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Fourth Round

Buckswood travelled to play Whitgift and won 3-1. The first half Buckswood played a very nervy game and were under pressure from Whitgift. Whitgift had a couple of good chances that they were unable to convert. Some very good defending from Buckswood ensured that Whitgift had to work hard. Buckswood scored first, which was quickly answered from Whitgift. Overall a very challenging game that couldve gone either way.

Third Round

A closely contested first half with Harrow slightly on top,  Alleyn’s fail to clear the ball twice by giving possession back to Harrow, from this, a Harrow player get’s their head up and chipped the keeper from about 25 yards. This puts Harrow 1-0 up going into half time. During the second half Alleyn’s upped the pressure. Alleyn’s win a freekick down the left hand side and equalise from a great ball from the Alleyn’s midfielder. Alleyn’s maintain the high pressure and with a great bit of skill from Alleyn’s forward, Alleyn’s manage to get in behind and tap one in from inside the 6 yard box, 2-1. Finally a great bit of desire to get the ball down the right and a good cross to assist the Alleyn’s forward who showed great determination to get on the end of the cross with a diving header 3-1.

A super start by Whitgift saw them take the lead after 10mins and then stretch that lead even further to lead 3-0 at HT. A UCS goal reduced the arrears in the second half to send Whitgift through as 3-1 winners.

Manchester Grammar School started the game well and were showing positive signs of playing in the St Bede's half, though were restricted to efforts from range and the Bede’s keeper showed excellent handling. Bede’s broke at pace and looked dangerous. As the second half began 0-0, the game continued to be tight. Five minutes in, a cross from the right was headed home at the back post to put MGS ahead, though Bede’s hit back from close range with twenty minutes to go. MGS were able to pull ahead again when the right midfielder broke free in the box and shot across the keeper and then the striker added a third to put the game beyond doubt late on Aldenham went into the half time break with a 3-0 lead before scoring a 4th in the second half. KCS Wimbledon scored a well deserved goal at the end to see the game finish 4-1. 

Bristol GS came from behind once again in a nail-biting game that could have gone either way. An end-to-end first half saw Winchester College get 2 goals their press deserved and go into half time with the lead. Bristol GS rallied in the second half with an energetic display pulling a goal back quickly thanks to a powerful finish, and then with 10 minutes to go they got the equaliser through some neat build up play and a good back post finish. Bristol continued to apply the pressure and won a corner in the final minutes, which was delivered to the back post and met with a powerful header the ‘keeper had no chance with

Second Round

After a frantic 10 minutes with lots of long balls and end to end football the match settled and Haileybury began to dominate the ball. Failing to put away a number of chances Haileybury allowed Culford back into the game leading to a number of good chances for the home team. Half time 0-0.Haileybury started the second half quicker of the two teams which lead to their striker scoring a quick fire hatrick. Culford kept fighting and had a number of close chances. Haileybury winger managed to finish one more chance ending the game 0-4.

Hampton proved to be too strong for St John’s (Enfield) in todays second round tie. The bigger school dominated from the start, creating a number of chances whilst keeping the opposition at bay. The organised St John’s defended resolutely throughout the game and fought hard until the end, but it was Hampton who progress to the next round.

St Bede’s took lead thanks to interception and shot from distance. That lead was doubled after a cross and headed finish. A sublime strike from the left side of midfield made it three and a further goal gave St Bede’s a four nil half time lead. Grange fought valiantly and started the second half strongly seeing several goal bound efforts blocked well or saved for corners. St  Bede’s added a further two goals to make the final scoreline six nil.

The first half lacked many meaningful events until Kimbolton went down to 10 men. This spurred the home team on and they took the lead before the break. Chigwell  created a number of chances but were unable to capitalise and saw Kimbolton score tree more goals.

Brooke House College started the game stronger and took an early lead. Highgate then responded before Brooke House scored a couple of quick goals before Half-Time (3-1). Highgate started quickly at the beginning of the second half and converted a deserved penalty before Brooke House started to build possession and became ruthless in front of goal scoring three more goals. Highgate School continued to work effortlessly and got a deserved consolation goal at the end (6-3), as Brooke House College progressed into the next round.

A tightly contested match between Alleyn’s and City of London. Alleyn’s went 2 up but City of London fought back well and got the game back to 2-2 with 2 minutes left to play. Alleyn’s got the second wind in extra time managing to score 2 well worked goals and wrap up the game nicely. 4-2AET.

