It was a rollercoaster of emotions for spectators at the U18 Boodles ISFA Cup quarter-final versus Repton School. With only 20 minutes left on the clock the Hampton First XI found themselves 2-0 down to a determined Repton side. The home side faced a monumental task but Hamptonians are renowned for their comeback attitude, and every member of the team dug deep and found renewed energy to fight for their semi-final place in one of the biggest national schoolboy football competitions.
The first of two goals from an on form Nat Woolaghan worked wonders to lift spirits both on and off the pitch. Nat received the ball just inside the box and went on a mazy run before slotting the ball past the goalkeeper.
Building on the momentum, School Captain Sam Evans struck a beautiful left-footed shot into the back of the net bringing the score to 2-2 and giving Hamptonians everything to hope for in extra time.
At this stage of the match, Hampton continued to have the run of the game allowing Nat Woolaghan the perfect opportunity to score his second goal of the match and secure Hampton School’s place in the U18 ISFA semi-final that will be played in the new year.
Director of Football, David Burke, says his players have much to be proud of:
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It is great to see the boys rewarded for all their hard work and they should be applauded for their team spirit and resolution. At this stage, it is small margins that make all the difference. Effort, alongside determination and belief is a characteristic of this team.