MATCH REPORTS 2018-19
Tuesday 19th February
ISFA U16 1 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION 1
(The American Express Elite Performance Centre)
On a lovely day at Brighton's impressive AMEX Elite Football Performance Centre, it was Brighton that started the quickest and looked very lively in the first 10 minutes. ISFA gradually grew in to the half before working a couple of good one v one opportunities through Braiden Hall (St. John's Leatherhead) and Charlie Dixon (Oswestry). However, it was a tight first half and the teams went in level at the break. The second half was a more open affair as Brighton again came out quickly but, this time, were rewarded after the right winger cut inside before advancing and smashing the ball home. However, ISFA regrouped and gradually settled in to their shape and became more of a threat. Creating several good opportunities in behind the Brighton defence, it was from the penalty spot that ISFA equalised. Jarryd Richardson (Ardingly) showed great work in the middle to beat his man and send a lovely through ball to his fellow Ardingly student Alfie Baldock. Baldock rounded the 'keeper but was brought down and Joe Mcloughlin (Oldham Hulme) calmly slotted the penalty home. This was a very enjoyable and competitive game and a huge thank you to Brighton for hosting us down at their superb Academy.
Sunday 13th January
ISFA U16 5 AUSTRALIA SCHOOLS 1
In windy and cold conditions, ISFA U16 took on Australia at Clifton College. In a first half where ISFA controlled possession but Australia looked very threatening on the counter, it was the England side that took the lead from the penalty spot as Braiden Hall (St. John's Leatherhead) calmly stroked the ball home. Australia then equalised after a long ball from their 'keeper allowed the Australian striker to head the ball home. Sam Long (Royal Russell) pulled off a superb double save before the England Captain, Drew Baker (Manchester Grammar School), headed home for a 2-1 half time lead.
Although playing against the wind in the second half, Australia came out all guns firing and on the front foot. However, ISFA then settled and again looked to control the possession and tempo. Briaden Hall scored again from the spot after being brought down in the area, Cian Spencer-McDermott (Bolton) made it 4 after he turned and finished superbly from outside of the area before Charlie Dixon (Oswestry) made it 5, again from the penalty spot.
This was a very competitive and enjoyable game as the U16s built impressively on their work at their winter training camp at St. George's Park in December.
Wednesdsay 14th December
ISFA U16 0 SHEFFIELD UNITED 1
(St. George's Park)
In cold conditions but on a superb pitch at the National Football Centre, ISFA U16s impressed against Sheffield United in their first game. Although retaining possession well, it was Sheffield United who went in 1-0 when seizing on a loose pass. In the 2nd half, it was ISFA who controlled the game and had the chances to draw level and take the lead. Composed in possession and aggressive, it really was an impressive first performance together and bodes well for the season ahead.
Photographs from this match are available from RWT Photography
The following players were selected to represent the England Independent Schools U16 Team at St George's Park.
|Cian Spencer McDermott||Bolton|
|Ilsanmi Oluwaseun||Brooke House College|
|Gabriel Egbe||Brooke House College|
|Drew Baker||Manchester Grammar|
|Joe Mcloughlin||Oldham Hulme Grammar|
|Connor Launder||Royal Russell|
|Samuel Long||Royal Russell|
|Braiden Hall||St. John's|
|James Baxter||St. Paul's|
|Joseph Oluwabusola||Winchester College|
|Harvey Ormerod||Woodhouse Grove|
Thursday 13th December
ISFA U16 v Sheffield United
St George's Park (2.00pm)
Sunday 13th January
ISFA U16 v Australia Schools
Clifton College (2.00pm)
Tuesday 19th February
ISFA U16 v Brighton & Hove Albion
(The American Express Elite Performace Centre (1.00pm)
Sunday 10th March
ISFA U16 v Millwall
City of London Playing Fields (11.00am)
MATCH REPORTS 2017-18
OAKHAM ACADEMY TOURNAMENT FINAL
ISFA U16 1 COLCHESTER 2
After qualifying for the tournament final, ISFA took on an impressive, and unbeaten, Colchester side. It was ISFA's opponents that took the lead with a well taken finish but ISFA replied straight away when Drew Baker (Manchester Grammar) met a Louis Beckett (Scarborough College) corner with a thumping header. However, Colchester then took the lead when their talented England full back produced a superb cross which was headed home. ISFA rallied and nearly took the final to penalties when a close range header just missed the target with the last play of the game.
This was a hugely impressive start to the 2018/19 season for a selection of players that represented ISFA at U15 level in the 2017/18 season. The players should be rightly proud of their efforts and performances and we look forward to welcoming them back to ISFA duties at the U16 trials in September.
ISFA U16 1 AISLING IRELAND 0
In boiling hot conditions, ISFA looked to control the tempo against their Irish opponents. Moving the ball well and also offering a direct threat, ISFA took the lead through Harrison Solomon (Repton) with a composed close range finish. After a scrappy period in the 2nd half, ISFA retained possession to secure a place in the Oakham Academy Tournament final.
ISFA U16 1 BRISTOL CITY 0
ISFA again demonstrated excellent progress in a tough match against Bristol City. An enjoyable first half saw both sides play some good attacking football. However, it was ISFA that took the lead when Max Haughton (Cheadle Hulme) accelerated away down the right and crossed for John Sasere (Brentwood) to finish. The second half saw Bristol press but a superb defensive effort from ISFA kept the opposition at bay.
ISFA U16 1 PORT VALE 1
In the last game of the second day, ISFA put in their most composed performance, looking to control possession and find their attacking players between the lines. However, Port Vale were equally determined and in the final 5 minutes took the lead when their striker turned and finished well. With 2 minutes remaining, a superb free kick from Jarryd Richardson (Ardingly) found Drew Baker (Manchester Grammar) in the area to head calmly past the 'keeper.
ISFA U16 0 NOTTS COUNTY 0
ISFA started day 2 with an impressive performance against Notts County. The first half was very even with ISFA going close after winning the ball high up the pitch and Notts having a shot blocked. The second half saw Notts threaten from a couple of corners but ISFA came closest after a lovely move down the left but were unable to finish from a superb cross from Freddie Fraser-Grant (Kew House).
ISFA U16 0 COLCHESTER 1
In very hot conditions, ISFA kicked off their Oakham Tournament with an encouraging performance. In a tight first half, ISFA created two good chances on the counter before Colchester hit the post following a superb save from Adam Holder (City of London). The 2nd half was another tight affair and ISFA nearly took the lead from a close range header. However, it was Colchester who secured the win after a header from a left wing cross.
2018-19 PROGRAMME (MORE FIXTURES TBC)
24th - 26th July 2018
U16 Academy Tournament
12th – 13th December 2018
ISFA U16 Camp
(St. George’s Park)
Wednesday 12th December 2018
ISFA U16 v Burton Albion
(St. George's Park, 6.00)
Thursday 14th December
ISFA U16 v TBC
(St. George's Park, 2.00)
Sunday 13th January
ISFA U16 vs. Australia Schools
(Clifton College, 2.00)