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U13s into National Semi-Final of Football Cup

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After a stunning 4-2 comeback in the last round of the national Independent Schools' Football Association (ISFA) Cup against St.Bede’s, a school from Manchester, a chance for Bolton School Boys’ Division to proceed to the last four of the competition presented itself with a difficult tie against Stockport Grammar. 

It was Stockport who got off to an excellent start in the quarter final, taking the lead after 10 minutes with a 30 yard chip to catch the keeper off his line. Bolton responded superbly and quickly levelled things up after only a few minutes with an opportunist strike from Joe Irving. This was followed by a thunderbolt of a strike from the outstanding captain Joel Burgess to give the keeper no chance. 

The second half resumed in much the same vein with Bolton dominating possession with some breath-taking football. The game was put to bed with a neat right foot volley from Asghar to make it 3-1 after some excellent wing play. Stockport didn’t give up and kept going until the end, rattling the post with a low drive, but Bolton rubbed salt into the wounds by going up the other end and putting the ball in the back of the net through Fisher to make it 4-1. 

“I’m very proud and absolutely delighted with the lads’ performance and attitude in coming from behind in the last two rounds and turning things around, showing great team spirit and determination. They thoroughly deserve to go through to the latter stages of this competition as the last team from the north after exhibiting some fantastic football and finishing,” Head of PE and U13 Coach Mr Johnson said. 

Bolton will now play an away tie against Lochinver House School, situated in North London, in the semi-final on Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 11.00 am. 

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