Bolton Lose Dramatic Penalty Shoot Out
Thursday, 08 March 2012
After a very even match between Bolton School and Hampton, nothing separated the teams and a penalty shootout was required to find a winner of the prestigious Investec ISFA U15 Cup.
The dramatic final, held at Burton Albion FC's Pirelli Stadium, was enjoyed by a large crowd of pupils and staff from both schools. Bolton started strongly, but was unable to add a finish to some good passages of play. As Hampton gained a foothold in the match they took the lead shortly before half-time with a well-taken goal from Tom Phillipson. It wasn't until the final ten minutes of the second half, when Bolton's Sam Hart struck a fine half-volley from 25 yards, that the scores were again level. Unable to kill off their southern opponents before the end, the game went into extra-time.
Hampton had the clearest chances in this period, as players from both sides suffered from cramp and tiredness, and so it came to the lottery of penalties. Two Bolton misses meant victory for Hampton (4-2 on penalties) at the end of a dramatic encounter.
Mr Kevin Brace, Head Coach for the U15s' team, said: "The Bolton players can all be proud of the effort they put in during the game and throughout the entire tournament."
The boys had reached the final after overcoming Repton in the semi-final and had also achieved narrow victories over local rivals Manchester Grammar and QEGS Blackburn in earlier rounds.
This is the third consecutive year that Bolton School has appeared in an ISFA final, following last year's U15s' defeat to Whitgift and victory in the U13s' competition two years ago (the team then including many of the same boys who played in the final this year).