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A strong start by Aldenham saw them open up a 3-0 lead. However, Colfe’s came back into the game towards the end of the half and scored a well-deserved goal. The second half was a more even game but eventually Aldenham broke through to score two more goals and secure the win.

Hampton progressed through to the next round with a strong second half performance against Kingston Grammar School. The first half was evenly matched and either team could have been in front at the break. It was Hampton who broke the deadlock, increasing their lead just before the halftime.

A tightly contested game was always likely to be decided by the odd goal when Alleyn’s welcomed John Lyon. Both teams adopted a high tempo style and looked to dominate midfield. A missed penalty for Alleyn’s suggested the game would go to extra time but Alleyn’s managed to build play on the right for their striker to coolly slot home and send Alleyn’s into the next round.

After the long journey, Millfield made the stronger start, testing the Dulwich goalkeeper early on. Dulwich College grew into the game and started to press Millfield on the ball whilst playing with more freedom and soon took the lead. Dulwich continued the pressure and doubled their lead soon after. Dulwich added a third in the latter stages of the first half. The second half saw Millfield come out with more intensity and play on the front foot. With fifteen minutes to go a mix up in the Dulwich backline, saw Millfield fire home. In the dying stages, Millfield scored a header from a corner to make it a very nerve wracking final few minutes but Dulwich held on to progress.

The Grammar School at Leeds v. RGS Newcastle was played in blustery conditions. Both sides threatened in the first half but failed to capitalise. The game was decided by a wicket deflection which gave the RGS Newcastle keeper no chance.

There wasn't much to separate Lancing and Bradfield at the half time interval, but Bradfield had a slender 2-1 advantage. The next goal after the break was always going to be crucial and Bradfield managed to claim it. To their credit Lancing continued to push forward and always looked dangerous but it wasn't to be their day. Bradfield extended their lead from a close-range finish and soon added a fifth. Lancing never gave up and were rewarded with a penalty late on that they calmly converted. 

In blustery conditions AKS Lytham started brightly and created the better of the chances, with Shrewsbury School doing well to keep the hosts out. AKS opened the scoring tapping in from close range to make it. As the first half progressed Shrewsbury grew into the game and hit AKS on the counter. At the start of the second half, AKS looked to put the visitors under further pressure and some individual brilliance on the edge of the box lead to a free kick being awarded, which was struck into the top corner. AKS extended their lead with a further two goals. Shrewsbury pulled a goal back in the 65th minute to conclude the score 4-1.

A brilliant contested game, by two top teams, saw Royal Russell emerge victorious against Forest. Both teams started strong, moving the ball well and playing into dangerous areas. Forest made the first breakthrough, scoring from an excellently worked goal. Royal Russell responded well, piling the pressure on the organised Forest defence, however, struggled to find an end product. Half time came with Forest in the lead. After half time, Royal Russell responded with a change of formation and emphasis. With Royal Russel having the main share of possession, it was only a matter of time until they equalised. A brilliantly worked passage of play led to a Royal Russell cross which resulted in a penalty being awarded and calmly converted. Forest looked to respond, however, Royal Russell compact defence proved to much as they ran out 2-1 winners.

A very impressive first half performance saw Whitgift hit double figures against Buckswood after some excellent forward play. The second half was much more competitive with both teams scoring one each.

Repton took a very early two goal lead thanks to a close range finish and a well taken lob. Despite the early setback, King's School Chester grew into the game, defending resolutely and frustrating the Repton attack until the break. The home side started the second half brightly and again grabbed an early goal. With conditions deteriorating, both side worked hard to create chances and, but for some smart work between the sticks, the scoreline could have grown considerably in either direction. Repton grabbed a fourth half-way through the second period, rounding off the scoring and sending Repton into the next round.

