ISFA UNDER-18 REPRESENTATIVE TEAM

ISFA U18 DRAW AGAINST THE SCOTTISH SCHOOLS FA

MATCH REPORTS 2017-18

Monday 12th February 
(The Toryglen National Football Centre)

ISFA U18 1 Scottish Schools FA 1

During the half term break the ISFA U18s faced a long trip up to Scotland to play the Scottish Schools U18 side at the Toryglen National Football Centre. The first half saw a competitive 40 minute period with the Scottish looking more controlled in possession. However, ISFA had the best chance of the half. After neat build up play, Ada Okorogheye (Royal Russell) flashed a shot across the Scottish box that Matthew Bowman (Repton) was just unable to get on the end of. The second half saw ISFA dominate possession and started to play with more authority through the thirds. It was against the run of play that after 55 minutes ISFA fell behind. A good run and cross from the Scottish Number 7 was converted on the back post by the opposite wide play to give the Scots a 1-0 lead. This saw a slight tactical switch and one that was to reap the rewards as 10 minutes later ISFA were back on level terms. Good work form the Royal Russel pair of Josh Newbury-Teeluck saw the ball find itself at Adam Aziz’s feet and his drive into the box saw him unleash a shot into the right hand corner to level the game up. The scorline remained level and ISFA can be pleased with a much improved second half performance.

Sunday 4th February
(The New Saints FC, Oswestry)

ISFA U18 4 Welsh Schools 0

After the disappointing abandoned draw last time out against ESFA, the team were keen to make an impression in this fixture. Held at the stadium of Welsh Premier League Champions TNS, this is always a tough fixture.

ISFA dominated the first half in terms of possession and chances whilst keeping the outstanding Wales number 9 under wraps. The opening goal came as a neat through ball from Adam Aziz (Royal Russell) found Josiah Chilaka (Shrewsbury) clean though on goal who calmly slotted the ball home. Many chances followed and ISFA should have moved further clear. The all important second goal eventually came just before half time as a corner was bundled over the line by Matt Pickering (Bede’s).

The second half started in a completely different manner with the Welsh working tirelessly to get back in to the game. They were though, to rue missed chances, particularly one that required a goal line clearance from Ben Clark (Oswestry). As the game opened up, ISFA carved out an excellent third with Aziz once again the creator with an inventive scoop that was met by Josh Newbury-Teeluck (Royal Russell) who was clinical with the finish. ISFA regained complete control of the game and Aziz rounded of a superb game with the team’s fourth.

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Saturday 20th January
(Lilleshall)

English Schools FA 1 ISFA U18 1
(abandoned after 75 minutes)

ISFA faced a strong ESFA side in a heavy snow storm which caused the game to finish after 70 minutes at 1-1. ISFA got off to a great start pressing all over the pitch and their hard work was rewarded with the opening goal scored by Josh Newbury-Teeluck (Royal Russell) following some very neat one touch play within the ESFA area. ISFA continued to have the majority of the possession before a mistake at the back gifted ESFA the equaliser which took the teams in level at half time.

The snow began to fall heavier during the second half which stopped both teams playing the football they desired. The ISFA back line were in great form minimising ESFA to very few chances in an extremely short half second half. ISFA produced a late surge coming close to grabbing the winner with a few late chances before the referee called time on the game.

Thursday 14th December
(St. George's Park)

ISFA U18 3 English Colleges U18

The second game in two days was always going to be a massive test for the ISFA team. An extremely even affair saw both teams enjoying spells of possession. It was ISFA though who created the better chances. An excellent counter attack saw Tommy Trenaman (Bede’s) release Merlin Ferrinho (Repton) who calmly slotted past the opposition keeper. ECFA started the second off with a ferocious intensity that started to ask some questions of the ISFA defence. A misplaced pass though fell to Calvin Kissi (Ardingly) who struck from distance. This goal changed the game and ISFA started to take control of the game. Kissi got a second from a well worked set piece and ISFA earned their second International victory of the season. 

Wednesday 13th December
(St. George’s Park)

ISFA U18 4 Welsh Colleges U18 1

ISFA braved the weather on a perfect pitch at St George’s Park. The opening encounters were very even as both teams pressed with intensity. ISFA gained control of the game and deservedly opened the scoring through Sam Arbuckle (Alleyn’s). The second half was an outstanding display of football and ISFA dominated throughout. Tommy Trenaman (Bede’s) scored two and Calvin Kissi (Ardingly) completed the tally.

2017-18 PROGRAMME

Wednesday 13th December 
English Independent Schools v. Welsh Colleges 
(St. George's Park, 6.00)

Thursday 14th December
ISFA U18 v. English Colleges
(St. George's Park, 3.00)

Saturday 20th January
ISFA U18 v. English Schools FA
(Lilleshall, 11.30)

Sunday 4th February
Welsh Colleges v. English Independent Schools
(The New Saints FC, Oswestry, 2.00)

Monday 12th February
Scottish Schools v. English Independent Schools
Toryglen Centre, Glasgow, 4.00)

Friday 30th March 
ISFA U18 v Lancaster University
(St George’s Park, 11.30)

9th - 13th April
European Tour (Belgium)

More fixtures will be added in due course

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ISFA U17 v. The Royal Navy
(HMS Temeraire, Portsmouth, 1.00)

Mon 5th Mar
Boodles ISFA Cup Final
(MK Dons FC, 7.00)

Sun 11th March
ISFA U16 v. Millwall FC
(City of London School, 11.00)

Thurs. 15th Mar
Investec ISFA U15 Cup Final
(Burton Albion FC, 6.00)

Friday 30th Mar
ISFA U17 v Lancaster University
(St George’s Park, 1.15)

Friday 30th Mar
ISFA U18 v Lancaster University
(St George’s Park, 11.30)

3rd – 5th April 
ISFA U14/15 Tour 
(Scotland)

9th - 13th April
ISFA U16/18 Tour
(Belgium)