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THIRD ROUND - HARROW PROGRESS ON PENALTIES

The first half was a tough, well-contested affair with Alleyn’s putting Harrow on the back foot with some neat passing play in midfield. Harrow’s defence held strong and Ed Lewis was a colossus at centre back. Harrow grew into the game in the second half, but neither team were able to get shots on goal. The game came alive in the second half of extra time. Toby Gould’s free kick was tipped onto the bar by the Alleyn’s keeper and Thomas Walduck smashed in the rebound. Harrow’s concentration was lacking, however, and Alleyn’s struck back within minutes with a finish from a tight angle. The match went to penalties and Max Little saved the first two Alleyn’s penalties before the third was fired over. Christian Boland, Walduck and Gould scored Harrow’s penalties to win the game.

Oswestry came out of the blocks quickly in the 1st half. Ben Clark went through 1v1 within the first 5 minutes only for an excellent save by the Stockport keeper. Lloyd Evans reacted quickest to the loose ball however to slot home. The hosts had most of their joy down the left-hand side with Tai Jones able to cut inside and fire home to make it 2-0. Oswestry retained the ball well and were patient in their build up against an organised Stockport side. Eventually gaps began to appear and Tai Jones added his 2nd with a finish low to the keepers left. Lloyd Evans also completed his brace just before half-time with a cool finish. Stockport played well in the 2nd half, went direct and put pressure on the Oswestry defence. They got their reward with a goal from a set piece mid-way through the 2nd half. The game became quite scrappy and chances were on offer for both teams. The game finishing 4-1 to the hosts, Oswestry. 

Within the first minute of the game, Ardingly opened the scoring after Alfie Baldock chased down what seemed to be a lost cause and played a low cross into Mickey Watt who scored with a first-time finish. Trinity then worked to prevent another goal and were successful until George Griffiths scored Ardingly's second before half time. The first ten minutes of the second half were very important, but Ardingly remained defensively strong. As the game progressed and Trinity pushed more players forward to try to find a goal, Ardingly were able to expose defensive shortages: Mickey Watt scored his second, Alfie Baldock added to his assist with a fine goal, Alex Nanni received a reward for his hard work all match with a dribble around the keeper and a slotted finish and Jarryd Richardson, having already hit the bar twice, found the net with a long-range effort in the last kick of the game.

The first half saw very little goal mouth action as both Charterhouse and Bede’s probed without breaking down the opposition defence and the game was goalless at half time. Midway through the second half Bede’s had the best chance of the match after a through ball left the centre forward one on one with the goalkeeper, Austin Wilman between the sticks for Charterhouse made a great save and that proved to be the turning point in the match. Five minutes later a goalmouth scramble ended with the ball in the Bede’s net and the deadlock was broken.  With Bede’s pushing for an equaliser, Charterhouse scored again with Alex Ford striking into the bottom left hand corner from 20 yards to wrap up the victory.

Although their visitors from West London, Latymer Upper School, opened the scoring, Queen Ethelburga's, following a devastating burst of three goals during the first 15 minutes of the second half, ran out worthy 6-2 winners. At times, the football played by their young side was fluent, fast and impressively accurate. Latymer were physically more threatening, but they couldn't cope with the technical accuracy of an impressive midfield hub and the rotation employed by an extremely mobile front line. Defensively, they held firm too, as Latymer pressed hard during the final third of the game winning a number of corners and free-kicks.

It was a real battle from start to finish between University College School and City of London. City dominated early proceedings and deserved the early lead. UCS though grew into the game and scored two in quick succession before the break. City once again threatened at the start of the second half though a mistake at the back meant UCS extended their lead. City rallied and found two goals to take things to extra time. City’s fourth came and the game looked to be over but a last minute equaliser took things to penalties. UCS were the more composed and progressed through to the next round.

Shrewsbury beat Forest 3-1 in what was a very competitive and entertaining game. Shrewsbury took the lead after a defensive mix up before Forest equalised with an excellent run and finish by Leonard Pulevic. Shrewsbury took control of the game just before half time after a superb cross and finish capitalising on a slip by the Forest midfielder. Shrewsbury added to their lead with another pinpoint cross and finish and held on to win the game 3-1.

