Monday 21st October
ISFA U18 GIRLS 3 CAMBRIDGE CITY 0
Huntingdon Town FC
ISFA Under 18's faced Cambridge United under 16's under the floodlights at Huntingdon Towns ground. The game started well for the ISFA select squad with possession laying heavily in their hands. The first real chance for ISFA was when Captain Ellen Jones had the first strike at goal but it was comfortable for the keeper to collect. Evie Thompson spotted an oppurtunity but only managed to find the woodwork when she found the Cambridge keeper off her line with a decent lob. Success came at 35 minutes when Emilia Parsons managed to get one past Cambridge to give ISFA the opening lead.
The second half began with Emilia finding the woodwork yet again. ISFA continued to play neat football, playing out from the back and utilising wide players. However, Cambridge were not without their chances as one period of play gave them a chance to press high but they could not convert it thanks to the solid ISFA defence. In the 60th minute Ellen managed to double the lead after the Cambridge keeper made a good save but Ellen was there to get the rebound. Finally the game was wrapped up when Mya Lewis-Powell powered through the right hand side and managed to find Emilia who confidently slotted it home.
Overall a well battled fight from both teams but ISFA created some very high quality periods of play and looked comfortable playing out from the back.
ISFA GIRLS REPRESENTATIVE PROGRAMME 2019-20 (all dates subject to change)
Trials for squads
October Half Term
Cambridge Development Camp
10th & 11th December 2019
St Georges Park Camp
January – March
Additional fixtures TBC including Scotland tour
MATCH REPORTS 2018/19
Sunday 3rd February
ISFA U18 4 Scotland Independent Schools FA 0
ISFA started strongly and found themselves 1-0 up within 7 minutes, from an Ellen Jones strike from 20-yards. Windy conditions and a rainy start made it a tough first half but the girls rose to the occasion and struck again on the 17th minute, through Mya Lewis-Powell, after some neat team play. Eleanor Franklinwood made some key saves during the first half to keep SISFA at bay. The girls adjusted well to a number of changes from the bench and maintained the 2-0 lead going into half time.
To replicate the first half performance the ISFA girls found the net again with 7 minutes of the restart through Mathilda Finburgh, after a perfectly weighted pass from Ines Sargren. The strong pairing of Eloise Eyre and Bells Wordsworth helped keep a clean sheet for ISFA, both making some vital tackles at key moments in the game. The team utilised the wide areas well and created a number of opportunities with overlapping runs from Lannece Hole and Renee Ojikutu. The final goal of the game came in the 60th minute from a wide free kick finished confidently by Georgia Brown.
An excellent effort from both teams and a fantastic win to end a successful ISFA season. Congratulations to our year 13s who played their final game today, and we wish them success in their next chapter.
Wednesday 12th December
ISFA U18 1 ENGLISH COLLEGES 6
(St. George's Park)
The first half was a competitive and evenly matched performance, with the ISFA girls showing great discipline in their team shape. English Colleges took the lead half way through the first period, with a quick second to follow. Unfortunately an own goal from ISFA took the score to 3, but a great individual goal from Sophie Gillies reduced the deficit to 1-3.
English Colleges brought on a new side of 11 players in the second half and the ISFA girls did brilliantly to keep persevering right through the game. Some great finishes from English Colleges saw the game finish 6-1, but the ISFA team finished the last 10 minutes really strongly with opportunities to score one or two more.
This was a fine team performance from the ISFA, against very strong opponents, to complete a fantastic 2 days at SGP.
Tuesday 11th December
ISFA 18 4 TDK 4
(St. George's Park)
ISFA started the game extremely strongly leading the game 4-0 within 30 minutes with goals from Sophie gillies (2), Ella Needham and a 25 yard cracker from Mya Lewis-Powell. TGK managing to claim one back before the break going into halftime with the score 4-1.
TGK came out fighting in the second half and with a couple individual strikes managed to draw the score level with 10 minutes to play. ISFA finished the game strongly and had chances to win the game, but were unfortunate not to take the game.
Thursday 25th October
CAMBRIDGE CITY 3 ISFA U18 1
(Huntingdon Town FC)
This was certainly a game of 2 halves!
With lots of players being asked to play in unfamiliar positions, some for the first time, the first half was a challenging learning environment for the ISFA girls. Cambridge certainly dominated the half, capitalising on some of ISFA's errors and using the width much more effectively going into half with a commanding 3-0 lead.
However the second half was a totally different story. The ISFA girls played with a new found confidence and belief, producing some brilliant attacking play and working really well as a team. This was rewarded by a goal from Mya Lewis-Powell mid-way through the half. It could have been more with close chances for Helen Kelly and Ella Needham. With Jenny Mathiesen leading the way with a great defensive performance the score remained 3-1 until full time.