Dean Close travelled up to London for the quarter final of the National U18 Knockout Cup to play a very strong Kingston Grammar School side. This was the fourth away match in a row in the Cup for Dean Close. The match started at a fast pace with both sides having chances but Oli Evans took the initiative scoring an outstanding individual goal to put DCS 1-0 up. After, a foul in the D a penalty stroke was awarded to Dean Close, and Matt Court scored to make it 2-0. Kingston responded but were kept at bay with some outstanding goalkeeping from Rory Kavanagh. However, Kingston managed to score just before half time taking the score to 2-1. The second half produced an end-to-end battle with Dean Close scoring from a penalty corner from Oli Evans to make it 3-1. After a number of Kingston attacks and some amazing saves from Rory Kavanagh, the opposition pulled the score back to 3-2 from a penalty corner. The last few minutes were incredible tense as Kingston threw everything at Dean Close but with one remarkable save off the line from Sam Norwood, Dean Close won the match 3-2. An outstanding achievement to win at Kingston and to gain a place in the semi final at Lee Valley, the National Hockey Centre, in April. The whole side played incredibly well and earned an extremely prestigious win.