WINNERS OF THE ISFA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Congratulations to our U11 Boys who won the ISFA Regional Championship at King’s Ely on Saturday 17th March 2018.

Broughton Manor booked their place at St George’s Park for the first time after claiming the U11 7v7 east region title at the rearranged event held at Kings Ely.

Broughton Manor were the stand out team in group B going through the group stages unbeaten with 3 wins and a draw to top the group.

The quarter finals produced some incredibly tight matches with three of the four being decided by penalties with Kings Ely, Taverham Hall and Broughton Manor being victorious in the shoot-outs.

Penalties were once again needed in the second semi-final and it was Broughton Manor who held their nerve and defeated Taverham Hall in the shoot-out.

The final was an excellent game between the two group winners and it was decided by a second half goal as Broughton Manor took the chance when it came and then defended excellently to see the game out and claim a
1-0 victory and be crowned ISFA East Region U11 champions and claim the final spot in the National Finals day at
St George’s Park.

The boys were outstanding today at the ISFA regional tournament, a huge achievement for them and the school!

U11 National ISFA Football Final
An outstanding performance by the boys and an outstanding achievement for the school.

On Tuesday 24th April 2018, despite the pouring rain, nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the 18 participating schools and accompanying large crowd, who enjoyed an action-packed day of football on the pristine pitches at The FA National Football Centre, St. George’s Park.

The schools where split into three groups of six; with the top two and two third best placed schools progressing to the quarter finals. Broughton Manor were placed in group C alongside Dulwich College, St Piran’s School, Yardley Court, Lochinver House and Altrincham Prep (who went on to win the competition beating Lochinver House in the final) – a tough group.

The boys began their campaign with a 0-2 defeat to a very strong Altrincham Prep side; it could have been worse but goal keeper, Freddie Anstee was in fine form between the posts. Our next match was against the runners up of the competition, Lochinver House; we narrowly lost this match 0-1 to a very fortunate goal that took a wicked deflection.

Our third match saw Broughton Manor’s first win; a gritty defensive performance by the team with very little chances. Ethan Nyaema turned in the box and slammed home an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net, ensuring we won 1-0.

Dulwich College was our fourth group game. An incredible defensive display against a team that managed to reach the semi-finals. After going a goal down on the stroke of half time, Broughton Manor then produced what many supporters were calling ‘the goal of the tournament.’ Captain, Theo Adelusi won the ball in our own half before spotting the goalkeeper was off his line, a powerful strike from inside his own half saw the ball fly over the goalkeeper’s head and nestle into the goal. A fantastic 1-1 draw against a strong school.

The boys needed a convincing win in their final game to give them a chance of qualifying for the quarter finals. Broughton Manor were victorious against St Piran’s school, with Eisa Osman scoring an incredible determined goal and despite fantastic attacking play by Phillip Stepanov, Ire Adebiyi, Ethan Nyaema and Charley Obee we were only able to score once, which meant we missed out on the quarter finals by 2 goals, tied on 7 points with Dulwich college.

We entered the 9th-12th place playoff with a match against fellow 7 point finisher Edgeborough, from group A. Ire, Ethan and Theo all had chances to put Broughton ahead in the game however it was the defensive unit of Rohan Mall, Oliver Phillips and Freddie Anstee (GK) that kept us in the tie. The match finished 0-0, so it turned to the drama of a penalty shootout. Oliver, Ire and a match winning penalty from Theo were all successful with their attempts, while Freddie managed to make one exceptional save.

Our last game against near neighbours Berkhamsted would determine if we finished 9th or 10th in the country! This game was incredibly tight with very few chances and some tired looking boys after a long day of football. Just as penalty kicks were looming, Berkhamsted scored with the last kick of the game, winning the game 1-0.

Broughton Manor Prep School were named the 10th best school in the country at U11 7 a-side football. An event I’m sure we will remember for a while!