On Wednesday 24 April, the 1st XI travelled to Hampton and Richmond Borough FC to play Hampton School in the final of the ISFA London Schools Cup. Having already overcome stern challenges from City of London, RGS Guildford, St Georges Weybridge and Royal Russell in the earlier rounds, Dulwich went into the game with high hopes against the recently crowned English Schools Champions, Hampton School.
The game started at a quick tempo with both teams trying to play a high-pressing game. Hampton had the greater of the possession in the early stages with the Hampton midfield controlling the game, threatening the Dulwich goal on numerous occasions. A smart save at the near post from Dulwich keeper Jamie Cosway kept the scores level midway through the first half. Dulwich grew into the game and began to look dangerous on the counter and from set pieces. After 30 minutes Dulwich took the lead as Alex Buckler powerfully headed home from a corner. Hampton not phased, levelled after 35 minutes pouncing on a misplaced Dulwich pass before calmly finished from outside the box. 1-1 at half time.
In the second half, Hampton continued in the same vein and began moving the ball around well without creating any clear openings. With 20 minutes to go Hampton rattled the Dulwich post with a header from a corner. The game then began to open up in the final stages and the Dulwich attackers looked to get at the Hampton back line whenever possible but to no avail. More Hampton pressure followed but the Dulwich defence stood firm with some fantastic tackles and blocks to stop the dangerous attacks. The game ebbed and flowed with both teams trying to find a way through. Dulwich went close with five minutes to go but couldn’t convert as the game looked like it was heading into extra time. With time nearly up, Dulwich attacked down the left wing and after a fantastic cross in behind the Hampton defence from Jack Rath Montagu, Dylan Ashton headed home at the back post into the empty net to secure victory for Dulwich. Hampton had one final attack but it wasn’t to be. As the full time whistle blew, Dulwich were victorious 2-1 and crowned the 2018/19 ISFA London Schools Cup Champions.
Congratulations to both teams on a fantastic spectacle played in the right spirit and well done to the 1st XI on a finishing a fantastic season with a well-deserved trophy. Special mention to the year 13s for whom it was their last game for Dulwich.
Front Row (l-r): Alex Buckler, Charlie Humphreys, Malcolm Eisenhardt, Olly McNeil, Teddy Watling, Seb Fallowfield
Back Row (l-r): Hector Preston, Dylan Ashton, George Rawkins, Jamie Cosway, Jack Rath Montagu, Henry Loynes, Georgy Mina, Bruno Ceccolini