Sunday 8th March
ISFA U16 5 MILLWALL 2
City of London School Playing Fields
Despite the recent heavy rain, a superb playing surface greeted ISFA and Millwall in their annual fixture at City of London School's impressive playing fields. Millwall started extremely quickly and dominated proceedings for the first 10 minutes as ISFA battled to stay in the game. However, ISFA began to gain control and a superb move down the right saw David Kawa tuck home from close range. Timi Esan then produced a devastating break down the left and, as his shot came back off the post, Kawa was on hand to tuck the ball home
Millwall started the 2nd half with an aggressive press and were soon rewarded, pulling a goal back from an tackle high up the pitch. An ISFA error then gave Millwall the chance to equalise from the spot but Lucas Levin produced a superb save. ISFA then really upped the tempo and played some superb football. Oliver McFadyen tucked home for ISFA's 3rd, before Timi Esan scored the 4th after a well delivered free kick. ISFA's scoring was rounded off by McFadyen, calmly tucking home his 2nd. Millwall grabbed a late 2nd goal in the closing minutes.
This was a great way to end a very successful season for an impressive U16 side. We look forward to seeing many of these players at September's U17 trials. Wishing all parents and players an enjoyable end to their seasons and best of luck to the boys in their GCSEs.
Sunday 12th January
ISFA U16 1 AUSTRALIA SCHOOLS 0
In a much-anticipated International fixture and the first get together since St. George's Park, the U16s took on Australia at Shrewsbury School. The Australians set the tone from the beginning, pressing high and looking to play on the front foot. When England managed to break the press, they created several opportunities playing between the lines and it was from a superb freekick after a such a move that Oliver McFadyen put the host nation 1-0. The Australians pushed hard for an equaliser, but Lewis Lavin in the England goal produced a series of fine saves.
After the break, as conditions for passing football became more challenging, the Australians really took the game to England. Lewis Lavin produced a string of fine saves and the team battled impressively together to keep their 1-0 lead. In the final minutes, after a lovely pass, England nearly took a 2-0 win but, in the end, fought hard to secure a 1-0 victory.
A huge thank you to a talented and impressive Australian side and we wish you the very best for the rest of your tour.
Thurs 12th December
ISFA U16 1 LINCOLN CITY1
St. George's Park
In very wet conditions at St. George's Park, a composed ISFA side looked to control the tempo against a well organised Lincoln. After ISFA created several opportunities, it was Lincoln who scored on the counter from their first shot. ISFA rallied, and Daniel Monferrer calmly tucked the ball home. The second half was a more scrappy affair with both ISFA and Lincoln having chances to win the match. An enjoyable (and wet!) ending to a very successful training camp at the National Football Centre.
Wed 11th December
ISFA U16 2 FOREST GREEN 0
St. George's Park
After a first training session together, the new look U16s put in a very encouraging performance against Forest Green. David Kawa gave ISFA the lead in the first half with a smart finish. There was some superb attacking play in the 2nd half and Henry Swann capped off a smart passing move to give ISFA a 2-0 win.
OTHER MATCH REPORTS
Sun 10th November
ISFA U16 Red 2 Kent 2
City of London School
On an amazing playing surface at City of London School's playing fields, ISFA settled quicker and looked to control the game with possession in the 1st half. Although they created several good opportunities, Kent looked very dangerous on the break and they countered well to take a 1-0 lead at half-time. In the 2nd half, Kent pressed more aggressively and ISFA struggled to find their rhythm. However, ISFA did managed to equalise with a fine strike from Dylan Lowther. Kent then re-took the lead following a long ball over the top and, although both sides then had chances, it was ISFA that equalised when Daniel Monferrer's shot squirmed in to the goal. A very enjoyable trial game and the training squad for St. George's Park will be announced later this week.
OAKHAM ACADEMY FESTIVAL 2019
DAY 3: 1st AUGUST 2019
Oakham Tournament Semi-Final
ISFA U16 0 Stoke 2
ISFA came up against a strong Stoke side who would go on to win the tournament. Despite several opportunities to take the lead, ISFA went 0-2 down after Stoke capitalised on 2 mistakes. However, in the second half, ISFA came out all guns blazing and really should have taken the game to at least penalties after creating several clear cut chances. A very impressive display.
