News on Rounds 2, 3, 4 in the ISFA Cup
Match reports for Round 2, 3 and 4 of the ISFA Cup by Simon Hayward, Director of Football
ISFA Cup 2nd Round – Wednesday 26 September – Whitgift (Away) – Won 2-1
After the first round, Charterhouse began their ISFA Cup campaign with a tough away fixture at Whitgift. A very technical Whitgift side passed the ball nicely, but a well organised and disciplined Charterhouse defence limited the hosts opportunities. At the other end a great strike from just outside the box by Dmitry Tertychnyy gave the visitors a first half lead. As well as being good with the ball, the hosts also proved themselves to be very tactically adaptable and changed their formation on two or three occasions during the match. Despite an equaliser early in the second half, the Charterhouse team was excellent at diagnosing the changes in formation and adjusting their roles and responsibilities accordingly. Henry Rowland scored the winner for Charterhouse with an overlapping run from left-back and a fantastic low strike across goal into the bottom corner.
As Whitgift went in search of another equaliser, the visitors proved themselves to be resolute in defence. They limited the hosts to shots from distance and created a number of excellent opportunities to increase the lead at the other end. Louis Ward in the Charterhouse goal came away with a lot of credit after taking a nasty knock in the first half as he claimed a cross. He played through the pain for the rest of the match and continued to confidently take crosses and ease any pressure on his defence. Joe Earls and Dare Balogun were excellent in midfield and the back four of Rowland, Ross Richardson, Julian Schuetzner and Will Briggs performed well throughout. All in all, the game management was excellent and a hardworking and competitive Charterhouse side came away with a deserved victory.
ISFA Cup 3rd Round – Thursday 11 October – Bede’s (Home) – Won 2-0
A nice Home draw awaited Charterhouse after the victory at Whitgift and we welcomed Bede’s to Big Ground. Lee Marshallsay and his Grounds Team did a wonderful job and prepared a fantastic surface for the match. The first half was evenly contested with Charterhouse having a few more chances and creating the slightly better chances of the two teams. Nup Hetrakul cut inside from the right side of the penalty box and hit straight at the goalkeeper on his left foot from close range. David Campbell was just unable to reach an excellent cross from Henry Rowland that would have been a tap-in inside the six-yard box, and after more good work on the left flank Campbell headed wide from another Rowland cross.
The turning point in the match came in the second half when Austin Wilman, returning from injury in goal for Charterhouse, made a fantastic one on one save. Bede’s broke on the counter attack after a Charterhouse corner and created their only real gilt-edged chance of the match, but Wilman stood tall and blocked the shot to keep the scores level. Not long after that, the pressure from Charterhouse told with a ‘cross come shot’ from Matteo Loria drifting in at the far post when Henry Rowland’s run prevented the Bede’s keeper from being able to make a save. The goal came at the end of a long passing move that involved eight of the outfield players and 15+ passes that shifted the Bede’s defence from side to side to create space for Matteo on the edge of the box. The home side looked comfortable after taking the lead and made the game safe with a few minutes to go. A throw-in high on the left hand side made its way in to Captain Alex Ford, he rolled his man and ran across the edge of the box, finding space to shoot low into the bottom left corner for an unassailable 2-0 lead. Pol Demir Gonzalez gave his best display of the season in central midfield and Jasper Craven came off the bench as a centre forward to cause the Bede’s defence real problems.
ISFA Cup 4th Round – Tuesday 13 November – Queen Ethelburga’s (Away) – Lost 1-0
A long away trip was presented to Charterhouse in the Last 16 and the boys set off on Monday evening for the long journey towards York. Pre-match preparations were excellent with help from Steve Grime at the University of Leeds who provided a training facility for some set-piece work on the Tuesday morning and some lunch afterwards. As the teams came out for the warm-up it became immediately evident that the sun was going to play a big factor in the match. The kick off time meant that the height and angle of the sun was going to shine directly in the eyes of one goalkeeper and one defender. Alex Ford lost the toss, Queen Ethelburga (QE) chose to change ends and it was Charterhouse who would have to deal with a blinding sun in their eyes. The visitors were terrible in the first ten minutes, looking more disjointed than at any other point in the season. The hosts dominated possession early but despite being poor on the ball in the early stages, the Charterhouse defence made sure that QE created no good chances.
Just as Charterhouse started to grow into the game, the hosts won a free kick 25 yards out after quarter of an hour. A clean strike from the QE number 10 followed and Austin Wilman was unmoved in the goal as the sun prevented him from seeing the ball head towards the top
corner. Charterhouse responded well and within minutes created the best chance of the first half, Dmitry Tertychnyy having a far post header saved by the QE goalkeeper. Unfortunately, the sun disappeared at half time and the visitors were unable to make any use of the sun causing problems for the hosts’ defence in the second half. Charterhouse grew into the game the longer it went on, were the better side early in the second half, dominated the middle of the second half and laid siege to the QE goal at the end of the match. Chances came and went with Alex Ford and David Campbell both having good efforts saved. A change of formation in the last 15 minutes, along with the introduction of Pol Demir Gonzaelz and Jasper Craven, gave added impetus to the Charterhouse pressure but we couldn’t force an equaliser. Apart from the opening ten minutes, the boys performed well and were a credit to the School. In the end it was a shame that a coin toss and a blinding sun played such a big part in deciding who made it into the Quarter-finals, but the players deserve to be proud of their efforts.
Squad: Austin Wilman, Louis Ward, Ross Richardson, Henry Rowland, Julian Schuetzner, Will Briggs, Afa Nfor, Nup Hetrakul, Dmitry Tertychnyy, Dare Balogun, Joe Earls, Pol Demir Gonzalez, Oliver Sheen, Matteo Loria, Alex Ford, David Campbell, Jasper Craven, Finlay McLellan.