The following Squad of players has been selected to play against Scotland Independent Schools U18 on Sunday 30th April at Altrincham FC, kick-off 2.00pm.

Further details to follow but directions to Altrincham FC can be found here.

Calvin Kissi Ardingly
Matt Pickering Bedes
Tommy Trenaman Bedes
Edward Cook Bradfield
Alexander Christie Brighton
James Garrard Charterhouse
Will Davis Hampton
Adebambo Akinjogbin King Alfred
Nicolas Osborne Latymer Upper
Jack Hunter-Lees Millfield
Cormac Pike Millfied
Ewan Gray Queen Ethelburga's
Merlin Ferrinho Repton
Lochlan Greenwood Royal Russell
Jamie Whelan Shrewsbury
Josiah Chilaka Shrewsbury
Quinn McCallean  
Cameron Matthewson King's Worcester
Archie Harker Westminster

Wednesday 12th April
University of Nottingham

Following a gruelling previous day, the U17 national squad welcomed the opportunity to take advantage of the expert direction and fantastic facilities afforded by the University of Nottingham's strength and conditioning team.  Refreshed they prepared to take on Mansfield Town FC's U18s.

ISFA started brightly creating well worked opportunities down the right whilst Tommy Trenaman ran the opposition right back ragged. For all their efforts however they couldn't find the back of the net and it was Mansfield who pegged ISFA back to go 1-0 up. With a more determined effort ISFA able to get themselves back into the game following a fine strike from Archie Harker which rebounded from the bar falling at his feet for a second bite of the cherry.  Mansfield demonstrated their class scoring 2 minutes before the half with a moment of excellence but ISFA had plenty to be positive about going into the break.

ISFA came out more determined than even previously and began once more to open up the opposition with neat and tidy short play, interspersed with incisive and well weighted balls forward.   Defensively ISFA had taken control with Ed Cook and Matt Pickering snuffing out the Mansfield forwards. Frustration threatened to creep in as efforts went unrewarded but, when the ball fell to Nick Osbourne 20 yards out following a poorly cleared free kick in the 90th minute, he produced a goal worth waiting for. ISFA were well worth their 2-2 draw and Osbourne's spectacular strike served as a fitting end to a tour where all the boys demonstrated a determined commitment to showing just how good ISFA football can be.

Tuesday 11th April
Derby County Training Ground

The Under 17's first game on the three day Nottingham Camp was against a terrific Derby County Under 18's side. It was a great opportunity to test ourselves against top quality academy opposition as well as having the chance to play at a fantastic training ground facility.

The game began in a positive fashion with the boys starting brightly. ISFA had early opportunities from two terrific set piece deliveries forcing the keeper into a couple of saves. A quick incisive switch of play from Derby gave them the chance to take the lead. ISFA equalised fortuitously after Will Davies pressed a back pass and the keeper's attempted clearance ricocheted off him into the empty net.

Derby's pace and quality was to take its toll although the ISFA boys continued to work hard, especially in the second half. The game finished 6-1 with two late goals. Although a disappointing result it was a great chance for the lads to test themselves against a top side.

Sunday 5th March
HMS Temeraire, Portsmouth

The ISFA side, playing together for the first time, adapted well to a difficult surface and played some fine passing football, opening the scoring after a shot was saved and, in the ensuing scramble, the ball was poked home by Matt Pickering.  Frustratingly, the Navy equalised on 23 minutes with their first clearcut chance of the game but Calvin Kissi soon restored the lead and ISFA went in at half-time 2-1 ahead.

ISFA spurned a chance to go further ahead early in the second half when they had a penalty saved by the Navy goalkeeper but Ethan Radus eventually added a third for ISFA with a clinical left foot finish.  The Navy had a chance to reduce the deficit in the closing moments, hitting the crossbar from the penalty spot, but 3-1 was a fully justified result.


The following programme of events have been announced for the new ISFA U17 Squad:

Sunday 5th March
ISFA U17 v. The Royal Navy
(HMS Temeraire, Portsmouth, 1.00)

Tuesday 11th March
ISFA U17 v. Derby County
Derby County Training Ground

Wednesday 12th April
ISFA U17 v. Mansfield Town
(University of Nottingham)

Sunday 30th April
England Independent Schools U17 v. Scotland Independent Schools U18
(Altrincham FC, 2.00)


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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)

3rd-7th Apr
ISFA U18 & U16 Tour

5th-7th Apr
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)