The ISFA U16 Small Schools Shield Final saw The Priory School, Edgbaston, take on Chigwell School, Essex, at the prestige National Football Centre, St George’s Park. 

Both teams took a while to settle into the game and let their nerves get to them resulting in some frantic decisions in the opening stages. However, as the half progressed both teams started to play their game, building up combination play looking to pass the ball through the thirds. It was Priory who broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when Tate Campbell superbly whipped in a left footed strike into the top corner from 25 yards after a powerful run. Chigwell reacted and were unlucky not to pull level when Sam Blackshaw’s effort from outside the box was finely saved by the Priory goalkeeper, Gabriel Basrami. Priory doubled their lead just before half time when Luke Caveney scored from close range after getting on the end of Campbell’s low driven cross.

In the second half Priory’s confidence was high and Nicholas Kinina soon advanced their score line after some excellent build up play. Chigwell fought to get back into the game but, although they displayed some excellent play in possession, they failed to capitalise on their attacks. Priory added a fourth goal after a driving run from Campbell was smartly finished by Louis Durkin on the edge of the box. Priory now started to dominate the game and were rewarded with one more goal through Campbell after fine build up play and a cut back from Luke Caveney.

Priory: G.Bajrami, I.Butt, T.Ricketts, J.Donaghue, N.Kinina, T.Oyanda, W.Ludlow, T.Campbell, L.Durkin, S.Whyte-Hall, L.Caveney, H.Din, M.Gaynor, J.Sinclar, T.Bishay

Chigwell: A.Sinha, J.Ahern, H.Allen, D.Tunks, B.Chillingworth, J.Williams, Z.Chaudhary, O.Betts, A.Pawar, S.Blackshaw, S.Adekola, T.Stolar, J.Marcelis, I.Oyewole, J.Sawdon, T.Erkaslan

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Chigwell went out and dominated early possesion. In the first half there were very few clear cut chances but the game did entertain. In the second half Bedales continued to frustrate Chigwell and carved a few chances of their own. It culminated with a superb free kick from Mackillop-Hall saved from creeping in the top corner. Although greater possession it took until the 60min for Chigwell to find a break through Blackshaw struck the woodwork and the chance fell to Pawar to put in from 10 yards. The second quickly followed as Oyewole poached on an golden opportunity. Into added time and a long freekick was poorly misjudged and Bedales had their goal. The whistle blew no more than 30seconds later and Chigwell secured a meeting with Priory in the final at St Georges park.

Priory advanced to the Small Schools final with a fine victory over St Bede's College. The first 20 minutes of the fixture were extremely close and competitive. St Bede’s threatened and were unlucky not to score early with a fine counter attack. Priory managed to assert their control on the game with some good midfield play from Campbell, Kinina and Oyanda. This resulted in three goals in the half from Durkin and Whyte-Hall. The second half continued in the same fashion, with St Bede’s always threatening on the counter attack resulting in two good goals to get them back into the game. However, further goals from Durkin, Oyanda, Campbell, Ludlow and Whyte-Hall sealed the game and Priory's place at St Georges Park.


In an extremely even affair, Priory triumphed thanks to two late goals in the second half. Both teams threatened in the first half and had periods of domination but both goalkeepers were unbeaten. In the second half, Brooke House were dangerous on the break as Priory dominated territory. A quick thinking throw-in proved the difference, catching the Brooke House defence unaware with Campbell finishing well. Bellingham completed the scoring but full credit to Brooke House who continued to look dangerous until the final whistle.

St Bede's came through a tricky tie against Bootham School to reach the Semi-finals. St Bede's started brightly knocking the ball about well, while also mixing the play up with some direct passing when required. Bede's broke the deadlock midway through the first half when great work by Mingoes down the right opened the Bootham defence and his cross was met by Ainscough. Bootham began the second half the stronger side and when Bede's failed to deal with a long ball they were rewarded with an equaliser. This only spurred St Bede's on. Bede's took the lead again soon after when Noble, making his debut for the team, made a nuisance of himself in the box and the ball fell to Adams who's shot was deflected into the bottom corner. In the final few minutes Bede's sealed the victory as Freeman broke through several Bootham challenges before slotting the ball through to Ainscough who calmly slotted the ball past the onrushing 'keeper to score his 5th goal of the competition.

A pulsating match that Ibstock Place refused to let go of. Bedales extended their 2-0 half-time lead to 3 midway through the second half. With only minutes of fulltime remaining Ibstock pulled off a remarkable come back to take the game to extra-time. Again Bedales took the lead only for Ibstock to immediately bounce back yet again. Eventually, a 20 yard curling free kick from 4 goal hero Kyle Mackillop-Hall sealed the win for Bedales.

The early chances fell to Chigwell with King Edward, Witley's goalkeeper making a great save in the sixth minute. Chigwell finally got the breakthrough. A great finish to a move that saw Chigwell switch the ball with Pawar slotted home from close range. King Edwards rallied and put together the best passing move of the game but couldn’t capitalise. In the latter stages of the first half King Edwards dominate possession. In the second half both sides stepped up, trying to dominate possession and move the ball. Chigwell went close on several occasions and it was Ahern who finished superbly to extend their lead. The game became stretched as King Edward pushed forward, but Chigwell scored another to secure the victory.


Kimbolton started well in their match at King Edward's, Witley, and took a deserved early lead before King Edward's began to find their rhythm. In an excellent and entertainment match both teams had chances and tried to pass the ball. It wasn't until the second half that King Edward's found an equaliser to take the game into extra-time. The momentum was now with King Edward's who scored the winning goal with only three minutes of extra-time left.

