn on its head early in the second half with St. Bedes getting two goals back. Despite this scare, Shrewsbury quickly regained their composure and were awarded a penalty to make the game 4-2. A final goal from Digby Taylor West secured a 5-2 for the home side.
KCS Wimbledon took the lead after 15minutes with a bullet header to the top right hand corner of the goal after a well worked corner routine. KCS scored soon after with another well worked goal which started with their goal keeper rolling the ball out, KCS passed the ball with pace from the back before slotting it past Wetherby Senior School goal keeper. Wetherby had the chance to scrape a goal back early in the second half after a penalty was awarded but, the KCS goal keeper made an outstanding save denying Wetherby. Wetherby scored with 10minutes to go from a long ball from the back which set up a tense finish. Wetherby were throwing everything at KCS to equalise but could not create any clear goal scoring opportunities as the KCS boys put their bodies on the line to protect their lead. In the last minute of the game KCS broke quickly scoring a long-range effort after a mistake from the Wetherby goal keeper.
Eton hosted Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in the third round. A bright start to the game saw Eton College open the scoring through Louis Barnes who managed to score from a tight angle. The game was tightly contested, however Eton doubled the lead from the penalty spot and it was 3-0 just before half time as Eton scored against the run of play. Haberdashers' rallied strongly after half time and came into the game scoring a well worked goal. As Haberdashers' pushed for another goal this left gaps at the back and Eton scored 2 goals with time running out to add a slightly flattering look to the score line. It was certainly a more keenly contested game than the final score suggests.
Ardingly started strongly against Box Hill and took the lead after only 7 minutes, quickly adding a second three minutes later. At 2-0 Box Hill fought valiantly to get back into the game and it was obvious that the next goal in the game would be crucial and so it proved. After squandering several chances Ardingly went 3-0 ahead which effectively ended the game as a contest. Goals now came at regular intervals with six Ardingly players getting their name on the scoresheet as they notched up double figures to secure their place in the next round. Late on Box Hill did threaten briefly but the Ardingly defence were determined to keep a clean sheet and remained resolute to the final whistle.
Hampton progress through with a hard-fought win against a very good Alleyn’s team. Alleyn’s started the game much the stronger team and deservedly took the lead 10 minutes in to the game. After a tactical change Hampton began to work their way back in to the match and scored at a vital moment shortly before halftime when De Costa headed in at the far post. The beginning of the second half saw both teams null each other out and the battle in midfield looked like the area where the game might be decided. It was Hampton who scored, through Dinan with fifteen minutes left on the clock. Alleyn’s pushed forwards in search of an equaliser but where caught on the break and Polleri worked his way into the box to smash past the oncoming goal keeper. Alleyn’s kept going to the end putting pressure on the Hampton defence, hitting the cross bar and forcing a few corners. But it was Hampton’s day in the end.
Bolton began the game on the front foot, creating a couple of decent chances without finding the finishing touch. Priory were dangerous on the counter, but Bolton twice found a way through the Priory defence through two neat finishes from Henry Miller-Stenton before half-time. Priory came out in the second half intent on pressing Bolton high up the pitch, but soon conceded a third which was scored by Daniel Morris. Henry Miller-Stenton then completed his hat-trick before two further goals from Michael Ibeto and George Warren completed the scoring. The last goal was arguably the best goal of the match following a flowing move which began with the Bolton ‘keeper.
First half goals from Thomas Bough, Tobias Raphael (2) and Harry Ford put Bradfield in control against a spirited Latymer Upper team. Bradfield continued to push forward in the second half and extended their lead with goals from Thomas Morley, Dylan Lowther and Jake McGregor (2). Latymer deservingly got on the scoresheet from a well taken penalty. The final score line of 8-1 slightly flattered Bradfield, but they were worthy of the win and a place in the 4th Round draw.
Aldenham were 3-0 up at half time against Worth through goals from Patino, Young & Benn. They went on to score five more in the second half through Ufuah, Eccles-Meoded (2), Barrett & Grieves to seal a comfortable win.
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Dulwich v Brentwood
Farringtons v Harrodian
Royal Russell v Whitgift
St. John's, Leatherhead v Ibstock Place
Truro v Millfield
Latymer Upper started brightly and were rewarded with an early goal after some good build up play. Trinity always looked dangerous but struggled to be clinical in front of goal. Three more goals were added from Latymer but a Trinity goal just before the break gave them hope. In the second half, Trinity again had lots of procession but Latymer were able to counter and eventually finished 7-1 winners.
