ISFA U18 3 - 4 SHREWSBURY TOWN U18
Despite the recent torrential rain, host school Shrewsbury had a perfect surface for the game to be played on.
ISFA started the better side grabbing an early goal from Imran Kayani heading home from close range following a corner. Shrewsbury Town gradually started to get a hold of the game and scored a well worked goal midway through the first half. Shrewsbury Town continued to play some good football and scored on the stroke of half time to go in 2-1 ahead.
ISFA once again got off to a fantastic start scoring within 60 seconds via a left footed strike from outside the area from Jake Raine. The game opened up and was played at a great tempo and Shrewsbury Town yet again scored from a good bit of free flowing football. ISFA started to dominate the game following a change in formation and scored a well deserved equaliser after Jack Gallagher was put through 1v1. With ISFA then pushing for a winner and playing some attractive attacking football, Shrewsbury Town showed their character and managed to score the winner against the run of play within the dying minutes.
This was an excellent first game of the season for ISFA U18s competing against a full time academy side. It bodes well for the season ahead.
ISFA WHITES 0 - 3 UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM 1ST XI
ISFA came up against an extremely strong Nottingham side full of ex-ISFA superstars. The pace of the game was intense from start to finish but the opposition were more physical and tactically astute against the ISFA group who were playing together for the first time. Nottingham were clinical in front of goal to go 2-0 up at half time though ISFA will have rued missing some good chances at the other end. A mature and disciplined performance frustrated the ISFA players in the second half and, whilst searching for the goal to get them back in the game, they were punished at the other end. Despite the loss, this was an excellent challenge for the group and an enjoyable one hosted at the excellent Basford United facility by the University.
ISFA BLUES 2 - 2 UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM 2ND XI
ISFA enjoyed more than their share of possession and territory throughout the game. They thoroughly deserved their lead when Olaoluwa Folorunsho crossed for Josh Lee to finish at the back post. This lead was soon doubled as a cut back found Joseph Shard to neatly finish in the bottom corner of the goal. The second half appeared to see ISFA take an even bigger grip of the game carving out plenty of chances but unable to finish the game off. A bizarre last 10 minutes saw a penalty and equaliser meaning that the score was somehow leveled. The team will be extremely disappointed not to have come away with the win but should be please with their performance for the vast majority of the game.
ISFA SOUTH U18 8 - 2 KENT SCHOOLS
ISFA came out firing on all cylinders and dominated early proceedings. Ben Jones delivered a pin point cross that fell to Nathan Daniels to finish and a minute later Braiden Hall made it two with an outstanding strike from 20 yards. Toby McCallum then played in Imran Kayani who cooly finished to make it 3-0 within 13 minutes. Kent then sprang into gear, had their share of the game and scored an superb free kick on the half hour mark. Minutes later though, ISFA countered with Rafael Kaidussis Pereira playing through Olaoluwa Folorunsho to make it 4-1 at half time.Whilst the rest of the country's matches were cancelled due to the rain, Charterhouse School presented 3 excellent and clearly weatherproof pitches for this and the U17 matches.
A second half shuffle and ISFA regained supremacy in terms of possession and territory, playing some delightfully creative football. A Kaidussis Pereira shot was well-saved and then followed in by Daniels for his second. Move of the match though came following some good possession and a clever 'dinked' throughball from Hall for Harvey Walker to finish. Hall was once again the provider for Kaidussis Pereira to deservedly get on the scoresheet. A goalmouth scramble in the ISFA penalty box led to a great save by Cameron Pike only for the rebound to go in for a consolation to Kent. With minutes left on the clock, ISFA finished with another move down the right that was turned in by Walker for his second.
A superb start to the year from this talented group of players.