Royal Russell started strong despite Brentwood having most of the possession in the first 5-10 minutes. A clearance lead to Ada O who beat his man before passing to Josh N who came inside to shoot which took a huge deflection, 1-0. Royal Russell were now in the driving seat moving the ball well, which led to the 2-0 with a nonchalant finish by Rylan J. Brentwood gained one back with a superb finish from their left winger driving the ball low into the near corner. 3-1 and 4-1 before half-time after some creative football being played by Royal Russell. The second half had less tempo and the game finished 6-2.

Repton overcame a well-organised and spirited Tonbridge side with two goals in each half. Tonbridge started brightly but could not turn early pressure into clear-cut chances. However, when Repton came into the game they were clinical with strikes from Tom Buffin and Eno Nto. The second half saw Repton gradually take control as a wonderful third goal saw Nto link with Buffin for the latter grab his second of the game. With ten minutes left Repton scored a fourth as another swift attacking move ended with a Jacob Raine goal. Tonbridge kept working hard to the end and can consider themselves unfortunate to be on the wrong end of a 4-0 score line.

Hampton started well and were able to create some good early opportunities. The breakthrough came from a swift move down the left from Louis R who cut the ball back for Harry S to strike firmly into the Bradfield goal to open the scoring after 15 minutes. This seemed to spur Bradfield on to find their game and were able to respond with some good possession. Bradfield’s patient play was rewarded with an equaliser after a well worked move. The second half had a similar feel with both teams having chances. The introduction of Shaun J and James H-Y for Hampton had an immediate impact, as they both combined to put Hampton ahead. As Bradfield pushed for the equaliser Hampton capitalised on a counter attack to make it 3-1. Bradfield piled the pressure on pulling a goal back resulting in a tense final few minutes.

A tough test in Manchester for Brooke House First Team eventually saw them run out 5-3 winners against Manchester GS, progressing to the next round of the Boodles ISFA Cup. The first half saw a very dominant display from Brooke House, controlling possession of the ball and creating lots of chances. The breakthrough came late in the half with Paolo heading in from close range. The second half came to life early on when Daksh picked up the ball on the left-hand side, cut inside and fired a low shot into the bottom left corner to double Brooke House’s lead. Two penalties then drew the game level before a long ball caught out the Brooke House defence and was put in the back of the net by the home side. A third penalty of the game was awarded in the third minute of added time, Doku beat the keeper from the spot to take the game into extra time. A much more controlled performance by Brooke House in extra time, with a goal in each half from Araphat and Monzon sent the away team into the next round. A hard-fought win for the first team but another dominant display nonetheless.

Two evenly matched teams played out a good game in York on Wednesday afternoon. The game was heading for a goal-less first half before Highgate scored with three minutes to go. Both teams created enough chances to win the game in the second half however Highgate got the important second goal before Joel Gallagher-Coates scored for Bootham with four minutes remaining, Highgate managed to hang on during the remaining minutes to go into the next round.

NO REPORT SUBMITTED:
Dulwich v Winchester 
Ibstock Place v Bolton
Kimbolton v King Edward's, Witley
Millfield v Eton

SECOND ROUND

The first half an hour passed without much action for either Ardingly or Sherborne, but after a short injury stoppage, Ardingly broke the deadlock with a precise finish from the captain Alex Nanni. Ardingly pressed immediately from the Sherborne kick off and a mazy run from Nanni, who set up Jarryd Richardson, gave Ardingly a two-goal lead. At the brink of half time, Jerome Gore made a pacey overlap and found Alfie Baldock's right foot, which placed the ball beyond the keeper's reach. The second half began in the same way the first had ended. Nanni scored his second from a very acute angle, before winning and converting a penalty to complete his hat-trick. However, Sherborne continued to work hard and maintained a hold on the game despite the score line and finished a well-worked move with a tap in at the back post to claw a goal back, finishing the game 5-1.

