MATCH REPORTS 2018/19
Sunday 10th March
ISFA U16 4 Kent School 2
In very windy and blustery conditions it was Kent Schools who started more brightly of the two teams creating some excellent early opportunities. Their continuous pressure soon paid off when a mix up in the ISFA defence saw the Kent striker score. Minutes later a Kent free kick was no dealt with and they doubled their lead. The second half saw a change of formation for ISFA and aided by the wind quickly upped their game. Clara John won a penalty that Leila Lister converted. This set the tone for the second half and minutes later Mathilda Finburgh followed up Lister’s shot and equalised. ISFA continued to press and started to dominate the game giving Kent schools no time on the ball. ISFA then took the lead when Finburgh brought down Clarissa's cross and placed the ball past the goalkeeper. The game was put beyond doubt when Finburgh completed her hat-trick when she headed home a cross by John.
Wednesday 12th December
ISFA U16 6 SCOTLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS 1
(St. George's Park)
ISFA U16s Girls started strong, pressing high against Scotland, to win the ball consistently in the middle third from with consistent work from the defenders and midfielders. Within the first 5 minutes a goal was scored from a great run from Daisy-Mai Clements who revived the ball from a cross into the space from Mathilda Finburgh to the side of the keep Scotland keeper.
Minutes later Evie Thompson combined with Daisy-Mai Clements to put her through behind the SISFA defence , initially Saved by Scottish goalkeeper but followed in well by Victoria Neuefeind to make it 2 goals in first 10 minutes
ISFA then settled for a while but a third goal appeared from a quick throw in to Evie Thompson who delivered a nice punch pass into box for Clara John to loft over keeper, making it 3-0 ISFA
ISFA scored a fourth goal before half time came from Mathilda Finburgh who had been playing well up front, putting the SISFA defenders under pressure using her strength and speed to try break the line. Scotland scored their only after a mix up in defence. ISFA attacked more in the second half but were unable to get anymore goals until the last few minutes when Clarissa Jackson scored a brace, the second goal being finished well after a driving run and cross from Evie Thompson.
Tuesday 11th December
ISFA U16 0 WORCESTERSHIRE SCHOOLS 0
(St. George's Park)
This was a strong overall performance from the U16 ISFA team against an organised Worcestershire. The match was tightly contested with few clear chances from either side.
In the first half ISFA were able to construct some tidy build up play, resulting in a handful of half chances just outside the 18 yard box. This continued throughout the half with little response. In the second half Worcestershire came out with more purpose to the game, pinning back the ISFA side for parts of the game. ISFA were able to show great discipline, especially Eloise Ward and Grace White, reading the game and making some excellent well timed challenges. The game finished 0-0 that reflected a fair result.
Thursday 25th October
CAMBRIDGE CITY 0 ISFA U16 6
(Huntingdon Town FC)
The Under 16s started their season with a convincing win against Cambridge City. They started quickly, pressing the City defence and within the first 5 minutes were rewarded when Sophie Smith’s cross was turned in by Mathilda Finburgh. Just 2 minutes later ISFA came close again when the ever threatening Evie Thompson hit a lovely strike from the edge of the area forcing the goalkeeper into a wonderful save. After 12 minutes ISFA doubleD their lead when Victoria Neuenfeind shot dropped in at the back post. ISFA continued to build upon their passing game and a well worked move resulted in Smith tapping home from close range. At the end of the first half Leila Lister broke through the defence to chip the ball over the goalkeeper.
The second half continued in a similar fashion with ISFA continuing to be a threat. Lister scores her second of the game when she latched into a through ball and slotted last the goalkeeper and with one minute to go completed her hat trick when Eloise Ward played a ball over the top and she cools rounder the goalkeeper.
Photographs of this match can be obtained from RWT Photography.
2018/19 PROGRAMME (all dates subject to change):
23rd September 2018
Trials for squads
25th & 26th October 2018
Cambridge Development Camp
11th & 12th December 2018
St Georges Park Camp
11th December 2018
ISFA U16 Girls V Worcestershire Schools
St George's Park (6.00pm)
12th December 2018
ISFA U16 Girls V Scotland Independent Schools
St George's Park (2.00pm)
January - March 2019
Additional fixtures including Scotland tour (dates TBC)