ISFA U18 v Shrewsbury Town
Sunday 24th November 2019
Shrewsbury School (14:00)
ISFA U18 v Welsh Colleges
Wednesday 11th Decemeber 2019
St George's Park (18:00)
ISFA U18 v England Colleges
Thursday 12th December 2019
St George's Park (14:00)
ISFA U18 v Australia Schools
Sunday 12th January 2020
Shrewsbury School (14:00)
ISFA U18 v Welsh Schools
Sunday 9th February 2020
Shrewsbury School (14:00)
ISFA U18 v Loughborough University
Sunday 15th March 2020
Loughborough University (ko tbc)
MATCH REPORTS 2018-19
Sunday 24th March
ISFA U18 5 LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY 1
(Loughborough University Stadium)
ISFA completed a very impressive unbeaten season with another professional performance away at the fantastic facilities of Loughborough University. ISFA were straight of the blocks and opened the scoring within minutes after a through-ball from Ben Leeson (Royal Russell) found Ada Okorogheye (Royal Russell) whose chip came back off the crossbar to his head where he made no mistake second time round. His strike partner Shaun-Chris Joash (Hampton) doubled the lead shortly after to take real control of the game. Joash’s second came just short of the half hour mark as he forced the ball off the opposition CB before rounding the keeper and firing home. The 3-0 scoreline definitely flattered ISFA as some excellent defending from George Maxwell (Hampton) and goalkeeping from Robbie Scott (Millfield) was required to stop some well-worked chances. Loughborough made many changes and started to grow further into the game. One of their chances finally paid off as a cross was neatly finished to make it 3-1.This reignited ISFA and Kyrique Garvey-Williams (Royal Russell) scored an outstanding individual goal to remove any hope Loughborough had. The goal of the game came with the last kick as Joash completed his hattrick with a mazy run through the opposition defence followed by a powerful strike passed the helpless keeper. A very fitting end to the season for a superbly talented group of players. We wish them all the best for the future.
Sunday 10th February
ISFA U18 2 WELSH SCHOOLS 2
Despite the week of rain leading up to this game, the Shrewsbury surface was in impeccable condition. A few injuries to the ISFA squad meant fresh opportunities and debuts for Luke Quinn (Queen Ethelburga’s) and Ben Leeson (Royal Russell).
Wales started the stronger of the two sides. They were pressing with intent and keen to get the ball into attacking positions. This style led to their first goal as a ball in behind was not dealt with by the ISFA defence. The Welsh striker finished neatly. ISFA then grew into the game and started to dominate in terms of possession and chances. The Welsh keeper made two excellent one-on-one saves and more ISFA chances went begging.
An excellent move from the Welsh saw a long switch of play to their opposite winger just arriving into the box. To everyone’s disbelief, he took the ball first time, on the volley, and hammered home a truly outstanding goal off the bar. This spurred ISFA further and with ten minutes on the clock they pegged a goal back. Callum Holland’s (Epsom College) free kick was met by the head of Ben Le Rougetel (Millfield) from close range. As the game went in to injury time, it looked like it was not going to be ISFA’s day. A free kick was awarded on the edge of the box and with the last kick of the game, they had one last chance. Shaun-Chris Joash (Hampton) stepped up and whipped the ball into the bottom left to even the game.
A huge amount of character was shown against a very impressive Welsh side who will no doubt do well in the Centenary Shield this year. The result though means that ISFA finish a second season unbeaten on the International Stage. Well done to all involved!
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MATCH REPORTS 2018-19
Saturday 13th January
ISFA U18 3 AUSTRALIA SCHOOLS 2
Clifton College was the venue as our under 18’s hosted Australia Schools for their first competitive fixture of their 2019 Tour. Despite a strong wind, both sides produced a competitive and entertaining game of football on a wonderful playing surface. Straight from the kick off ISFA took the lead. A wonderful diagonal pass from Josh Teeluck (Royal Russell) found Matt Bowman (Repton) on the right hand side. Matt did really well and produced a wonderful cross that was met with a fantastic side foot finish by Ada Okorogheye (Royal Russell). In the 7th minute ISFA extended their lead. A long pass by Robbie Scott (Millfield) was flicked on by Ada and found Callum Holland (Epson College) in space. Callum produced a wonderful through ball for Kyrique Garvey-Williams (Royal Russell) to confidently finish past the advancing Australian Keeper. ISFA had the chance to extend the lead to 3-0 when Ada found Josh Teeluck at the back post who had his shot blocked from 6 yards. As the Australians grew into the game they created a number of well worked opportunities, with the best opportunity falling to their number 7 who was unlucky to be denied by the post in the 41st minute. 3 minutes later Australia were denied again by a fantastic point blank save by Robbie Scott, bringing an end to first half.
