Brentwood triumph in penalty shoot-out

Brentwood 1-1 Repton (Brentwood win 5-4 on penalties)

Brentwood progressed to the semi-final of the Independent Schools’ Football Association Cup after a penalty win against Repton School in an extremely competitive fixture. Repton took the lead after five minutes following some direct play which resulted in an opportunity for Repton’s left winger to finish well, leaving goalkeeper Chris Maddison with no chance. The rest of the first half saw an extremely strong performance from Brentwood who created a number of good opportunities but were unable to find the final delivery. The second half again saw Brentwood on top, and Petcherat Chotipala finally equalised for Brentwood following a Harry Larke corner. Both teams had chances to score, and Brentwood had Chris Maddison to thank following two exceptional saves towards the end of the second-half. Extra-time was an end-to-end affair and Charlie Nowlan was very unlucky not to score following a great through ball from Harry Larke which produced an excellent save from the Repton goalkeeper. Following a nervous final few minutes the game entered the lottery of penalties. Brentwood remained calm throughout with Harry Larke, David Wainwright, Pietro Picozzi and Charlie Nowlan scoring comfortably from 12 yards. As ever there had to be a winner and following a miss from Repton, Petcherat Chotipala stepped up for the decisive penalty. With a two-step run up, Chotipala sent the keeper the wrong way to send Brentwood through to the semi-final of the prestigious ISFA Cup. A delighted Headmaster Ian Davies, who watched the match from the touchline, said: “Congratulations to both teams on a very close sporting contest played in a fine spirit. Either side could have won." Head of Football Matthew Miller said: “This was a truly spectacular win and showed all that is great about Brentwood School; togetherness, character and commitment as the Brentwood 1st XI progress to the semi-final draw."