ISFA Semi Final Clash
Friday, 27 January 2012
Bolton School U13 footballers took part in the Investec ISFA national semi-final, putting them in the top four teams in the country and the only remaining team from outside the London area.
The team, coached by Mr Johnson and Mr Windsor, travelled to Brentwood School to compete for a place in the ISFA final. The team started quite slowly and had to do a lot of defending in the first half. Little chances were created by both sides however and the half time score was 0-0. The half time team talk took the whole of the break and very important instructions were given to the boys individually. The second half started much better, and Bolton were straight into the action creating chances.
Jack Everest came extremely close to breaking the deadlock 5 minutes into the half when he was presented with a 1 on 1 chance which only just went over the bar. However, with 20 minutes to go, Jack took the ball down the right wing, went for a cross into the box, and with a twist of fortune the ball flew into the back of the net.
Excitement was around the Bolton support, players and coaches, however this did not last long, as 10 minutes later Brentwood snatched an equaliser from a well taken corner.
The match went on without a further goal and as the full time whistle went, extra time loomed. The first 7 minute period of extra time had 1 minute remaining when Brentwood took a short throw in, and without being tackled, their winger had driven through our defence and put away an extremely good finish. Half time of extra time came immediately after and with a final 7 minutes of the match to go, Bolton pushed and pushed but could not force the vital equaliser.
The game finished 2 - 1 to Brentwood (After Extra Time). Mr Windsor said: ''Although we were eliminated at the semi-final round, it has been an extremely successful journey to get this far and we are so very proud of the lads for such great efforts. We know that they will only improve from this downfall.''
Mr Johnson said: ''It was a tremendous effort from all of the footballers. They worked ever so hard to get this far and we were very impressed with the football they played this season.''
The U13 team are still in the Bolton Town Cup and still host a fantastic record so far this season.