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THIRD ROUND

Winchester began quickly out of the blocks scoring early following a free kick. Winchester scored again mid-way through the half with a smart turn and finish from outside the box. Winchester extended their lead as their scorer sealed a hat-trick before half time. In the second half Eton took less than a minute to score their first and soon rattled in two more. With the momentum going their way Eton capitalised, netting three more times in the 3rd quarter.  However, this crazy game saw Winchester battle back with a well taken volley which was soon followed by another goal. In the dying minutes Winchester had one more chance that slipped past the far post, and with it the chance of extra time.  A cup classic played in great spirit throughout.

In cold and windy conditions both teams struggled early on to keep possession and build pressure. Bolton had the better of a few rare opportunities, with the AKS Lytham keeper pulling off a fine save to deny a golden chance for the visitors to open the scoring. Soon after the break, AKS took the lead as they seized on some indecision in the Bolton defence. Bolton struck back relatively quickly and never looked back, scoring through an own goal before adding two more goals.

A thrilling afternoon led to 10 goals scored, extra time and 18 penalties taken all as the light faded and unfortunately, one team progressed, and one had to be knocked out after a tough encounter. After a missed opportunity by Whitgift, Harrow raced to the other end and converted a great counterattack. Whitgift managed to equalise before two more counter attacks gave Harrow an impressive 3-1 lead at HT. An improved performance by the visitors in the second half saw them regain control and go ahead 5-4 until last minute drama saw Harrow equalise to send the game into extra time. Whitgift managed to hit the crossbar 4 times in extra time but couldn’t find a winner so it was on to penalties. After 18 penalties Whitgift squeezed through 7-6.

Aldenham started brightly and quickly took a 3 goal lead. Dulwich did not let their heads drop though and played some great football in the middle third and had some half chances to score. The second half was a tighter affair but Aldenham added two more to the score line to finish the game 5-0 winners.

A quick start from Bradfield saw them score 2 goals in the first 5-minutes and settle any early nerves. Box Hill started to grow in confidence, playing some good football and the game was evenly matched with 20 minutes gone. Bradfield then took control of the game and in a 10-minute spell scored three times to put them 5-0 up at the break. Box Hill were rewarded for their efforts in the second half with a well taken goal. Bradfield continued to create opportunities and managed to convert three more times before the final whistle to run out comfortable winners.

Charterhouse progressed smoothly into the next round with an excellent performance. After an error from the City of London goalkeeper Charterhouse opened the scoring. Charterhouse doubled their lead before halftime. In the second half there was three further goals as Charterhouse ran out comfortable winners.

Both teams started brightly in the first 10minutess with neither team taking control. Bedes eventually broke the deadlock with a fantastic 25 yard curling shot, this then put them in control and they started to dominate proceedings, scoring another 6 goals to make it 7-0 at half time. Bedales never gave up and the second half was 5-2 by Bede’s with the final result finishing 11-2.  A game played in great spirit and enjoyable to watch for the neutrals.

Ardingly started the brightest and scored very early in the game taking this into half time. Trinity came back very strong early in the second half and were beginning to get a grip of the game.  This pressure soon led to a very well worked goal.  This seemed to wake the Ardingly players up and they once again went ahead from a fantastic glancing header. This didn’t dampen Trinity’s spirits and with a minute to go they equalised taking the tie into extra time. Once again Ardingly went ahead and Trinity once again responded. Ardingly eventually won on penalties but more importantly the fixture was played in a great spirit and both teams were a credit to their school.

Manchester Grammar School started brightly and hit the post within the first five minutes from a well-worked move. The side won a series of corners and eventually took the lead from a cross from the right-hand-side, which bounced in the box and allowed a tap in for one of the strikers. Having fallen behind, Grammar School at Leeds began to threaten down their right, winning a fee kick and forcing a one-handed save from MGS's goalkeeper as it was tipped over the bar. At half-time, the game was fairly evenly balanced. It was to be MGS's day, however, as the second goal came relatively quickly after half-time with some neat interplay between the strikers which saw one hold up the ball and play another in behind. One-on-one with the keeper, a cool finish ensured the scoreline became 2-0. MGS continued to dominate the ball for periods and scored a third through down the left side from a well-worked move which saw the GSAL keeper bravely save. but the ball fell to the incoming left midfielder who finished from short range. The final goal came from a break, where the substitute was able to complete a one-two and rifle the ball into the net past the keeper's outstretched hand.

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Brooke House v. Repton
Hampton v. Reigate GS
Highgate v. Harrodian
KCS Wimbledon v. Alleyn's 
Newcastle School for Boys v. Cheadle Hulme
Royal Russell v. St. Joseph's College
Truro v. St. John's Leatherhead

SECOND ROUND

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.

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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

FIRST ROUND 

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. 

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

2018-19 FINAL: ALDENHAM RETAIN TITLE

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 www.rwt-photography.co.uk or by ringing 01733 204445.Se 

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