MEMORABLE DAY TO FINISH THE SEASON
The ISFA U15 team enjoyed a memorable end to the season when they were invited by Manchester United to participate in a four-team tournament at The Aon Training Centre, Carrington, United's training ground, also involving Liverpool and Aston Villa. The ISFA boys inevitably found it a difficult experience but equipped themselves extremely well against Category One Academies who are training together several times every week.
All matches were played on the same day and were 20 minutes each way.
MANCHESTER UNITED 0 ISFA 0
ISFA more than held their won in the opening match. United had more of the possession but Charles Clayden hit the post in the first half. In the second half, Seb Marsi forced the United goalkeeper to a fine save and United also hit the woodwork and had a late goal disallowed - but ISFA held on for a deserved draw.
ISFA 1 LIVERPOOL 5
ISFA started dozily and failed to get into the game so it was no surprise when Liverpool took the lead and it was soon 2-0. Shaun-Chris Joash pulled a goal back when he latched onto a George Maxwell through ball and rounded the keeper coolly to score and ISFA then enjoyed their best spell of the entire tournament, passing the ball well, looking the better side for the period immediately prior to half-time and having a goal disallowed. However, in the second half Liverpool regained control and added three more goals to win 5-1.
ISFA 0 ASTON VILLA 3
Villa had already won both their previous matches against Liverpool and United so the ISFA boys knew they faced a tough task. However, they produced possibly their best performance of the tournament, defending bravely and playing some good football against a very strong outfit.
The following players represented ISFA:
Sam Arbuckle (Alleyn's)
Joe Berks (Denstone)
Will Betts (Clayesmore)
Matthew Bowman (Scarborough College)
Charles Clayden (Brentwood)
Alex Clayton (AKS Lytham)
Will Gibbons (Wolverhampton GS)
Shaun-Chris Joash (Hampton)
Seb Marsi (Bury GS)
George Maxwell (Hampton)
Gabriel McGill (St. Peter's, York)
Luke Merrill (Manchester GS)
Tommy Redhead (Chigwell)
Pieter Stein (Millfield)
Stuart Williams (Shebbear College)
Zach Wood (Alleyn's)
SCOTLAND TOUR - EASTER 2016
Thursday 7th April
CELTIC 5 ISFA U15 2
Facing an impressive Celtic line-up, who were very comfortable in possession of the ball, ISFA did well to end the first period just one goal in arrears. The tireless Joe Berks halved what had become a two goals deficit with a fine shot ten minutes into the second period, but a couple of defensive errors enabled Celtic to pull away to a 4-1 lead before Matthew Bowman scored ISFA'S second goal. No further addition to the scoreline seemed likely until a late break-out from Celtic produced a four on one advantage and a fifth goal was harshly conceded. April
Wednesday 6th April
HIBERNIAN 0 ISFA U15 9
Showing no I'll-effects from a long journey, the ISFA boys pressed hard from the office and it wasn't long before Gabriel Magill had grabbed the first of his thre goals. The quick transfer of the ball and interchange of players was too much for the Hibernian team to handle and further goals followed at regular intervals with William Gibbons also collecting a hat-trick. Buoyant, the squad looks forward to tomorrow's challenge against Celtic.
ST. GEORGE'S PARK - DECEMBER 2015
Tuesday 15th December
ISFA U15 4 BIRMINGHAM CITY FC 0
(FA National Football Centre, St. George's Park, 2.00)
ISFA U15s showed great skill and character to take away a convincing 4 – 0 win against a well drilled Birmingham City side. In the indoor 3G surface at the National Football Centre the ISFA Boys started well and created many opportunities before Gabriel McGill gave ISFA a deserved lead. A low cross from Charles Clayden was well converted at the near post again by McGill and 2 more goals were added for ISFA as the game wore on. A fantastically spirted performance over the 2 days of the camps from all the boys.
Monday 14th December
ISFA U15 1 LEICESTER CITY FC 2
(FA National Football Centre, St. George's Park, 6.00)
ISFA started brilliantly against a strong Leicester City side and the score was 0 – 0 at half time. Both teams enjoyed spells of possession and opportunities to take the lead but could not quite capitalise. ISFA went 1 – 0 ahead just after the break through Gabriel McGill before Leicester quickly equalised. Leicester got the winner towards to end of the match to round off an entertaining end to end fixture.
The following boys attended the camp.
SUMMER CAMP AT HARROW SCHOOL
Saturday 15th August
ISFA U15A 2 Crystal Palace 4
Despite an equaliser from Joe Berks, ISFA still found themselves trailing 3-1 at half-time. Strong combination work between Seb Marsi and Gabriel Mcgill enabled Marsi to pull one goal back before tired legs were punished in the game's final quarter.
ISFA U15B 3 Crystal Palace 4
Early goals from ISFA debutant, Cameron Smith, David Chiana, and Aidan Procter, who latched onto a superb pass inside his full-back from another ISFA debutant, Ethan Pizano, enabled ISFA to reach half time 3-1 to the good. A strengthening of personnel saw ISFA concede three quick goals to go down by the odd goal in seven.
5th – 7th Aug
U14 Oakham Academy Festival
16th – 18th Aug
ISFA U16 Oakham Camp
19th – 21st Aug
ISFA U14 & U15 Harrow Representative Camp
Sun 18th Sep
ISFA South U16 trials (11.00)
Sun 18th Sep
ISFA South U18 trials (2.00)
Sun 2nd Oct
ISFA South 18 v Kent and Corinthian Casuals (2.00)
Sun 2nd Oct
ISFA South 16 v Essex (11.00)
22nd – 23th Oct
ISFA U14 & U15 Development Camp
Sun 6th Nov
ISFA South U18 v Essex (2.00)
Sun 6th Nov
ISFA South U16 v Kent (11.00)
(City of London School)
Sun 27th Nov
ISFA U16/U18 North v South (2.00)
12th - 13th Dec
ISFA U14 & U15 Boys Representative Camp
(St. George’s Park)
14th - 15th Dec
ISFA U16 & U18 Boys Representative Camp
(St. George’s Park)
Sunday 15th January 2017
ISFA U18 Boys v Australia Schools (2.00)
(Clifton College, Bristol)
Sun 5th Feb 2017
ISFA U18 v Welsh Schools (2.00)