Worth and Ardingly played out a very entertaining game for the neutral. Both teams had the fair share of possession in the first half. Worth took the lead. Ardingly equalised before Worth scored again to take a 2-1 lead into half time. The second half saw Ardingly come out of the blocks fast to take a 4-2 lead very quickly and gain control of the match. With both teams continuing to attack, and Worth scoring two very good long distance free kicks, the game ended Worth 4-6 Ardingly
It was a well fought game between Nottingham Girls High School and Oundle with both sides creating good chances. The tension grew as we closed nearer to full time until Oundle who had missed an open goal earlier in the game took their chance with about 5 minutes left of the game. Oundle hung on for the last few minutes with Nottingham High hitting the post.
Oxford High School travelled to Bradfield College to play in the first round of the U18s ISFA cup. Both teams began with good passing football, trying to penetrate the oppositions half. There were a number of oppurtunities at both ends, however, neither team could quite find the net until 20 minutes in when Oxford spectacularly headed home a corner to make it 1-0 which was the score going into half time. In the second half, Bradfield came out fighting and were determined to get a goal back. After a number of oppurtunities Oxford sensed a gap in front of them and drove on to make it 2-0. Both teams played with great attitude and it was a really well contested game.
It was a hard fought game between Oundle and Malvern College, in what for many of the girls was their first competitive football match. Both sides hit the crossbar but Oundle managed 2 break away goals in the second half to clinch the win.
In a closely contested quarter final, it was Alleyn’s who opened the scoring before Oxford High School countered to equalise with a goal of their own. With the score 1-1 at half time, what followed was a tense and competitive second half. Oxford High dominated possession but Alleyn’s forward line continued to threaten Oxford High’s goal. Neither school could convert their chances, taking the match to a nerve-wracking extra-time. After some excellent attacking play, Oxford High’s captain delivered a neat cross which was calmly converted by the centre forward, making the score line 2-1 to Oxford High. Oxford High continued to work hard for the remaining minutes of the game before the final whistle blew. Well done to both schools for a brilliant, well contested match.
King’s College, Taunton, were on the front foot from the start of their match at Bradfield and scored three early goals. As the first half progressed, Bradfield worked their way into the game and their goalkeeper was in fine from, including a triple save. However, King’s were 5-0 up at half-time. Bradfield continued to improve in the second half but King’s scored three more times to make the final score 8-0.
The wet and snowy weather fortunately abated but a cold wind persisted. It is difficult for the travelling team as quite often some players are unable to travel, which was the case for Repton in this quarter final with two of their better players being unavailable. However, ACS Cobham were by far the stronger side and quickly took charge of the match scoring inside the first three minutes. Goals followed at regular intervals with several long range strikes giving the Repton keeper no chance as they repeatedly found the top and bottom corners of the net. Even though the match was effectively over by half-time, the Repton girls never gave up and competed to the final whistle, restricting Cobham to two goals in the second half.
Alleyns and ACS Cobham played out a highly competitive match in excellent weather conditions. As the half progressed, and after surviving a couple of awkward moments defensively, Cobham started to look the more dangerous opening the scoring with an angled shot into the far right corner. Cobham pressed for a second goal but Alleyns held firm, marshalled superbly by their centre backs. Alleyns came out strongly in the second half and increased the pressure on Cobham as they searched for an equaliser. Midway through the half it nearly came but the Cobham pulled off the save of the match as she dived full length and parried the ball away.This seemed to inspire Cobham and as the game moved into the final 10 minutes Cobham claimed another goal to go two clear. Shortly afterwards Cobham found the net again to go three up and secure the victory.
Charterhouse started the brighter side and were deservedly ahead after some well worked play down the right hand side. As the game went on Alleyn’s settled into their stride, creating numerous opportunities and a missed penalty. Alleyn’s finally drew level on the stroke of half time. After the break Alleyn’s continued to press forward, and were frustrated by some excellent Charterhouse defending. Alleyn’s managed to pull ahead thanks to some excellent pressing led to a deserved goal. To Charterhouse’s credit they never gave up hope, and were rewarded with an equaliser with 10 minutes to go! However Alleyn’s regained their composure to find a winner and add gloss to the scorline with some goals on the counter attack. Alleyn’s 6-2 Charterhouse
The weather was perfect and the opening exchanges were even and competitive. However, once ACS Cobham found their rhythm they began to dominate possession and opened the scoring midway through the half from a left wing move, which saw a cross turned into goal. ACS soon made it 2-0 from close range. Cobham were always in control in the second half and added further goals. Charterhouse never gave up and played with great spirit to the final whistle,
Ardingly v. ACS Cobham
Ardingly v. Alleyns
Bedes v. Alleyns
Bedes v. Ardingly
Charterhouse v Ardingly
The final fixture for both teams in the ISFA competition was well fought competitive match by both sides. A goal came in the 11th minute from Oakham to break the deadlock, with another goal 5 minutes after. Uppingham replied and took advantage of some miscommunication in the Oakham defence. 2 more goals came for Oakham just before half time. The second half saw some great passing and movement by both sides. Some real battling and grit and determination was demonstrated on all areas of the pitch. Oakham scored again on a break through and a final well placed distance goal took the tally to 6. Well done to all players on a really good game.
Loughborough High started the game very strong, creating lots of chances from the start, and were quick to break the deadlock. They continued to control the game and added to their tally, putting them in a dominant position at half time. Credit to Grammar School at Leeds, as they continued to battle hard for the entire game and eventually got their reward in their second half when they pulled a goal back through some neat attacking play.
