MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE FOR ISFA AT MANCHESTER UNITED
ISFA U15 enjoyed a memorable experience at Manchester United's Aon Training Centre at Carrington when they were invited to take part in an annual day-long tournament of three 20 minutes each way matches on 16th May. The ISFA players met up the previous evening for a training session on the indoor pitch at Carrington and reported back the following day
MANCHESTER UNITED 3 ISFA 1
ISFA initially appeared a bit overawed at the site of opponents in the famous red/white/black kit and perhaps gave their illustrious opponents too much respect. A 3-0 half-term scoreline was a concern but the team improved considerably in the second half and pulled a goal back when Jack Hunter Lees's free-kick was headed in by Charlie Fripp.
ISFA 1 BURNLEY 2
There was little to choose between the two teams for much of this match and both teams missed chances in the first half. However, just as ISFA appeared to be gaining in confidence, Burnley struck twice in 2 minutes to take a half-time lead. ISFA were on top in the second half and pulled a goal back when good work by Tommy Trenaman down the left set up Luca Page to score.
ISFA 1 ASTON VILLA 1
An early goal conceded was a bad start but ISFA grew into the game. Just as it looked likely that they were not to be rewarded, Tommy Trenaman set up Luca Page to score with 7 minutes of the match remaining and ISFA then piled on the pressure in the final moments. Villa survived this late onslaught but a draw was the least that ISFA deserved.
PLAYING SQUAD: Lewis Chaplin (Hampton), Freddie Christian (Eton), Joe Crolla (RGS Guildford), Charlie Fripp (Bournemouth Collegiate), Hady Ghandour (Harrodian), Archie Harker (Westminster), Yahoo Ho (King Edward’s), Jack Hunter Lees (Charterhouse), Alec Osborn (Chigwell), Luca Page (Bede’s), James Parton (Repton), Luke Tandy (Repton), Tommy Trenaman (Bede’s), Will Trew (Truro), David Turner (Thorpe House), Ryan Welch (Bede’s)
DATE AHEAD - SEASON 2015-16
The following date has been announced for the start of next season for current U15 players, next season's U16
Oakham Academy U16 Festival
A squad of 18 players will be selected.
ISFA NARROWLY LOSE TO NOTTS COUNTY
Wednesday 8th April 2015
ISFA U15 0 NOTTS COUNTY 1
In a high tempo game, Notts County dominated the early stages moving the ball through midfield and created some good early chances. As the first half progressed the ISFA team grew into the game and began to move the ball with increasing fluency. 5 minutes before half time with a break through the middle the ball dropped to the Notts County centre forward who finished well. ISFA came out in the second half and asserted themselves quickly passing the ball well and creating numerous chances. Despite hitting the woodwork and having a goal disallowed the end result was a 1-0 win to Notts County.
The following players attending the ISFA representative camp at the University of Nottingham and were involved in the match against Notts County.
Lewis Chaplin (Hampton), Freddie Christian (Eton), Joe Crolla (RGS Guildford), Joe Daniels (Clayesmore), Hady Ghandour (Harrodian), Archie Harker (Westminster), Jack Hunter Lees (Charterhouse), Cameron Matthewson (King’s Worcester), Alex Osborn (Chigwell), Luca Page (Bede’s), Stirling Spowers (Eton), Tommy Trenaman (Bede’s), Will Trew (Truro), David Turner (Thorpe House), Harry Webster (King’s Ely)
ONE WIN, ONE DEFEAT FOR ISFA U15 AT ST. GEORGE'S PARK
Monday 15th December 2014
ISFA 3 LEICESTER CITY F.C 1
ISFA started well against Leicester City when Archie Harker converted a penalty early on. Luca Page then doubled ISFAs lead when he coolly finished off when one on one with the goal keeper. The third ISFA goal was a routine header at the back post from a corner and rounded off a great win for the side.
Tuesday 16th December 2014
ISFA 1 WATFORD 7
Watford went ahead within 10 minutes after their striker passed ISFA defenders and slotted home. The away team enjoyed some early pressure and soon doubled their lead and got a third from a corner. ISFA were matching Watford’s possession, but could not establish too many clear cut chances. Watford went into the break four goals to the good. After the re-start, ISFA got goal back through Luca Page’s well taken finish. Watford took their chances and added a further three goals to their tally before the end of the game. This was played on the Sir Alf Ramsey full size indoor pitch at St. George's Park
SUMMER CAMP AT HARROW
The new ISFA season began with matches against Leyton Orient in July at Harrow School.
With a large squad and a lack of full fitness after the summer lay-off, all the players played in both of the matches
ISFA U15 v. LEYTON ORIENT
ISFA kicked off proceedings against a young Leyton Orient side, playing good football, trying to play out from the back whenever possible. Both teams settled into the game and began to play a more passing style of football with chances being created at both ends. All boys tried to adapt to what they had learnt in the morning session with the defence showing good shape, the midfield controlling the games outnumbering the opposition and the strikers working hard to create width and options in attack.
Goals came from Joe Crolla, James Parton, Freddie Christian, Will trew, Tom Clark and Josh Wilkinson (2).
ISFA U15 v. WATFORD
Watford fielded a very strong side, including a number of U16players in preparation for the upcoming Milk Cup tournament in Northern Ireland. In a match of three “thirds”, ISFA held their own in the first third, going down by just one goal and repeated the feat for much of the second third before tiredness began to become a factor and, in the final third, Watford ran out comfortable winners.