Two well-finished early goals from Morris and Dawson-Mayol saw Bolton head into half time two goals to the good, although King’s School Chester had a great chance to pull one back, only to be denied by the Bolton keeper. The game ebbed and flowed in the second half with Bolton scoring a third, again through Morris, after some neat play. King’s had plenty of chances of their own, but were unable to make it count, with the visitors taking the spoils.
Truro School travelled up the M5 for this fixture v Bristol Grammar School. On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon both teams played with full commitment and endeavour. Joe Moran opened the scoring for Truro and went on to complete a wonderful hat trick. BSG did get their consolation goal but it was Truro who ran out 3.1winners.
In glorious Surrey sunshine, Bradfield started the game brightly and deservedly took the lead through an excellent strike from Thomas Bough. Charterhouse had their moments and certainly could have been level at the break. However, just before the interval Jake McGregor won a penalty, which was coolly converted by Toby Raphael to put Bradfield two goals ahead. Bradfield then extended their lead further, five minutes into the second half when Thomas Bough surged through to finish well. Charterhouse, to their credit, continued to push forward and managed to score two goals to set up a nervy last ten minutes. However, with five minutes to go Toby Raphael latched onto a Jake McGregor cross to send Bradfield through to the third round.
With the scoreline at 2-1 in the final stages, Ibstock Place felt they had one foot in round three. They had not accounted for a diagonal of such accuracy which split the defence in two and allowed Sevenoaks to dream once more. Excitement became elation as Sevenoaks took a goal advantage to lead at half time in extra time and Ibstock were as good as out. However, a corner for Ibstock bore fruit and after a parry from the goalkeeper Arya volleyed powerfully into the net to claim an equaliser. A topsy turvy game was set for penalties as the away side bombarded forward. Hadjipateras controlled with his thigh and turned thirty yards from goal and shot. Unbelievably, the ball flew high and fast beating the keeper and the crossbar to send Ibstock into round three after a valiant comeback from the home side. A remarkable game.
Repton started well but were kept at bay by some outstanding work from the visiting Manchester Grammar School (MGS) goalkeeper. Luke Bahia, for Repton, finally broke the deadlock just before half time and added a second after the break. Henry Cooper made it 3-0 from the spot and looked to have secured the win. However, MGS fought back and Nathan Zaman grabbed a goal from a well worked corner during a period of significant pressure. Max Raine finally put the result beyond doubt, latching on to a through ball and firing into the roof of the net.
Worth School prevailed in a tight game away to ACS Cobham with a late goal proving the difference between the sides. Worth took an early lead when a fantastic passing move ended with Charles Defour sweeping home for the visitors. Despite playing less than vintage football, Worth should have been out of sight within 15 minutes as they spurned a host of good chances. They were made to pay for their profligacy as ACS Cobham grew into the game, giving their visitors some scares, before deservedly levelling matters just after the break. With both sides looking tired and the game becoming a very even, if disjointed, contest, Worth grabbed the winner when a Caleb Tanner free-kick dropped behind the ACS Cobham defensive line for Alessandro Donna’ Dalle Rose to latch onto and fire home.
A positive start for the Whitgift saw attack after attack but Haileybury set up to defend at all costs and prevent any early goals but once the resistance was broken goals seemed to come in bursts. After 12mins Whitgift scored three quick goals and then another five after the 25minute mark leaving an 8-0 half time score. Haileybury stuck to their task second half and reduced Whitgift to five second half goals leaving the final score as 13-0 to Whitgift.
In good conditions Alleyn’s and City of London battled hard in a tightly contested and evenly matched game. Such was the determination of both defences that it seemed neither side would break the deadlock until Alleyn’s Jack Browett latched onto a bouncing ball and rolled it under the onrushing keeper. With only 5 minutes left, Alleyn’s held on to see themselves into the next round.
Hampton progressed through to the next round with a professional performance against Bournemouth Collegiate, helped by a hatrick from J De Costa.