2-0 up at the break, Tonbridge where strong favourites to win the game, but a valiant comeback by a young Lancing College side saw the deficit reduced when Elian Carniel finished expertly from the edge of the area. With the match in the balance, Tonbridge’s two goal lead was restored with a fantastic free kick from Kieran Bailey. Both teams pressed on, but Tonbridge killed the game off with two late strikes from Bailey and Baker.

Oswestry started brightly putting 4 goals passed St Bede's College in an open first half with a brace from Lewis Rees and goals apiece for Tai Jones and Lloyd Evans. Bede's competed well in the 2nd half and kept the hosts at bay for a large part of the half. Jones added two more to complete his hat-trick including a fabulous curling strike from 30 yards. Final score Oswestry 6-0 St Bede's.   

RGS Newcastle started fast as the home side and took a deserved lead midway through the first half with a well worked goal. Alleyn's gradually got a foothold in the game and levelled just before half time through Ross Turnill.  It was Turnill who rose highest to head home from a corner early in the second half. The game then became rather disjointed and could have gone either way before Turnill broke away and squared for Arbuckle to slot home securing a 3-1 win for Alleyns’s.  

Manchester GS got off to a great start when Archer netted from a corner within the first few minutes to put the visitors ahead. MGS controlled most of the play for the rest of the half and after a good move Archer was put through and was uphelded by the KCS Wimbledon keeper. Shenton slotted home the resulting penalty to put MGS 2-0 ahead. KCS battled back and were nearly rewarded when from a quickly taken throw in the KCS forward got in a shot which brought a good save from Zambelli. In the second half KCS battled well and put the MGS defence under more pressure without really troubling the visiting keeper. KCS were rewarded when a cross from the right was slotted home at the far post to pull KCS back into the game. MGS responded within two minute when Howard whipped in a great free kick and Archer was there to bundle the ball home to restore the two goal advantage. KCS continued to battle to the end without creating anymore clear chances to leave the final score KCS 1- MGS 3.

The John Lyon School Playing Fields played host to an entertaining fixture between the John Lyon School and Bootham School. Although John Lyon enjoyed a large amount of possession, Bootham School’s clinical finishing in front of goal proved decisive as they held out to win 4-3 to proceed into the next round.

A battling performance by Bolton against the ISFA newcomers College of the Holy Child. 0-0 at the break but it was Josh Bowers who opened the scoring from a free-kick on the edge of the box. Holy Child equalised from the spot after a Bolton defender appeared to handle inside the box. With ten minutes to go Bolton scored twice to take the game with Bowers scoring his second before James Larkin popped up with a late third.

2018 Boodles runners-up Repton overcame a spirited Buckswood side making their Cup debut. A scrappy first 20 mins saw both sides create little more than half chances before Tom Buffin profited from a defensive error to fire Repton into the lead. Elijah Sawyers made it 2-0 with a crashing drive before half-time. Repton stepped on the pressure on the second half as Buffin released Eno Nto who raced clear before producing a deft finish. Oli Hickman added a fourth from a corner before Buckswood ticked away a penalty to reduce the deficit to 4-1. Tom Buffin added a little more gloss to the score line with his second ten minutes from time.

Forest started the brighter of the two teams and went into half time with a 2-0 lead thanks to two goals from Sam Miller. King’s, Chester responded after half time and got back to 2-2 with two well taken goals.  Forest quickly regained control of the game with another excellent finish from Sam Miller to complete his hat-trick.  King’s, Chester pressed in the last 10 minutes but Forest held on to go through.

City of London dominated early proceedings and goals from Marco Lautier (2), Derry Duffy (2), Tristian Peroy and George Warren made it 6-0 at half time. The second half was a much more even affair and as Bournemouth Collegiate looked to push for a goal, Marco completed his hatrick and Max Rigby completed the scoring.

Ibstock Pleace dominated the early encounters and took a 2-0 lead into half-time courtesy of goals from Hodgson and King. After going 3-0 after a cool finish by Jones. It looked like Ibstock place would run away with the match, however, Wolverhampton GS came back like a steam train with a rasping shot from 35 yards. This reignited the game, and Wolverhampton through everything at the Ibstock place goal but Hoyle remained strong with some fine saves.

