EASTER HOLIDAYS - TOUR TO SCOTLAND
Thursday 6th April
CELTIC 2 ISFA U14 2
A wonder strike from Harrison Solomon gave ISFA U14 a richly deserved draw. After a quick start Ben Wyss scored a cool finish to put ISFA 1-0 up. ISFA held out for the next 40 minutes whilst nearly scoring a second, with a 15 pass move being denied by the post from 20 yards, Celtic then scored a messy free kick scramble and from 20 yard hit to go 2-1 up. Going into the third period ISFA pushed for an equaliser switching to 4-4-2 and secured the draw with Harrison's wonder strike.
Wednesday 5th April
ST. MIRREN 1 ISFA U14 10
ISFA were made to work hard for a 2-0 lead during the game's first quarter by technically adept opponents. A further two goals in the second period enabled ISFA to reach half-time four goals to the good.
It was during the third quarter that ISFA's greater physicality and height advantage was seen to best effect as a further five goals were added to the scoreline. James Foster, impressive in front of goal, contributed five goals hinself; Dan Oyegoke, who orchestrated many of ISFA'S best moves, scored two of the goals; as did tricky winger, Ben Wyss. Louis Becket, who broke up many of the St Mirren attacks, drove into the opposition box to score ISFA's fourth goal to complete a comprehensive victory.
CHRISTMAS CAMP AT ST. GEORGE'S PARK
ISFA U14 White 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
St George’s Park
ISFA started well and held their own for much of the first half until the Wolves centre forward headed home just before half time. Fatigue became a factor in the final quarter of the game and Wolves added three more in the later stages though ISFA did pull back a consolation goal through John Sasere.
ISFA U14 Blue 3 Derby County 5
St George’s Park
ISFA put in a really good performance and created a host of chances against Derby. In a match of three thirds ISFA more than matched their opponents in two of them but Derby showed their class in the middle third to clinch the match. Sam Bird, Alex Baker (pen) and Louis Becket scored the ISFA goals.
ISFA U14 White 7 Burton Albion U14 2
St. George's Park
ISFA took a firm grip on the game from the start and a flurry of goals effectively secured the victory within 20 minutes. The second half was more even but ISFA still ran out comfortable winners. Scorers: Alex Grocott, Jameson Goloba (2), Luke Cook and a hat-trick from Freddie Fraser-Grante.
ISFA U14 Blue 5 Burton Albion U14 0
St. George's Park
ISFA started the game strongly and showed real promise throughout. The boys worked well as a team retaining possession and creating some good link up play. The boys went 2-0 up in the first half an hour and maintained play to slot home three more goals running out comfortable 5-0 winners. Scorers: James Foster (2), Louise Beckett, Alex Baker and Daniel Oyegoke.
ISFA U14 IN ACTION DURING OCTOBER HALF-TERM
Two ISFA U14 teams were in action at Oakham School during the October half-term in preparation for December's visit to The FA National Football Centre at St. George's Park.
ISFA BLUE 0 BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SCHOOLS 1
A well-matched game saw chances go begging for both sides in a pulsating encounter. ISFA played some neat passing football but couldn’t find the breakthrough and were undone by a penalty in the last five minutes. A good advert for schoolboy football.
ISFA WHITE 1 BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SCHOOLS 2
ISFA rued missed opportunities in this encounter and were made to pay against combative and hardworking opposition. Once again it was a tale of what might have been and whilst a towering Drew Baker header from a corner led to late pressure, ISFA were unable to carve out an equaliser. Nevertheless, two good games of football against doughty opponents proved a good test for the national U14 squad.
THREE ISFA TEAMS IN ACTION DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS
With two ISFA teams having already competed at the Oakham Festival earlier in the month, a third U14 Squad of players took to the field at Harrow School.
Saturday 20th August
ISFA 0 CRYSTAL PALACE 4
ISFA put in a doughty performance against strong opposition at Harrow and ran them closer than the scoreline suggests. With the game at 1-0 in the visitors favour a Laurie Goddard thunderbolt crashed against the crossbar and rebounded to safety and within minutes the Eagles had doubled their advantage. However, there were plenty of positives to take from this clash as both teams performed admirably and played in an excellent spirit.
Sunday 21st August
ISFA 0 CAMBRIDGE CITY 4
Valiant defending from this squad kept a physically superior opposition down to just the one goal by the end of the second period. The final twenty minutes were challenging for the ISFA boys with three more goals added to the Cambridge score.
PLENTY OF SUCCESS AT OAKHAM ACADEMY FESTIVAL
A new season of ISFA football kicked with two ISFA U14 Squads, selected following the U13 Regional Festival at Shrewsbury last April, heading for Oakham for the Oakham Academy Festival - a three day event with a large number of Academies in attendance, playing 2-3 shortened matches of 20 minutes each way each day.