3rd Place Play-off
ISFA U16 1 Bristol City 2
In a physical encounter, ISFA impressed immediately with some lovely passages of play, again creating several chances to take the lead. However, Bristol were clinical on the counter and took two chances well on the break. ISFA continued the pressure in the second half and Will Couch pulled a goal back from inside the area. ISFA then pushed for the equaliser but it wasn't to be as Bristol nearly added to their lead on the break.
This was a very enjoyable and hugely impressive opening to the the ISFA U16s 2019/20 season.
DAY 2: 31st JULY 2019
ISFA U16 1 St. Kevin's 0
In the first game on Day 2 of the Oakham Tournament, ISFA produced an impressive display, creating several chances. Max Bustamante secured the win from the penalty spot after Theo Mara was upended in the area.
ISFA U16 1 Bristol City 2
ISFA took the lead against a strong Bristol City side after Paddy Jokowidjaja was brought down by the 'keeper and then converted from the spot. However, Bristol equalised just before half time and went on to take the lead and threaten throughout the second half.
ISFA U16 1 Colchester 2
Will Couch gave ISFA the lead with the third penalty of the day after he was brought down in the area. As tiredness set in, a physically impressive Colchester side pressed aggressively and took advantage of tired legs to secure the win.
ISFA U16 3 Peterborough 0
In the final game of the day, ISFA dug deep to produce a very encouraging attacking performance. Will Couch scored from the spot, Paddy Jokowidjaja won the ball high up and calmly finished for the second and then Couch scored a superb individual effort to round off the scoring.
ISFA secured qualification for the semi-finals and will play Stoke on Thursday morning for the chance to play in the final for 2 years running.
DAY 1: 30th JULY 2019
ISFA U16 0 Stoke 0
In the opening game of the Oakham tournament and their first ever game together, ISFA U16s put in an encouraging performance against a strong Stoke side. Gradually growing into the game, goalkeeper Daniel Rose put in a man of the match performance to keep the scores level.
ISFA U16 1 Port Vale 0
In a very impressive 2nd game, ISFA sealed the win with a superb passage of play. Regaining the ball on the halfway line, excellent one touch combination play ended up with a precision pass releasing Jamie Anderson who calmly slid the ball home from the right.
ISFA 2 Go-Pro Dubai 0
In the final game of the day, a tired ISFA side finally clicked in the 2nd period with William Couch scoring a superb individual effort and the win was secured when Max Bustamante cut in from the left to slot the ball home.
ISFA U16 UPDATE FOR 2019-20
With the end of the ISFA U15 season, focus now moves to the U16s for the 2019/20 season. The U16 season kicks off at the end of July with a training camp at Oakham (invites have already been sent out). Space is limited so we were unfortunately not able to invite everyone. However, everyone involved from the U15 season is very much viewed as part of the "U16 squad" and all players will be considered for future fixtures and camps this season.
Fixtures are currently being arranged as follows:
Sunday 13th October
ISFA U16 Boys vs. Essex
Brentwood School (11:30)
Sunday 10th November 2019
ISFA U16 Boys vs. Kent Schools
City of London School playing fields (11:30)
Wednesday 11th December 2019
ISFA U16 Boys vs. Forest Green Rovers
St. George's Park Camp (18:00)
Thursday 12th December 2019
ISFA U16 Boys vs. TBC
St. George's Park Camp (14:00)
Sunday 12th January 2020
ISFA U16 Boys vs. Australia Schools
Shrewsbury School (14:00)
Sunday 8th March 2020
ISFA U16 Boys vs. Millwall
City of London School playing fields (11:00)
All details of opponents and timings will be updated on this page and in the ISFA diary when they are confirmed (https://www.isfa.org.uk/isfa-diary/monthcalendar/)
In the meantime, if you do have any questions or would like to chat anything through, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Adam Lowe.