Birkdale took the lead after 10mins but then Latymer Upper reponded with 3 goals from high balls into the box before half-time. As the game progressed Latymer Upper`s greater height and strength began to show and they sealed the victory.

Hampton started the match strongly and almost scored in the first minute but for a good recovery save from the King’s keeper. Both Hampton and King’s School Worcester had some good spells of possession. The breakthrough came after a sharp free-kick from Stathis who found Lucas at the back post who finished well. Hampton now had the momentum and managed to make it count by scoring twice in quick succession Noah H finished off a good move and Harry S started and finished a determined spell to make it 3-0 to Hampton at half time. In the second half King’s started brightly and Hampton had to with stand a period of pressure before Tim S scored the fourth with a secure finish having just come on.

A keenly contested cup tie saw Shrewsbury secure a safe passage into round three against a resolute St Edmund's team who gave a good account of themselves. Skipper Toby Pegge gave the visitors a 12th minute lead with further goals added by Dan Humes and George Faulkner in the 17th and 24th minute.  Humes added his second to give Shrewsbury a 4-0 cushion at the break.  The hosts started the second half brightly and were not going down without a battle.  Shrewsbury had the lion share of possession though and crafted 2 more goals from George Faulkner and Finn Sansom.

Westminster started the brighter of the two teams and took the lead early. More pressure on the Dulwich College goal resulted in some good saves from the Dulwich keeper. Dulwich then found a foothold back into the game and the game levelled out. However, just before half time Westminster doubled their lead with a stunning 25-yard strike. In the second half Westminster started strong again, increasing their lead to 3-0. Dulwich fought back into the game and quickly made it 3-1. Dulwich continued to press and where rewarded with two more goals to level the game in the remaining minutes and take the game to extra time. In extra time Westminster once again took the lead, but a resilient Dulwich responded and brought the game back to 4-4. The lottery of penalties eventually decided the outcome with Dulwich winning 6-5.

Bede’s started on the front foot and took an early two goal lead, although Berkhamstead were always a threat and after some sloppy defending scored two quick goals to rock the Bede’s team.  After half time Bede’s started strong and should have scored a number goals but were denied by the excellent Berkhamstead keeper, until Bede’s scored a scrappy third goal.  Berkhamstead picked themselves up and after a chance was cleared of the line by Bede’s defender they equalized to set up a nervy finish, Bede’s missed several more chances before scoring from the last kick off the game via the penalty spot.

Grange made the journey to Eton on a fantastic sunny day. The game started brightly but a mistake dealing with a cross gave Eton an early lead. Grange had a great early chance but the ball hit the post. After the break Aziamale immediately made a difference, getting the first of his hatrick. Goal from Chiana and Obichere seal the match for Eton.

Stockport GS beat a determined Canford side to make the third round of the cup for the first time in five years. Dillon Roberts put Stockport ahead with an early strike but Canford equalised midway through the first half with a stunning long range shot. Stockport dominated territorially and eventually regained the lead with a Jake Wyatt-Thomas header before a late penalty from Roberts sealed the win.

The opening stages of the game were physical and evenly matched, with the game being played at a high pace and both teams looking to get the ball forward quickly. Harrow broke the deadlock midway through the first half through Christian Boland, who slotted home from twelve yards out after a cute through ball from Toby Gould. Grammar School at Leeds threatened at corners late in the half and Harrow went in at half time with a slender lead. Christian Boland completed his hat-trick early in the second half. First, Harrison Obatoyinbo’s excellent pressing play released Boland to strike with a right-footed volley and then Boland made it three with a first time finish from close range. Thomas Walduck added Harrow’s fourth goal with a sweet volley from a corner kick before Ben Harrison finished superbly with a chip over the onrushing goalkeeper after being put through.