The two teams battled hard in the first half but the game remained goalless until the 25 minute mark when Repton grabbed a goal from close range followed by another strike from distance. The second half played out in similar fashion, both teams having chances but neither scoring until the last quarter of an hour. Repton increased their advantage twice before Oakham were able to pull one back to set up an exciting finale. Unfortunately it was too little too late for the visitors and the match finished 4-1.
A fairly even first half saw good chances for both teams, although no one was able to break the deadlock. In the second half Loughborough began to look increasingly dangerous, taking the lead shortly after the restart. Repton pushed on in the chase for an equaliser and Loughborough were able to capitalise on the additional space with two further goals on the counter attack.
Loughborough started strong in the first half with plenty of promising attacks from both sides of the pitch but the Oakham defence were resilient in withstanding the pressure of oncoming attacks and protecting the goal with many fine saves from the Oakham keeper. Towards the end of the first half Loughborough finally broke through with a headed goal from a cross from the right. Oakham had some breakaway chances towards the end of the half but the Loughborough defence held strong. In the second half, Oakham began positively with many attacking plays behind the Loughborough defence, but Loughborough created more chances of their own and eventually converted with a close range shot from another right-side cross. Oakham showed continued determination and broke with a fast attack to pull the score back to 2-1 with less than ten minutes to play. Both sides had chances in the final minutes but the Loughborough defence held firm to finish as 2-1 winners.
A closely fought fixture with some good breaks made by both teams. Oakham broke the deadlock 30 seconds into the second half. A move down the left wing lead to a chip finished from an acute angle into the far corner. Oakham defended well against Welbeck in the dying minutes of the match and held onto the victory.
Repton started quickly and were two goals to the good inside fifteen minutes. Uppingham grew into the game, defending resolutely and threatening on the counter attack before Repton added to their tally on the stroke of half time. After the break the game was much more even, both teams battling hard to secure possession in the centre of the pitch. Repton eventually grabbed a fourth late on to complete the scoring in a hard-fought and competitive fixture.
Welbeck Defence College travelled to Leeds to face new team Grammar School of Leeds. Welbeck’s early pressured told as they quickly took the lead and added six more before half time against the inexperienced Leeds side. To their credit Leeds kept working hard with the occasional opportunity thwarted by the goalkeeper as Welbeck found it harder to score in the second half. However, Welbeck's determination to continue playing until the end resulted in five further goals.
Repton raced to a two goal lead. Welbeck Defence College weathered the early storm and created chances of their own but could not find a way to open their account. Repton added a third before half time and Repton completed thier scoring early in the second period with a well placed lobbed finish.
Welbeck Defence College v. Loughborough High
Millfield School scored six goals in the first half to ensure the 3 point were secured. Yet again this season, St Clare’s, Oxford looked a different team in the second half. They scored early and were much more competitive. Millfield did score twice more before the final whistle.
Headington School scored within the first 5 minutes of this match. The remaining 30 minutes of the first half was evenly matched with no team dominating. The second half was very entertaining. St Clare’s, Oxford looked a completely different team and had a goal correctly disallowed for offsite straight from the kick off. Their passing and pressure resulted in two fine goals. Now it was the turn of the Headington team to play some delightful pass and move football. They fully deserved their equaliser. Both teams played with tremendous spirit for the final 10 minutes.
Malvern started slowly and allowed Headington to go into an early lead after just 5 minutes but this spurred on the Malvern girls and the remainder of the match was very tightly contested. Unfortunately, for Malvern, 5 minutes from time, a very unlucky own goal sealed victory for Headington 2-0. Both sides showed good skills on a slippery and heavy pitch and it was played out in an exemplary fashion in terms of players’ sense of fair play.
Oxford High school made a very bright start to their Cup campaign with an 8 - 1 victory over neighbours St Clare’s, Oxford. The penalty awarded broke the deadlock in the 10 minute for Oxford High and they added two more before the break. St Clare’s made the game interesting by scoring in the first minute of the second half and worked hard to find a second. This effort proved too much for St Clare’s, and tired legs and minds allowed Oxford High to score five more in the final 15 minutes of the game.
Oxford High v. Headington
Oxford High v. King's College, Taunton
Malvern v. Oxford High
Millfield v. King's College, Taunton
Millfield v. Malvern
Forest v. St. Joseph's
UCS v. Forest
Last years runners up, Alleyn’s, where back to take on Oakham in the Smith Construction ISFA U18 Girls Cup. In the opening stages the game looked fairly even with both teams looking to pass the ball and build up play. As the game progressed Alleyn’s looked to press the ball putting pressure on Oakham. This soon paid off as the Alleyn’s striker nicked the ball on the outside the area to smashed it into the top corner and take the lead. From this Alleyn’s confidence grew and they extended their lead just before half time as the striker latched onto a through ball and drove the ball across the keeper into the bottom corner.
The second half started how the first ended with Alleyn’s looking to keep the ball and play their striker in. They soon increase their lead further as the striker got her hattrick. Despite the score line Oakham did not give up and look to drive with the ball. Their effort was soon rewarded as they pulled a goal back from a neat finish inside the area. Alleyn’s quickly restored their three-goal lead after a super strike from the edge of the box is smashed perfectly into the top right corner. Alleyn’s added another goal in the final minutes to secure their victory and be crowded 2018-19 champions.
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