During the second half the game was turned on its head as Australia dominated the majority of the ball, with ISFA creating chances through counter attacks. The Australians made their possession of the ball count with their number 9 scoring in the 60th minute with a left foot finish into the top right hand corner. 3 minutes after the Australians goal, Ben Clark (Oswestry) won the ball in the centre of the park, Callum Holland found Doku Emmanuele (Brooke House) who advanced into the box and narrowly placed his shot the wrong side of the post. In the 67th minute Australia where awarded an indirect free-kick just inside the 18-yard box. The free-kick resulted in Australia scoring a second goal through their number 7, bringing the game back on level terms. However, in the 78th minute ISFA won a free-kick on the left hand side, 35 yards from goal. A wicked in-swinging delivery from Callum Holland forced the Australian number 14 into an attempted clearance that unfortunately ended up in the back of his own net, giving ISFA a 3-2 lead with 12 minutes to play. Australia had a great chance to equalise with 5 minutes left play, but a wonderful save by sub goal keeper Eddie Allan (Ardingly) maintained ISFA’s advantage with the game finishing 3-2 to the hosts. We wish Australia School the best of luck for the remainder of their tour and look forward to welcoming them in 2020.
Thursday 13th December
ISFA U18 1 ENGLISH COLLEGES 1
(St. George's Park)
Both ISFA and ECFA teams started the game brightly with tactical intent. While two sets of players contested strongly to impose their technical qualities and skill, and gain the initial advantage. ECFA created some early corner pressure, but ISFA defended the set piece well and hunted for the counter attacking opportunity. ECFA pounced quickly onto a loose pass and converted from close range midway through the first half to take a 1-0 lead. An immediate attacking response from ISFA, saw Callum Holland (Epsom College) equalise, with a calm finish into the bottom right corner from 12 yards out. Several changes were made at half time and both teams pushed for the win. ISFA’s Ben Le Rougetel (Millfield) fine shot was brilliantly tipped around the post by the superb ECFA’s goalkeeper. ISFA again went close to wrapping the up the win, when Ada Okorogheye (Royal Russell) headed onto the crossbar from Alessandro Nanni’s (Ardingly) pinpoint cross. Towards the end, both teams displayed enough energy to win the game, but time and the light brought this quality game to an 1-1 ending. The draw saw ISFA retain the Schools shield for another year. St George's Park has again shown some promising signs for the coming year.
Wednesday 12th December
ISFA U18 3 WALES COLLEGES 3
(St George's Park)
ISFA started poorly and struggled to deal with the Welsh pressure. Wales forced two defensive errors in the first 12 minutes of the game and found themselves 2-0 up after some clinical finishing. ISFA finally found their feet and started to gain supremacy in terms of possession and territory. 16 minutes on the clock and Josh Teeluck (Royal Russell) delivered for Matt Bowman (Repton) to finish at the back post. The equaliser came just after half an hour as Callum Holland (Epsom College) broke from his own half to release Ada Okorogheye (Royal Russell) to finish after some fine individual dribbling skills in the opposition box. ISFA continued to create chances and the Welsh keeper made some impressive saves throughout the second half. An intelligent short corner routine saw Holland find George Maxwell (Hampton) to calmly finish to take a deserved lead. ISFA continued to dominate possession but Wales were always looking dangerous on the counter, particularly through their number 9. ISFA were to rue their missed chances though as Wales punished another ISFA error to equaliser in the last few minutes of the game.