After a long journey to Cornwall, Bradfield began the defence of their ISFA cup with an impressive win over Truro school. In a closely fought first half, Bradfield eventually took the lead through captain Joel Valentin. Left back Sam Haynes doubled the lead before Billy Bolt added another on the stroke of half time. Despite some tireless defending, Truro’s resolve was broken in a devastating 10 minute Bradfield spell after half time where Bolt again was joined on the scoresheet by Tom-Eric Mullikas and Will Bray. A more even period followed until Bray, and Bolt - sealing his hat trick, rounded off the Bradfield victory.

The hosts, Kimbolton, started brightly in the difficult conditions, creating an early chance from a well-worked free-kick. Aldenham began to get in to the game as the half went on, although Kimbolton continued to create clear chances that they failed to convert. George Jessup, in the Kimbolton goal, made a sharp penalty save before Lewis Meakin took his chance, finishing neatly after the Aldenham keeper had made a good initial save. The second half saw Aldenham dominate more territory, with Kimbolton fearing they may rue the spurned opportunities of the first half. Mid-way through the half, Harry Darnell broke from midfield and skilfully rounded the keeper to make it two-nil. Aldenham continued to press and eventually bundled the ball home, deep into added time, resulting in a two-one win for Kimbolton.

Chigwell school hosted University College School (UCS). Both sides started the game well. Chigwell slowly started to control the game through Farrant. UCS defended well and looked extremely dangerous on the break. In the 39th minute Chigwell conceded a corner; a brilliant delivery caused a mistake from the goalkeeper and UCS led at the break. In the second half Chigwell pressed on but failed to break the stubborn rear guard of UCS. 

NO REPORT SUBMITTED:
Bedford Modern v. Trinity
Brentwood v. Kingston GS 
Cheadle Hulme v. Millfield
Harrodian v. Winchester 
Highgate v. Sevenoaks
King Edward's, Witley v. St. John's, Leatherhead 
Oldham Hulme v. Queen Ethelburga's College
Whitgift v. Charterhouse 

FIRST ROUND

In a strongly delayed match, Canford emerged victorious after two superb goals from set pieces. Wellington started on the front foot, looking sharp in their combination play and managing to get into good crossing positions, especially down the right flank. Canford fought their way into the match, though, and created a series threatening chances, which eventually culminated in the opening goal, scored clinically by Joe Hollywood. Canford remained in the ascendancy well into the second half when Nick Broad’s superb free kick saw them double their lead. Though Wellington pressed for a goal, Canford’s defence held firm. 

A terrific tussle was eventually decided by an Aaron Linney goal for Stockport GS with just 2 minutes remaining. Stockport had raced into a three goal lead in the opening ten minutes with a long range Dillon Roberts strike and a brace from defender Will Merrifield from corner kicks. After the fast start the game evened out but Stockport looked home and hosed when Roberts scored again early in the second half. However, Bury GS then won a penalty and totally dominated as their front three caused all kinds of problems and incredibly pulled it back to 4-4. Both teams pressed for the winner but it fell to Stockport to end a tumultuous cup tie.

Windy conditions made it hard for both teams to play any football. Oswestry scored first through Ugo Ekwueme's lob and made it two just before half-time when the ball went out wide and was played across the 6-yard box for Chun wong to score. Playing against the wind in the second half Oswestry dealt with the conditions well and Tai Jones managed to score two goals on the break with Moorland trying to push for a way back into the game. Final score Oswestry 4-1 Moorland.  

Goals from Seb Thorpe, Tiwa Ajay-Obi and a screamer from Alfie Velasco put Trinity 3-1 up at half time against ACS Cobham. Cobham pulled a goal back early in the second half but Trinity hit home two more to run out comfortable winners. 

In the first half, it was RGS Guildford that controlled possession but it was Kingston GS that were the most dangerous on the break, taking the lead with a superb strike from distance.  RGS then equalised with another excellent strike before KGS took the lead at half-time after a free kick was well saved.  In the 2nd half, RGS created several chances but KGS were again clinical, taking the lead from the penalty.  RGS missed two penalties in the 2nd half before pulling one back...only for KGS to counter straight up the other end and score from distance.  It was a really enjoy first round tie, played in good spirits on the pitch.