Day 3 - Sunday 7th August
ISFA 3 DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC 1
ISFA reversed the result from Saturday with a top-notch performance against their Scottish opponents. Freddie Fraser-Grante, Jameson Goloba (penalty) and an own goal after a vicious cross from Max Haughton were just reward for a fantastic display as they boys showed they are beginning to understand each other’s game.
ISFA 4 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 0
ISFA started the game brightly playing some excellent football. Eno Nto opened the scoring and further goals from Matt Diaz Rainey (2) and James Foster ensured a 4-0 win to ISFA.
ISFA 5 MILTON KEYNES DONS 1
Despite being the last game of the tour the ISFA boys looked full of energy and put in a good performance against the technically strong MK Dons side. A hat trick from James Foster and goals from John Sassere and Charlie Savage ensured a 5-1 victory.
ISFA 6 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 0
ISFA rounded off three successful days with a cracking win over Peterborough. Max Haughton took his tally for the festival to five with a brace whilst there were further goals for Luke Cook, Jameson Goloba and Freddie Fraser-Grante. However, this was a real team performance as the boys adapted to a different shape of 3-5-2 and showed real class in this performance. It has been a pleasure to work with such a group of well-behaved and enthusiastic young men and they can be proud of their displays throughout this festival.
Day 2 - Saturday 6th August
ISFA 1 MILLWALL 4
A rematch for ISFA against Millwall got off to another poor start as a penalty was awarded to and converted by the opposition. Further goals from the dominant Millwall side made it 3-0 at half time. ISFA did not stop working and made it a very even second half. They got their deserved goal through Eno Nto.
ISFA 0 BIRMINGHAM CITY 0
An excellent defensive display from ISFA limited their opposition to very few chances. As the game grew on, the team took more of a stronghold. Some great chances were tied at the end of the game and it finished stalemate.
ISFA 2 CHESTERFIELD 1
ISFA put in a solid performance, coming from behind to record another win. Max Haughton and a James Foster thunderbolt ensured ISFA wrapped up a deserved win.
ISFA 1 DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC 2
A last gasp goal broke ISFA hearts! A tidy Luke Cook finish had been scant reward for first half dominance that saw a plethora of opportunities go begging. The Scots enjoyed the majority of the possession in the second half but a draw, the least ISFA deserved, was denied by that late goal
ISFA 0 FC DALLAS (USA) 2
ISFA came up against a strong physical FC Dallas team who had not been beaten whilst on tour. ISFA conceded an early goal from a corner, followed by a long range effort that flew into the top corner. Despite conceding two early goals the ISFA boys battled well and created some good opportunities. At half time ISFA adjusted to try and cope with the physicality of the American team and in the second half had sustained periods of good possession and created some good chances that unfortunately they couldn't convert. The game finished 2-0 but the ISFA boys should be very proud of their performance.
Day 1 - Friday 5th August
ISFA 2 LEICESTER CITY 0
What better way to start a new season than a match against the reigning English champions! ISFA opened the festival with a bang as Max Haughton bagged a brace in a 2-0 win over a strong Leicester side. Both goals were superbly assisted by the wing wizardry of Alex Baker. A fantastic performance to start things off.
ISFA 2 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1
A good strong first half from ISFA. An early goal came from John Sasere after good work from Louis Beckett. ISFA doubled their lead early in the second half after a clearance from the GK was flicked on by Sasere for Luke Cook to run onto and slot home. Cambridge made it interesting last five minutes after an outstanding free kick from 20 yards.
ISFA 0 MILLWALL 6
ISFA came up against an extremely physical and talented Millwall side. Early goals from their talented centre forward made things difficult. ISFA though enjoyed some good spells of football and improved throughout the game.
Another ISFA U14 Squad will attend a Festival at Harrow School from 19th-21st August, playing two full matches, one of them against Crystal Palace.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
ISFA U14 Development Camp at Oakham School (2 squads)
ISFA U14 Development Camp at National Football Centre, St. George's Park (2 squads)
5th-7th April 2017
ISFA U14A Squad - Tour to Scotland
18th-20th August 2017
ISFA U15 Development Camp at Harrow School
Sun 12th Mar
ISFA U16 v. Millwall
(City of London School
Playing Fields, 11.00)
Mon 20th Mar
Boodles ISFA Cup Final
Millfield v. Royal Russell
(MK Dons FC, 7.00)
ISFA U18 & U16 Tour
ISFA U15 & U14 Tour
Thurs 27th Apr
ISFA U16 Shield Final
(St. George's Park, 6.00)
Sun 30th Apr
ISFA U17 v.
Scotland Independent Schools
(Altrincham FC, 2.00)