A well contested first half saw a workmanlike performance from King Alfred contain King Edward's, Witley to a 2-0 lead at half time. King Edward's were made to work hard in the second half but an excellent team display and individual skills from Osodi, who scored four, ensured a comfortable win for King Edward's Witley.

In a physical encounter Chigwell had the better of the first half going into the break 1-0 up. Harrodian rallied and improved significantly in the second half and made a game of it. After equalising the goals continued to flow as the game opened up but Chigwell finished more clinically and took advantage of some poor defending to run out 4-2 winners. 

Moorland ran out comfortable winners against Westholme. A fine headed brace from Branch was added to by a delightful solo goal from Squires, and an instinctive finish from Contractor to complete the scoring. The Westholme goalkeeper pulled of some fantastic saves to prevent the score line being any higher. 

St Bede’s College were slow to get going and Abbeygate took a two-nil lead. After a re-shuffle St. Bede’s started to settle. Some neat play between Gomez and Mongan, for St. Bede’s, sent Ainscough through on goal and the comeback was on. Ainscough came close to doubling his tally but it was Grady who grabbed the equaliser just before half time. St. Bede’s started the second half strong dominating possession. Agu gave Bede's the lead with a neat finish from just outside the area, before Gomez finished of a passing move. St. Bede’s added another through El Circy. Abbeygate manage to pull one goal back in the later stages to narrow the deficit.  

St John's, Enfield took an early lead against Thorpe House through Fagbohunka. They doubled their lead when Jonscher scored a free kick that sailed over the keeper. Jonscher soon doubled his goal tally and made it three going into half time. In the second half, Thorpe House came out fighting and pulled a goal back. However, St. John’s did not let this put them off and they scored another two goals through Cohen and Fagbohunka. Thorpe House got a consolation goal through a very well worked free kick. 

Farringtons started out on the front foot putting on some early pressure with a string of corners. However, Frensham held firm with some solid defending and some good saves from Palmer. Frensham took the lead after half an hour when Rigg and King worked the ball down the left into Heaney who was there to finish. Early in the second half Frensham were awarded a penalty and Phillips calmly converted. Frensham scored a third through Rigg. Farringtons pulled a goal back late on but Frensham finished off a resilient 3-1 win. 

Hall School v Radnor House was the epitome of a game of two halves. Having taken an early lead, Hall were unable to find the second due to some stern defending, before a loose back pass beat the hall goalkeeper heading straight into the empty net giving Radnor their equaliser. Hall were on the front foot throughout the second half, eventually breaking the Radnor defence to finish the match with a flurry of goals.

Dover College v. Bedales was a highly entertaining end to end game, with both teams creating opportunities and capitalising. After a goal fest in the first half Bedales went into the break 5-2 up. In the second half Bedales came out fighting and the comeback looked to be on as Dover College slotted one home to narrow the deficit. However, Bedales eventually pulled away scoring a further three goals to secure a well-earned victory.

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Oldham Hulme v. Oswestry
St. James Senior Boys v. Ibstock Place
Twycross House v. Kimbolton


The ISFA U16 Shield Final saw current holders, Bournemouth Collegiate, take on Bury Grammar School at the prestige St. George’s Park in Staffordshire.

Bournemouth took a very early lead on the game after a first minute free kick outside the box resulted in a goal mouth scramble with Michael McElhatton putting the ball in the back of the Bury net. Bury reacted quickly and were unlucky to not pull the game back level minutes later with the ball rebounding of the woodwork. Both teams settled into the game displaying some excellent combination play through the thirds but failed to capitalise on the attack. Bury’s, Joe Holland, came closest with a one v one with the goal keeper, but Stantiford-Harvey, the Bournemouth goalkeeper, did extremely well to prevent the goal.

Seconds into the second half Bury’s, Jack Callaghan, took a long range shot which pinged over off the crossbar. Bournemouth reacted quickly and where back on the attack. The second half matched that of the first with both teams playing some great football, but Bury looked that little bit sharper as they hunted for the equaliser. Ethan Brooks of Bury was putting on a fine display and was rewarded with an extremely well taken goal after beating two of the Bournemouth defenders. The game was back level and it really could go either way. Bury were awarded a free kick outside of the box, Stantiford-Harvey gets his hands to it but the Bury attacker is quick to react to puts the ball out to Oliver Mansfield who takes a touch and slots it home to put Bury on top. Bournemouth came back strong and looked extremely dangerous on the attack with Bury failing to clear the ball. Bournemouth Boris Jerzak was unlucky not to equalise with a strong left footed shot. Despite a very tense final five minutes Bury maintained their lead and were crowd ISFA U16 Shield Champions 2016-17. An excellent display of football from both teams in a game that could have gone either way. 

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Oldham Athletic FC V ISFA U16 North
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Sun 29th Oct
ISFA U16 North V Guiseley AFC
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Sun 5th Nov
ISFA South U16A & U16B
v. Kent Schools
(City of London School, 11.00)

Sun 5th Nov
ISFA South U18A, U18B, U17
v. Essex Schools
(Brentwood School, 2.00)

Sun 12th Nov
ISFA South U16 v. Somerset
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U18 & U16 matches
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Representative Camp
(St. George’s Park)

Mon 11th Dec
ISFA U15 v. Burton Albion U16
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ISFA U14B v. Burton Albion U14
(St. George's Park, 6.00)

Tues 12th Dec
ISFA U15 v. Man City
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(St. George's Park, 2.00)

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Representative Camp
(St. George’s Park)

Wed 13th Dec
ISFA U16 v. Burton Albion
(St. George's Park, 6.00)

Wed 13th Dec
Eng ISFA v Welsh Colleges
(St. George's Park, 6.00)

Thurs 14th Dec
ISFA U16 v. Chesterfield
(St. George's Park, 2.00)

Thurs 14th Dec
ISFA U18 v. English Colleges
(St. George's Park, 2.00)

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(Lilleshall, 11:30)

Sun 21st Jan
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(Finch Farm, 12.00)

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ISFA U18 v. Welsh Schools
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Sun 11th March
ISFA U16 v. Millwall FC
(City of London School, 11.00)

Tues. 13th Mar
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(MK Dons FC, 7.00)

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