LVS Ascot had some early chances but were unable to convert them. King’s School Worcester then took control of the game and eventually after several near misses scored a scrappy goal. Just before the end of the first half King’s goalkeeper made a good save to end the first half with a 1-0 advantage to the home side, King’s. In the second half an early goal gave King’s some breathing space and then run out 5-0 winners. All 5 goals were scored by A. Lowe.

Boxhill started bright pinning in the home team, Bournemouth Collegiate School (BCS) and pressing high, but BCS were the first to score after a shot from Paul Gmell was tapped in by Anthony Wong. The second goal came from a superbly struck freekick that was well saved but Sam Strongman tucked in the rebound. Gmell added a third from the penalty spot after being brought down himself. Boxhill started well after the restart but BCS scored early after a pinpoint freekick was volleyed home by Yigal Bruk. The final goal came from Ben Samuel after having his header saved, the defender volleyed the rebound into the top corner. Boxhill pressed well for the entire game but could not capitalise.

Whitgift and Haberdashers’ Askes’ looked to be evenly matched during the opening stages. However, after 20 minutes Whitgift snatched the lead from some courageous play from Biereth. The visitors, Whitgift, then got on top and added further goals through Theophilou and an OG. The second half ended even with Habadashers’ Askes’ pulling one back before Moore scored late on to send Whitgift through.

Newcastle's School for Boys goalkeeper was twice called upon to repel clear cut chances which Bootham's steady pressure generated during a goalless first half. After the break, Bootham's continuing pressure was soon rewarded with two quick goals. A lucky break for Newcastle renewed confidence and determination in their ranks; an equalising goal clearly rocked the hosts and it was slightly against the run of play that a third Bootham goal settled nerves. A superb volley stretched Bootham's lead further, only for Newcastle to get another one back via a fine header. Bootham held firm for a well deserved win and a second half goal fest.

NO REPORT SUBMITTED:
Bristol GS v. Sherborne
Brooke House v. Twycross House
Cheadle Hulme v. Merchant Taylors, Crosby
College of the Holy Child v. Lingfield College
KCS Wimbledon v. Brighton College
Norwich v. Bedford
 

2017-18 FINAL: BRADFIELD COLLEGE VICTORIOUS 

Bradfield College claimed the Boodles ISFA Cup for the first time in their history, after a deserved win over Repton in a match refereed by Premier League official, Martin Atkinson.

Bradfield started the game brightly and were quickly rewarded when Ethan Yeung completed a smart turn on the edge of the box and slotted home what can only be described as a wonder goal.  Repton responded and came close to equalising when Killington charged down to block McCallion’s attempted clearance, but the Bradfield goalkeeper reacted well to claim the loose ball. As the first half progressed Bradfield looked to dominate the game, passing the ball through the thirds, maintaining possession, resulting in them advancing their lead when Mulikas converted from close range. Repton created opportunities to pull the game back before half time but failed to capitalise.

Repton came out fighting in the second half, pulling a goal back within minutes. A deep cross caused problems in the Bradfield defence and as the ball was headed back across goal, Raine headed home. Repton continued to maintain their tempo and push for an equaliser but were denied after Beuchler, Bradfield’s second goalkeeper, pulled off two great saves. Bradfield soon settled and restored their two-goal lead when Hodgkinson finished smartly after some excellent work in the box. Repton fought to the end but Bradfield calmly maintained possession to see out the remaining minutes and seal the victory.

Bradfield: Q.McCallion, M.Arber, J.Valentin, E.Cook, S.Haynes, J.Davis, J.Cheung, T.Mulikas, E.Sideso, E.Yeung, J.Hodgkinson, W.Bray, J.Whishaw, B.Bolt, F.Lapidus, N.Beuchler

Repton: M.Stanojevic, M.Bowman, C.Cottis, O. Hickman, O.Williams, M.Ferrinho, L.Tandy, E.Killington, J.Raine, A.Aliev, T.Buffin, J.Pollard, J.Parton, A.Edwards, E.Sawyers, M.Barnes-Batty

 

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