ISFA UNDER-17 REPRESENTATIVE TEAM

ISFA U17 GO DOWN TO SCOTLAND U18

Sunday 30th April
ENGLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS U17 0
SCOTLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS U18 1
(Altrincham FC)

The Scots had the better of a somewhat scrappy first half and took the lead from a wonderfully executed free-kick 30 yards out which sailed over the wall and into the top corner.  England improved after the break and enjoyed a territorial advantage but, one fine save by the Scottish goalkeeper excepted, seldom looked like forcing an equaliser.  The Scots also had their chances on the break, forcing Quinn McCallean to one particularly good save, but otherwise they were happy to see out the game for a much celebrated win.

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England Squad:

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
Ewan Gray Queen Ethelburga's
Merlin Ferrinho Repton
Lochlan Greenwood Royal Russell
Jamie Whelan Shrewsbury
Josiah Chilaka Shrewsbury
Quinn McCallean  Bradfield

Wednesday 12th April
ISFA U17 2 MANSFIELD TOWN 2
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 6 ISFA U17 1
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
THE ROYAL NAVY 1 ISFA U17 3
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.

 

 

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