Both, Birkdale and St. Bede's College started brightly with both goalkeepers forced into good saves in the opening minutes. St Bede's College then took control of the game and scored three superb goals with Wilcox and Mancisidor linking up to see Wilcox hit the back of the net twice and Mancisidor hitting the top corner from outside the area. At half time blustery conditions set in up on the Yorkshire moors and a scrappy second half ensued. Birkdale pulled a goal back following persistent pressure before St Bede's renewed their three goal lead after Bruke played in Whelan who's deflected effort found the bottom corner. Birkdale continued to press into the dying minutes and managed to pull another goal back with a finish from close range following a corner. Final score Birkdale School 2-4 St Bede's College.
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Ardingly v Highgate
Bishop Challoner v Haberdashers' Aske's
Box Hill v Bedales
Brentwood v University College School
Cheadle Hulme v Grammar School at Leeds
Farrington's v Kingston GS
Forest v Royal Russell
Frensham Heights v Bede's
Grange v Moorland
Harrow v Millfield
Kimbolton v St. Joseph's College
King Edward's, Witley v St. John's, Leatherhead
LVS Ascot Harrodian
Oldham Hulme GS v Shrewsbury
Priory v Wolverhampton GS
RGS Newcastle v Bury GS
St. Edmund's, Ware v KCS Wimbledon
St. John's, Enfield v Dulwich College
Wetherby Senior v Princethorpe
Eton lined up against a very good Bedford Modern side with an excellent record. Eton start lively and within 5 minutes had the first real chance of the game, a header from Mendel-Idowu going just over the bar. However, Bedford soon took the lead, a slip on the ball from Eton, allowed the Bedford winger in to score with a simple finish. Eton responded well and levelled soon after with a superb chip from Mendel-Idowu. Eton then soon took the lead with a 20-yard effort from Hopkins. The game continued at a very high tempo and goals from Mendel-Idowu and Dada (2) saw the game home comfortably for Eton.
Hampton progressed through to the next round in a thrilling tie with John Lyon. In a game of two halves and wind effected John Lyon had the better of the first 35 minutes and would have been leading if not for some fine goalkeeping by Bothamley (Hampton). In the second half Hampton upped their passing game to put the game out of reach.
Aldenham beat Brooke House after extra time, in a game ruined by strong winds making play very difficult. Tom Barrett and Ozzie Ufuah put Aldenham 2-0 up in extra time before a late Brooke House goal made for an exciting end to the match.
Bradfield and Westminster were evenly matched at the half time interval. Bradfield had taken a slender advantage into the break after Harry Ford pounced from a well worked corner to make it 2.1 to the home side. Bradfield managed to wrestle control of the game in the second half however. Goals from Dylan Lowther, Thomas Morley, Harry Ford, Jake McGregor and Joshua Buchan saw them run out comfortable winners in the end.
St John’s School, Leatherhead started the match quickly and their sharp passing allowed striker Luke Genco to calmly slot home on three occasions to secure a hat trick after 13 minutes. Winchester College quickly replied from the penalty spot but it was St John’s who continued to control the match and take their opportunities with Lissah, Boyle and Simpson finding the net.
ISFA debut Worth School came under sustained pressure for the early part of the first half against technically skilled opponents Buckswood who were also making their ISFA bow, but defended manfully, marshalled by captain Caleb Tanner. Worth grabbed the lead midway through the first half, somewhat against the run of play, when Alsseandro Donna Delle Rose pounced on a misplaced pass and finished coolly. From then on Worth grew in confidence and the game became more of a contest, with the visitors, Worth, arguably having the best of the second period in the scorching hot conditions. A nicely constructed move saw Donna Delle Rose, for Worth, clip over the oncoming 'keeper to score his second and seal the tie late on.
Bede's made the long journey down the M25 to Holme Grange and made a strong start to the game. Holme Grange struggled to keep possession in the first half and Bede's put some pressure on the Holme Grange defence without being able to penetrate. The Holme Grange defence stood firm until just before half time, where Bede's went ahead through a well taken penalty. Bede's went into half time 1-0 up and after some more sustained pressure in the second half, three quick goals put the game to bed and the Bede's took a well deserved win.
MATCH PLAYED BUT NO RESULT SUBMITTED:
Abbey Gate v. Shrewsbury
Birkdale v. Bootham
Farringtons v. Chigwell
Lancing v. University College School
Lingfield College v. KCS Wimbledon
Wolverhampton GS v. Oswestry