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The U15s’ unbeaten run in this season’s ISFA competition has culminated in a coveted place in the national final. A nail-biting semi-final against Hampton School, last week, saw the teams go into extra time following a 1-1 draw. The matched ended in a penalty shoot-out, with Whitgift just pipping the opposition 5-4. The squad will be hoping to make this the third U15 ISFA Cup win since Whitgift started entering the competition, in 2011. After some comprehensive victories in the early rounds, the team’s standout performance to date was against Millfield, in the quarter-finals. With a 1-1 tally at half time, the team performed an outstanding second half, to score four unanswered goals, and win the tie 5-1.
The U13s, on the other hand, are striving for their 7th consecutive ISFA cup glory. The boys defeated Brentwood School, 6-0, with an impressive semi-final performance, on 26 January. The team will now play Moorlands School in the final, a repeat of last year’s U12 ESFA national final. The team’s run to the final has been hugely impressive, amassing 45 goals from the five rounds played so far.
Both finals will be held at the Pirelli Stadium, home to Championship side, Burton Albion FC, on Thursday 2 March. The U13s will kick off at 1.15pm and the U15s at 6pm.
Mr Andrew Martin, Whitgift’s Director of Football, commented, “It is fantastic for both the U13s and U15s to reach their respective ISFA finals, to join the U11s, who had already qualified. Three out of four ISFA finals is a great achievement, but the hard work starts now, to give ourselves the best possible chance to win both finals.”