ISFA UNDER-16 REPRESENTATIVE TEAM

GERMANY TOUR

Thursday 6th April
VIKTORIA BERLIN 1 ISFA U16 4

In an intense encounter ISFA started the brightest and took an early lead. Seb Marsi (Bury) finished accurately after George Maxwell (Hampton) split the defense with a pinpoint through-ball. Nassouh Kabbani (Manchester) doubled the advantage with a deflected shot from 20 yards. Shaun-Chris Joash (Hampton) added a third volleying home a corner from the right at the back post.

In the second half Viktoria took control of the ball with ISFA happy to consolidate their lead and play on the break. Viktoria reduced the deficit halfway through the half but ISFA confirmed the win when Joe Berks (Denstone) beat his man and released Gabriel McGill (St. Peter's, York) through on goal. Gabriel calmly rounded the goalkeeper and taped the ball over the line. The match finished with ISFA taking a 4-1 victory in their third match on tour.

The team should be immensely proud of their efforts over the past few days and the boys have been excellent representatives of Independent Schoolboy football in England.

Wednesday 5th April
UNION BERLIN 2 ISFA U16 2

In similar fashion to the previous day's fixture, ISFA started on the front foot and took the lead on ten minutes when Pieter Stein (Millfield) put Gabriel McGill (St. Peter's, York) through on goal. Gabriel finished with the outside of his right foot low to the keeper's right. Union equalised in the first minute of the second half from the penalty spot and then took the lead in their next attack after an aggressive press. ISFA regrouped and pushed forwards and the game became very open with both teams attacking and counter-attacking. The best move of the match lead to ISFA's equaliser. The move included excellent combination play on the left wing and Matthew Bowman's (Scarborough) disguised through ball set Pieter up to slot the ball home last the stranded goalkeeper. ISFA could of snatched a late winner but the match finished 2-2. Thank you to Union Berlin for their hospitality.

Tuesday 4th April
HERTHA BERLIN 0 ISFA U16 3

ISFA had the first chances of the game and Gabriel McGill (St Peter's, York) came close heading against the post following a good move down the right wing. Minutes later Shaun-Chris Joash (Hampton) crossed from the left and McGill bundled the ball home at the near post to give a deserved lead to the away team. In the second half ISFA continued to press and scored a second goal following a corner which was deflected in off a defender. With a two goal cushion ISFA kept possession of the ball and showed good patience and discipline. With fifteen minutes remaining Seb Marsi (Bury) put Joe Berks (Denstone) through on goal and he finished excellently, low to the keepers left to cap an impressive performance.

A huge thank you to Hertha Berlin for their excellent hospitality and a great football match.

OTHER MATCH REPORTS

ISFA U16 2 Millwall 2
City of London

The game started at a fast pace with Millwall threatening in behind and ISFA looking to take advantage of space between the lines.  However, it was Millwall who took the lead with a ball in behind the defence and an impressive finish in to the bottom corner.  ISFA grew in to the game and began to find players between the lines, and it was Pieter Stein (Millfield) who then found space on the edge of the box, cut inside and produced a superb finish in to the bottom corner.  Further chances came and went before Matthew Bowman (Scarborough), found space between the lines, clipped the ball over the defender and finished calmly in to the corner. 

ISFA started well in the 2nd half looking to control the tempo and produced a number of chances with the Millwall 'keeper saving well.  However, Millwall came back strongly, equalising from the penalty spot and despite a final push from ISFA, they couldn't quite find the winner as the game ended in an enjoyable draw.  A huge thank you to Millwall for such an entertaining and competitive game as ISFA U16s now look forward to Bundesliga opposition in Germany.

ISFA U16 2 - 0 Everton
Finch Farm (Everton)

In the first half ISFA created a number of opportunities to score, winning the ball high up the field and attacking quickly. Gabriel McGill (St. Peter's, York) scored ISFA's first goal finishing low to the goalkeepers right with the assist coming from Joe Berks (Denstone). Within 10 minutes ISFA had doubled their advantage when Matthew Bowman (Scarborough) found space on the right and crossed low for Will Gibbons (Wolverhampton) to sidefoot home. In the second half Everton pushed for a goal of their own but ISFA defended well limiting their opponents to only half chances and the match finished 0-2. 

BERLIN CONFIRMED AS TOUR VENUE

ISFA is pleased to announce that this season's U18 and U16 Easter Tour will be to Germany, with the group based in Berlin.  Amongst the teams that have agreed to play ISFA are Bundesliga outfit, Hertha Berlin.

The Tour will take place between 3rd-7th April.

ISFA U16 DEFEAT CHESTERFIELD AND NOTTS COUNTY AT ST. GEORGE'S PARK

ISFA U16 3 Chesterfield 1
St George's Park

Chesterfield started at an impressive tempo and soon took the lead with a ball in behind the ISFA defence.  However, ISFA grew in to the match and Matthew Bowman (Scarborough) equalised with a fine drive into the far corner.  The 2nd half saw ISFA continue to battle hard to get into the game and it was good work from William Gibbons (Wolverhampton) following a corner that allowed Nassouh Kabbani (Manchester Grammar) to control and tuck home from 6 yards out.  The game then came to an end with a flowing movement down the right and Matthew Bowman was brought down in the box for a penalty.  Gabriel McGill (St. Peter’s, York) stepped up and calmly finished to give ISFA a 3-1 

ISFA U16 6 Notts County 3
St George’s Park

After conceding in the opening minute the U16’s took control of the match with first half goals from Gabriel McGill (St. Peter’s, York), Matthew Bowman (Scarborough) and Will Gibbons (Wolverhampton). The second half started as the first with Notts County scoring within the opening minute from a lapse in concentration from the ISFA team. After this setback ISFA again looked strong and soon scored with a dazzling run and finish from centre back Tommy Redhead (Chigwell). Will Donkin (Eton) added a fifth following a well worked move in the final third and Josh Bowers (Bolton) finished the scoring with an excellently taken penalty after being felled in the box. The score finished 6-3.

ISFA U16 Fixtures (2016/17):

Sunday 5th February
Everton V ISFA U16 KO 1200

Sunday 12th March
ISFA U16 vs. Millwall KO 1100 
(City of London School Playing Fields)

ISFA Tour
Monday 3rd - Friday 7th April
Germany

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ISFA U16 v. Millwall
(City of London School
Playing Fields, 11.00)

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(MK Dons FC, 7.00)

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ISFA U18 & U16 Tour

5th-7th Apr
ISFA U15 & U14 Tour
(Scotland)

Thurs 27th Apr
ISFA U16 Shield Final
(St. George's Park, 6.00)

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