A superb game played between defence and attack with the home team looking to play at every opportunity whilst the visitors wanted to soak up pressure and be direct on the break. A combination of fantastic saves from the St John's Leatherhead GK and poor finishing from Whitgift led to a 1-0 HT lead for Whitgift. The second half followed a similar pattern and with SJL not conceding again this led to a tense final 10mins in which Whitgift held out to progress

Buckswood hosted Bedes. Both teams were competitive and there were many opportunities  at both ends to get the lead. However it was Buckswood that got the first goal, after a quick counter attack in the first half and some good play along the 18 yard box leading to a shot that sailed in to the goal. The teams continued to fight for the game and many missed opportunities came and went, including a penalty for Buckswood, which the Bedes goalkeeper did well to save. The game finished as a 1 - 0 win to Buckswood.

The match started very evenly with both sides attempting to maintain possession and force the opponent onto the back foot. Manchester Grammar School broke the deadlock with a curling finish from outside the box, set up by a good square ball from the left. A flowing move brought a tap-in for the second. MGS began to gain a bit more of the ball and managed to add two more through progressive passing in the final third, before Merchant Taylors, Crosby pulled one back. MGS answered with a finish from a corner and a break with a right-foot strike from the number 9.

Harrow started this second round cup tie with great intensity and really grabbed the initiative thanks to the strong running of their front pair  – each grabbing a goal in the opening 10 minutes. The Harrow Midfield was working extremely hard to keep the pressure on Princethorpe and this caused Harrow to take a commanding 5-0 lead into half-time. Three further goals for Harrow in the second period, at a slightly more leisurely pace left Harrow the victors despite some relentless defensive work from the Princethorpe side

First Round

Ryde made the journey to play in a challenging game. Both sides fought well in the first half and work hard in both attack and defence on wet afternoon. Claremont Fan Court worked tirelessly in the second half to win convincingly and they progress to the next round.

Haileybury started fast creating multiple chances before finding the top corner. The pace of the game then settled and Wellington started to grow into the game, until a superb run saw Haileybury midfielder beat a number of Wellington defenders and go around the Wellington keeper to make it 2-0. Halftime. The second half started brightly for both teams resulting in both keepers having to make some smart saves. Before a long range effort took a deflection and sat up nicely for a haileybury tap in making it 3-0. Haileybury goals 4 & 5 both came from set plays. Final score Haileybury 5 Wellington 0.

After a cagey opening first 10 minutes St Bede’s opened the scoring after a swift counter attack down the right. St Bede’s were 4 up after 28 minutes, before a neat move and shot from Rossall made it 4-1 before the break. Rossall came out quick in 2nd half and made it 4-2, a composed finish from Bede’s stretched it to 5-2 before a reply with 10 minutes to go made it the final result of 5-3. A good game by two determined teams.

Kimbolton opened the scoring from a corner against Thorpe House. The game was equally poised until the second half when Kimbolton doubled the lead. Kimbolton's third also came from a corner, and the scoring was completed by a fine strike from outside the box.

Marlborough hosted Bryanston on a glorious afternoon in Wiltshire for what would be a thoroughly entertaining game of football. Both teams started brightly but it was Marlborough who broke the deadlock first with a well worked goal. The first goal initiated a period of dominance were Marlborough went close a number of times but were only able to find the net once more. With the deficit doubled, Bryanston enjoyed their own period of dominance prior to the half time and went in at the break only trailing by one having capitalised on a defensive error. The second half started as brightly as the first and Marlborough were able to convert an indirect freekick in the box before Bryanston again cut the deficit to one goal with a superb individual goal from the midfield. With ten to go Marlborough made it 4-2 and saw out a superb contest.

It was an entertaining first half during which both teams enjoyed the lead at times. However either side of the half Bristol showed their dominance and scored some well worked goals to open a comfortable lead. Milton Abbey fought hard to try and get back into the game but Bristol’s defence held firm to ensure a deserved 5-2 win. A lovely afternoon was had by all and the match was played in a great spirit.

A good performance from the whole squad saw King’s College Wimbledon progress to the next round. Haberdashers played some good football, hitting back with two good goals of their own, but King’s College Wimbledon were clinical in the final third. Scoring 3 goals sealing a narrow win against an organised Haberdashers team. Haberdashers were excellent hosts and dignified in defeat

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