Bootham progressed after a hard fought win against Moorland. Moorland dominated the possession and had more chances but found it hard to break down a resolute Bootham defence. Adam Sullivan scored early on for Bootham with Eddie Monkman scoring the decisive second in the 60th minute. Moorland got one back with ten minutes to go but Bootham hung on for the victory.

Brooke House dominate the game right from the off against St. John's, Enfield, but it took until 5 minutes before half-time before they finally opened the scoring.  The second half saw much of the same Brooke House dominating possession and moving the ball quickly creating more chances. With 25 minutes left quick movement from the striker allowed him to move in behind the back four and cut the ball back to make the game 2-0. From then on Brooke House looked hungry for more with their left winger cutting in and putting it in the far corner and then repeat the trick 3 minutes to complete his hat trick and making the game 4-0.  Two further goals in the last 5 minutes completed a 6-0 win for Brooke House.

Ibstock Place raced into a 3-0 lead at St. John's, Southsea, within the first 15 minutes.  St John’s rallied and pulled a goal back and the score remained 3-1 until midway through the second half but two good finishes enabled Ibstock to run out 6-1 winners.  The scorers for Ibstock were Hodgson, Tyler, Schusser, Searle (2) and an own goal, while St. John's goal came from their their captain, Main.

Bedales took an early 2 goal lead against Frensham Heights through Joe Sieghart and Sam Wheeler and the game settled down to be a very balanced affair. A further 2 goals for Bedales in the second half secured the result but Frensham grabbed a well deserved goal from Joe Rigger in the closing moments.

St Bede's started the brighter team with Gomez hitting the post, however, it was Oldham Hulme who took the lead. Shortly after St Bede's found themselves 2-0 down. El'Circy converted a penalty to bring St Bede's back into the match before half time. St Bede's were the better side in the second half and soon level when Ainscough fired a rocket from 25 yards. Ainscough shortly scored his second to give Bede's the lead. As the half wore on St Bede' lost some of their intensity and Oldham took advantage to draw the game level. Oldham dominated most of extra-time, the St.m Bede’s goalkeeper made a number of good saves to keep them in the match. Mongan, Dando and Gomez all scored their spot kicks, while Alfie saved the opening two Oldham penalties to put St. Bede’s through. 

Hall School, Wimbledon v. Chigwell
Leighton Park v. Priory 


A well contested first half saw a workmanlike performance from King Alfred contain King Edward's, Witley to a 2-0 lead at half time. King Edward's were made to work hard in the second half but an excellent team display and individual skills from Osodi, who scored four, ensured a comfortable win for King Edward's Witley.

In a physical encounter Chigwell had the better of the first half going into the break 1-0 up. Harrodian rallied and improved significantly in the second half and made a game of it. After equalising the goals continued to flow as the game opened up but Chigwell finished more clinically and took advantage of some poor defending to run out 4-2 winners. 

Moorland ran out comfortable winners against Westholme. A fine headed brace from Branch was added to by a delightful solo goal from Squires, and an instinctive finish from Contractor to complete the scoring. The Westholme goalkeeper pulled of some fantastic saves to prevent the score line being any higher. 

St Bede’s College were slow to get going and Abbeygate took a two-nil lead. After a re-shuffle St. Bede’s started to settle. Some neat play between Gomez and Mongan, for St. Bede’s, sent Ainscough through on goal and the comeback was on. Ainscough came close to doubling his tally but it was Grady who grabbed the equaliser just before half time. St. Bede’s started the second half strong dominating possession. Agu gave Bede's the lead with a neat finish from just outside the area, before Gomez finished of a passing move. St. Bede’s added another through El Circy. Abbeygate manage to pull one goal back in the later stages to narrow the deficit.  

St John's, Enfield took an early lead against Thorpe House through Fagbohunka. They doubled their lead when Jonscher scored a free kick that sailed over the keeper. Jonscher soon doubled his goal tally and made it three going into half time. In the second half, Thorpe House came out fighting and pulled a goal back. However, St. John’s did not let this put them off and they scored another two goals through Cohen and Fagbohunka. Thorpe House got a consolation goal through a very well worked free kick. 

Farringtons started out on the front foot putting on some early pressure with a string of corners. However, Frensham held firm with some solid defending and some good saves from Palmer. Frensham took the lead after half an hour when Rigg and King worked the ball down the left into Heaney who was there to finish. Early in the second half Frensham were awarded a penalty and Phillips calmly converted. Frensham scored a third through Rigg. Farringtons pulled a goal back late on but Frensham finished off a resilient 3-1 win. 

Hall School v Radnor House was the epitome of a game of two halves. Having taken an early lead, Hall were unable to find the second due to some stern defending, before a loose back pass beat the hall goalkeeper heading straight into the empty net giving Radnor their equaliser. Hall were on the front foot throughout the second half, eventually breaking the Radnor defence to finish the match with a flurry of goals.

Dover College v. Bedales was a highly entertaining end to end game, with both teams creating opportunities and capitalising. After a goal fest in the first half Bedales went into the break 5-2 up. In the second half Bedales came out fighting and the comeback looked to be on as Dover College slotted one home to narrow the deficit. However, Bedales eventually pulled away scoring a further three goals to secure a well-earned victory.

Bootham v. Newcastle Sch. for Boys
Oldham Hulme v. Oswestry
St. James Senior Boys v. Ibstock Place
Twycross House v. Kimbolton


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