ISFA UNDER-16 REPRESENTATIVE TEAM

ISFA U16 LOSE FINAL MATCH IN BELGIUM

MATCH REPORTS 2017-18

Thursday 12th April
(Belgium Tour)

AFC TUBIZE 6 ISFA U16 2

ISFA finished a thoroughly impressive unbeaten season with a draw against a physical Tubize side. ISFA started far the stronger team carving out numerous opportunities. Tommy Trenaman (Bede’s) opened the scoring getting on the end of a Sam Haynes (Bradfield) cross. Ada Okorogheye (Royal Russell) doubled the lead after his forward teammate Josiah Chilaka (Shrewsbury) headed back across goal.  The team though squandered many opportunities and were twice caught on the break to make it 2-2 against the run of play at half time.

A fresh set of Tubize players were brought on for the second half but ISFA were still able to reinsert their dominant play. The move of the match saw a spell of possession result in wing back Josh Newbury-Teeluck (Royal Russell) cross to find opposite wing back Matt Bowman (Repton) to finish. More chances came their way but a penalty for an off the ball incident on a corner was awarded and converted for the opposition to equalise. ISFA continued to dominate but were unable to find the winner they deserved. The team ended disappointed with the result but proud of their performances in their unbeaten year.

Tuesday 10th April
(Belgium Tour)

KAA GENT 7 ISFA U16 3

After conceding within the first minute ISFA battled back to equalise through a deflected shot from Rafa Kaidussis (Millfield) and take the lead with a headed effort from Tom Collings (Bede’s). Just before the break ISFA extended their lead through a well finished Josh Scott (Red House) strike.

ISFA had the first chance of the second half but the opportunity was missed and Gent scored on the counter attack. The home side dominated the next 15 minutes scoring 6 goals. ISFA created a number of opportunities to reduce the deficit but the score finished 7-3.

Sunday 11th February 
(Cardinal Langley RC HS)

ISFA U16 0 Oldham Athletic FC 1

An injury and illness hit ISFA U16s travelled north to play their second game of 2018, this time against Oldham Athletic.  In cold and windy conditions, the first half was a very scrappy affair with both sides struggling to maintain possession and build attacks. The compact pitch and strong wind lead to a disjointed first 40 minutes but ISFA gradually began to exert control, looking increasingly assured in possession. Injuries and illness reduced numbers further for ISFA and it was after going down to 10 men that Oldham took the lead with a deflected shot from the edge of the area. This seemed to give ISFA their second wind as they gradually managed to build pressure and, in a final push, tested the Oldham 'keeper on several occasions, hit the post and saw a header from 8 yards out narrowly drift past the stranded 'keeper and the far post. The team worked exceptionally hard, pushing Oldham all the way and everyone should be proud of their efforts.  A big thank you to Oldham for hosting a competitive fixture and ISFA now look forward to playing Millwall in March and building towards the exciting tour to Belgium in April. 

Sunday 21st January
(Finch Farm)

ISFA U16 0 Everton 2

In near Arctic conditions, but on a perfect playing surface at Everton’s USM Finch Farm Academy, ISFA settled early nerves and took the game to Everton. An early 1 on 1 was well saved by the Everton ‘keeper as ISFA stringed together some impressive moves and created opportunities to score. However, Everton showed how clinical they were, hitting back with a superb counter attack to take the lead at half time. ISFA again created chances in the 2nd half but Everton scored a second goal with a superb header from a freekick. ISFA then hit the post, missed several chances and had a goal rightly disallowed for offside before Everton forced 2 good saves in the final minutes.

This was a really enjoyable and competitive game played in an excellent manner by both sides. A huge thank you to Everton for hosting us so well and it was very encouraging to see the ISFA U16s put in their best performance so far, which sets the bar high for the remaining games of the season.

ISFA NARROWLY DEFEATED IN FIRST SGP FIXTURE

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

ISFA U16 2 Shrewsbury Town 3

ISFA had the first chance of the match with Josh Scott (Red House) winning the ball back on the edge of the Shrewsbury box then attempting to chip the goalkeeper only to see the ball hit the top of the crossbar. Despite this early scare Shrewsbury took the lead following a quick counter attack. The score remained 0-1 for the rest of the first half. In the second half again ISFA pressed for an equaliser and their efforts were rewarded when Joe MacDonald's (Brentwood) shot was spilled over the line by the Shrewsbury goalkeeper. However, Shrewsbury scored two quick goals to make the score 1-3. Jake Raine (Repton) pulled a goal back for ISFA, finishing an excellent move down the left wing with a low shot that found the bottom left of the goal. Despite a frantic last 5 minutes ISFA could not find an equaliser and the match finished 2-3. 

All photographs of the Final are courtesy of RWT Photography. These and other photographs of the match, along with team photos, and the post-match presentations, along with the match DVD, can be ordered from www.rwt-photography.co.uk or by ringing 01733 204445.

