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Monday, 09 March 2015
The First Xl football team travelled down to The King’s School Chester on Saturday for the annual ISFA Northern Eights Tournament, hoping to go one better than last year’s runner-up spot.
The morning could not have started better. In a group of six containing QUEGS Blackburn, Hulme Grammar School Oldham, Stockport Grammar School, Birkdale and The Grange, the team won all five games, scoring nine goals without conceding a single one. This was a tremendous effort in nearly one hundred minutes of football!
However, with only four of the eighteen schools progressing into the afternoon, it was always going to be a more difficult task to keep clean sheets.
In the semi-final, the team found themselves 2-1 down to Manchester Grammar School. With less than a minute left, Nat Phillips managed to get his head onto a direct Ben Bowers cross to level the game and take it into a penalty shoot out. All five Bolton penalties were converted before Alex O'Donoughue saved the tenth and last Manchester Grammar spot kick, sending the black and whites through to their second final in as many years.
Hot favourites Repton School were the opponents, and an early goal did the tired Bolton legs no favours. Despite pushing for a goal, Bolton were undone again in the dying minutes to take the game away.
Nevertheless this was a fantastic effort by the boys, who throughout the day worked tirelessly for the cause. Added to the Plate success at Chigwell back in September, it has been a good year for the team at the ISFA small sided competitions.
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