The programme will resume after Christmas.
Following the cancellation of the Easter Festival at Shrewsbury, selections were made based on recommendations from U13 regional caoches. Towards the end of the season, there will be further trials for boys who have not previously been in the system and who will thus have the opportunity to feed into the U15 Squad for 2021-22.
LONDON CAMP: 18th/19th DECEMBER 2019
ISFA U14A 1 CHELSEA 4
ISFA started brightly and managed to hold off the aggressive press of the Chelsea players. The deadlock was broken after about 15 mins when a good through ball found the Chelsea forward who finished calmly. ISFA continued to defend well and created some good chances on the break. They were rewarded with 10mins to go til half time after a good finish from Archie. Chelsea then scored a long range effort just before half time.
The second half saw ISFA have a few chances but the quality of the Chelsea players and their work rate out of possession meant it was tough for the ISFA boys. Two further goals from Chelsea secured the win, but the ISFA boys can be proud of their efforts ensuring a highly entertaining and competitive game .
ISFA U14B 0 PORTSMOUTH U15 7
A difficult afternoon for ISFA as they played an U15 academy side at Surrey Sports Park. Pompey were 3-0 up inside eight minutes but ISFA recovered well and two late goals were a harsh way to end the game. Lots of positives and a battling performance from a group of players who took on board tactical advice and played with terrific spirit
ISFA U14B 2 BRIGHTON & HOVE U14 DEVELOPMENT 0
In dreadfully weather conditions, the ISFA team came away with a very encouraging win. Playing the match in 4 x 20 minute periods, it was Brighton, with the wind at their backs who started off the best, hitting the woodwork twice in the first period. As ISFA started to get used to the conditions they came into the game strongly and took the lead when Travis' ball found the industrious Anthony who lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper. Sol,Anthony and Travis all had good chances to increase the lead but ISFA were indebted to keeper Jack who produced a good save before the end of the first half.
In the second half, ISFA gradually took control of the game, although clear cut chances were hard to come by. Patrick settled the game late on when his long range effort took a big deflection and looped over the Brighton keeper. Centre half Harry had a great chance at the end but his close range effort was cleared off the line by the scrambling Brighton defence.
Although conditions were the dominant factor, it was pleasing to see the ISFA team gain confidence as the game progressed. They looked a threat going forward and it was also pleasing to see them keep a clean sheet.
ISFA U14A 3 BROMLEY 3
ISFA put in a terrific performance at Bromley and scored a late equaliser to bag a deserved draw. In filthy conditions, ISFA played some terrific slick passing football. Bromley played well in an evenly matched fixture with ISFA goals coming from Benji Stanley and an Adam Lonsdale brace.
HARROW CAMP: AUGUST 2019
ISFA U14 6 Kent Schools 2
A fantastic performance from isfa saw them emerge victorious after a pulsating clash against strong opposition. It was a fitting end to a productive camp at Harrow School and a late flurry of goals saw ISFA home in what was a tight encounter for long periods. Mo Aderinto (2), Anthony Sheridan (2), Cameron Kerr and Tim Sion were on target for ISFA.
ISFA U14 2 Bromley FC U15 10
ISFA put up a spirited showing against opposition who were physically too strong for them. Despite the scoreline there were positives to take not least of which were goals for Mo Aderinto and Noah McCann.
ISFA 14 C 2 East Base Soccer Academy 5
ISFA started strongly against a physical East London soccer base side and went 1-0 up thanks to a goal from Sol Aribib. However, the lead was short-lived and the opposition equalised quickly through an impressive finish. Despite not having much possession ISFA continued to try and counter-attack and were rewarded for their efforts after Ollie Spinks put in a rebound from a free-kick to take a 2-1 lead. As the game went on the oppositions fitness and possession started to dominate and they equalised from a corner. Unfortunately, in the last 10 mins, the ISFA boys tired and a few late goals saw the East Base Soccer Academy run away with a 5-2 victory.
ISFA U14 C 2 Histen FC U15/14/13 5
Histen who had a mixed team started slowly. ISFA took a quick 2 nil lead off the back of this start, Sol Aribib got both goals. Both were fine finishes with 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper. Histen team then reorganised and fired themselves back into a 3-2 lead before half time. ISFA pushed for a lead an equaliser in the second half but sadly got caught on the break twice. The final score being 5-2.
OAKHAM ACADEMY FESTIVAL 2019
DAY 3: 8th AUGUST 2019
ISFA U14 1 Hull City 1
A heartbreaking equaliser in the last seconds denied ISFA a place in the final after a terrific performance against Hull. Freddie Issaka was on target and ISFA had opportunities for further goals before a late deflected shot saw The Tigers snatch an equaliser. In the ensuing penalty shoot out ISFA lost 3-4 but can be proud of their best performance of the tournament.
ISFA U14 0 Kilmarnock 3
In the third/ fourth placed play off ISFAs epic effort in the semi final had a knock on effect as they tired against their Scottish Premier League opponents. Killie ran out deserved winners but the ISFA boys worked hard throughout and can look forward to the campaign ahead.
DAY 2: 7th AUGUST 2019
ISFA U14 2 Aisling Annacotty 1
Day two started with another win for ISFA against strong opposition from Limerick in Ireland. ISFA had to absorb a lot of pressure but fought back from a one goal deficit thanks to strikes from Charlie Bramwell and Freddie Issaka.
ISFA U14 3 Bristol City 5
A real topsy turvy encounter saw isfa take the lead on three occasions but were pegged back by a determined Bristol City outfit. Josh Andrew, Freddie Issaka and Louis Crofts were on target in this encounter
ISFA U14 0 Preston North End 2
ISFA pushed the group stage winners all the way and had two glorious opportunities to break the deadlock. However, a strong Preston outfit scored from a corner and then grabbed a second late on to seal their place at the top of the table in the group stages.
ISFA U14 3 New York NCE 0
ISFA secured a third placed group finish and a semi final against Hull City after this victory. Third place out of eight is a superb achievement although they were made to work hard by this gritty American squad. Nick Tredre scored in the first stanza and it was tense until two late strikes from Archie Fitzgerald and Joe Townley sealed the three points.
DAY 1: 6th AUGUST 2019
ISFA U14 1 Kyoto 0
ISFA worked overtime to hold their talented Japanese opponents at bay Adam Lonsdale grabbed the decisive goal in the second stanza in a pulsating encounter
ISFA U14 1 Hull City 3
A first half strike from Louis Crofts put ISFA in charge as they produced some sublime football. However a quick fire burst after the break saw Hull emerge victorious in a bruising encounter
ISFA U14 2 Kilmarnock 1
ISFA rounded off the first day in style with a valuable win against SPL opposition Freddie Issaka and Benji Stanley put the boys in charge and despite Kilmarnock halving the deficit, ISFA held on to record a deserved win