Bournemouth Collegiate opened the scoring after two minutes with a great finish from the edge of the box. Truro needed to defend well against the fast paced BCS side. However, it was Truro who broke away and equalised. The game settled into a more even contest but is was BCS who restored their lead. Truro battled back and drew level. The second half saw Truro on the front foot with the Truro scorer completing his hat trick. A further goal put Truro 4-2 up. BCS pushed back but Truro defended in numbers. BCS did score another great goal in the last minute to make it a tense and exciting end but Truro managed to hold on.

In atrocious weather conditions, Eton came out on top in a tense, tight game. Two neatly worked Eton goals and a cool finish from the University College School striker meant the game was poised 2-1 at half-time. UCS began the second half strongly with a sensational 30 yard goal; the two teams scrapped away from then on before a late flurry of Eton goals meant a lopsided but misleading final score.

The opening stages were a cagey affair but Harrow took the lead through a close range finish. Harrow got a second with a wonderful 25 yard strike into the top corner. Princethorpe grabbed a goal back at the start of the second half but three more goals ensured that Harrow finished on top.

After a lively start from both Bede's and Brentwood it was Bede’s broke the deadlock with some neat passing in midfield and a clever ball over the top which was latched onto and neatly finished. Bede’s continued to press however, Brentwood’s lively forward line was a constant threat.  A combination of good defending and good attacking play allowed Bede’s to be 4-1 up at half time. Brentwood scored first after the restart making an interesting last 15 minutes.  However a breakaway goal for Bede’s with 5 minutes to go finished the game.

City of London started very strongly against Westminster. They took their chances and found themselves 3-0 up at half time. The second half was a much more even affair though City added another goal to finish 4-0.

Birkdale v. Bolton
Bootham v. Newcastle Schools for Boys
Brooke House v. St. Bede's College
Claremont Fan Court v. Charterhouse
Haberdashers' Aske v. St. Joseph's College
Harrodian v. Latymer Upper
Highgate v. St. John's Enfield
KCS Wimbledon v. Bristiol GS
Kimbolton v. Trinity
King Edward's, Witley v. Ardingly
Oldham Hulme v. Cheadle Hulme
Reigate GS v. Chigwell
St. John's, Leatherhead v. Lingfield College
Wetherby Senior v. Winchester
Wolverhampton GS v. Manchester GS


Manchester Grammar School scored the first goal on seven minutes to take the lead going into half time. Merchant Taylors, Crosby battled in the second half but MGS were awarded a penalty which was converted to extend their lead. With ten minutes left, MGS substitute scored to make the full-time score 3-0.

A fairly even yet scrappy first twenty minutes suggested it was a good match up, however Reigate managed to break the deadlock slightly against the run of play. A flurry of goals and Reigate pressure saw them go in at half time 3-0, which slightly flattered the home team. After a Worth goal early in the second half the game settled down before Reigate scored a 4th and were able to see out the game with a little more comfort.

AKS Lytham progressed through to the 2nd round of the ISFA Cup after a hard earned victory over The Grange. Both teams started brightly and it was a quick break after 2 mins that saw The Grange take an early lead. With AKS playing themselves into the game several chances were created by the home side which saw them hit the woodwork and some fine saves from the visiting keeper. As the half came to a close, AKS got the break through and levelled with a great shot just inside the box. In the second half, AKS started brightly and were soon on the attack with chances created once again, the best of which saw an unstoppable 25yd drive into the top corner. With AKS seemingly on top, The Grange proved dangerous on the counter and it was this that lead to the equaliser from the spot after the home keeper had brought down the on-rushing striker. With both sides playing some great football, it took another moment of brilliance from just on the edge of the box to make it 3-2 and then within a few minutes it was 4-2. A great game of football played in the right manner and spirit of the game, well done to both teams. 

ACS Cobham v. Buckswood
Farringtons v. Claremont Fan Court
Shrewsbury v. Oswestry


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

All photographs of the Final are courtesy of RWT Photography. These and other photographs of the match and the post-match presentations, along with the match DVD, can be ordered from or by ringing 01733 204445.Se 

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