2017-18 PROGRAMME

13th – 14th December 2017
ISFA U16 Camp
(St. George’s Park)

Wednesday 13th December
ISFA U16 v Shrewsbury Town
(St. George's Park, 6.00)

Thursday 14th December
ISFA U16 v Elite Showcase (CANCELLED)
(St. George's Park, 2.00)

Sunday 21st January
ISFA U16 vs. Everton
(Finch Farm, 12.00)

Sunday 11th February 2018
ISFA U16 vs. Oldham
(Chapel Road Training Ground, 12.00)

Sunday 11th March 2018
ISFA U16 v. Millwall FC (CANCELLED)
(City of London School, 11.00)

9th - 13th April
European Tour (Belgium)

ISFA FINISH THIRD AT OAKHAM ACADEMY TOURNAMENT

After an afternoon's training, ISFA took on 3 EFL clubs over two days in the Oakham Academy Tournament.

ISFA U16 0 COLCHESTER UNITED 1

ISFA started well creating 3 early 1 on 1 chances against Colchester.  However, in a hectic game, it was Colchester who took the lead after a goalmouth scramble.  ISFA worked hard in the second half but couldn't find an equaliser in what was an entertaining game.

ISFA U16 0 BRISTOL CITY 4

After a well balanced balanced opening period, the deadlock was broken by Bristol with an impressive counter attack.  In the second half, Bristol then took control, scoring an early second goal before then adding 2 late goals to prevent an ISFA comeback.

ISFA U16 1  ROTHERHAM UNITED 0

A much improved ISFA side impressed against Rotherham in the final group game.  Controlling possession, ISFA looked to impose their style whilst Rotherham threatened on the counter.  However, ISFA took the win with a superb team move in the second half that was calmly finished by Connor Manning. (Westminster).

On the second day, Semi-Finals and a 3rd Place Play-Off took place.

ISFA U16 1 COLCHESTER  UNITED 2

ISFA impressed with their best half of the tournament, controlling possession and playing the game high up in the opposition's half.  Jack Brown (Brentwood) rounded off an incisive move down the left to take ISFA in at half time 1-0 up.  Colchester came out the stronger of the two sides in the 2nd half and grabbed a deserved equaliser before scoring a second on the counter to win the game.

ISFA U16 2 ROTHERHAM UNITED 0

ISFA secured 3rd place in the tournament with an impressive final performance, looking solid in defence and calm and composed in possession.  Joe MacDonald (Brentwood) smashed home from 30 yards out to put ISFA 1-0 up at the break.  An impressive 2nd half saw ISFA take control of the match and MacDonald secured the win with a thunderbolt left-footed drive following a corner.

After an encouraging camp, eyes now turn to the South and North trials which will take place in September/October as players will be invited to retrial for the upcoming season.

 

 

 

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24th - 26th July 2018
U16 Academy Tournament 
(Oakham)

31st July - 2nd Aug 2018
U14 Academy Tournament 
(Oakham)

17th - 19th Aug 2018
U14 & U15 Rep Camp
(Harrow)

Sun 9th Sept 2018
ISFA Sixes
(Chigwell)

Sun 16th Sept 2018
South U16  Trials 
(Eton, 11:00)

Sun 16th Sept 2018
South U18  Trials 
(Eton, 14:00)

Sun 14th Oct 2018
South U18A&B & U17 V. Kent Corinthian Casuals 
(Charterhouse, 14:00

Sun 14th Oct 2018
South U16 A&B V. Essex Schools
(Chigwell, 14:00)

Sun 4th Nov 2018
ISFA South U18A&B & U17 V. Essex
(Brentwood, 14:00)

Sun 4th Nov 2018
ISFA South U16A&B V. Kent Schools
(City of London, 14:00)

Sun 25th Nov 2018
ISFA U18, U17 & U16 Final Trials 
(Shrewsbury, 14:00)

12th - 13th Dec 2018
ISFA U16/U18 Rep Camps
(St. George's Park)

Wed 12th Dec 2018
ISFA U18 V. Welsh Colleges
(St. George's Park, 18:00)

Thurs 13th Dec 2018
ISFA U18 V. English Colleges
(St. George's Park, 14:00)

17th - 19th Dec 2018
ISFA U14/U15 Rep Camps
(Surrey Sports Park)

Wed 19th Dec 2018
ISFA U14 & U15 v. Brighton & Hove Albion
(Surrey Sports Park)

Sun 13th Jan 2019
ISFA U18 & U16 Boys V. Australia Schools
(Clifton College, 14:00)

Wed 6th March 2019
Barry Burns Northern Eights
(Bolton School)

16th/17th April 2019
ISFA U14A/U15 Camp 
(St. George's Park)

Thurs 25th April 2019
ISFA U16 Shield Final 
(St. George's Park, 18:00)