Final National Trial
Sunday 25th November, 2pm at Shrewsbury School
ISFA U16 v Burton Albion
Wednesday 12th December, 6pm at St George's Park
ISFA U16 v tbc
Thursday 13th December, 2pm at St George's Park
ISFA U16 v Australia Schools
Sunday 13th January, 2pm at Clifton College
ISFA U16 European Tour
MATCH REPORTS 2017-18
OAKHAM ACADEMY TOURNAMENT FINAL
ISFA U16 1 COLCHESTER 2
After qualifying for the tournament final, ISFA took on an impressive, and unbeaten, Colchester side. It was ISFA's opponents that took the lead with a well taken finish but ISFA replied straight away when Drew Baker (Manchester Grammar) met a Louis Beckett (Scarborough College) corner with a thumping header. However, Colchester then took the lead when their talented England full back produced a superb cross which was headed home. ISFA rallied and nearly took the final to penalties when a close range header just missed the target with the last play of the game.
This was a hugely impressive start to the 2018/19 season for a selection of players that represented ISFA at U15 level in the 2017/18 season. The players should be rightly proud of their efforts and performances and we look forward to welcoming them back to ISFA duties at the U16 trials in September.
ISFA U16 1 AISLING IRELAND 0
In boiling hot conditions, ISFA looked to control the tempo against their Irish opponents. Moving the ball well and also offering a direct threat, ISFA took the lead through Harrison Solomon (Repton) with a composed close range finish. After a scrappy period in the 2nd half, ISFA retained possession to secure a place in the Oakham Academy Tournament final.
ISFA U16 1 BRISTOL CITY 0
ISFA again demonstrated excellent progress in a tough match against Bristol City. An enjoyable first half saw both sides play some good attacking football. However, it was ISFA that took the lead when Max Haughton (Cheadle Hulme) accelerated away down the right and crossed for John Sasere (Brentwood) to finish. The second half saw Bristol press but a superb defensive effort from ISFA kept the opposition at bay.
ISFA U16 1 PORT VALE 1
In the last game of the second day, ISFA put in their most composed performance, looking to control possession and find their attacking players between the lines. However, Port Vale were equally determined and in the final 5 minutes took the lead when their striker turned and finished well. With 2 minutes remaining, a superb free kick from Jarryd Richardson (Ardingly) found Drew Baker (Manchester Grammar) in the area to head calmly past the 'keeper.
ISFA U16 0 NOTTS COUNTY 0
ISFA started day 2 with an impressive performance against Notts County. The first half was very even with ISFA going close after winning the ball high up the pitch and Notts having a shot blocked. The second half saw Notts threaten from a couple of corners but ISFA came closest after a lovely move down the left but were unable to finish from a superb cross from Freddie Fraser-Grant (Kew House).
ISFA U16 0 COLCHESTER 1
In very hot conditions, ISFA kicked off their Oakham Tournament with an encouraging performance. In a tight first half, ISFA created two good chances on the counter before Colchester hit the post following a superb save from Adam Holder (City of London). The 2nd half was another tight affair and ISFA nearly took the lead from a close range header. However, it was Colchester who secured the win after a header from a left wing cross.
2018-19 PROGRAMME (MORE FIXTURES TBC)
24th - 26th July 2018
U16 Academy Tournament
12th – 13th December 2018
ISFA U16 Camp
(St. George’s Park)
Wednesday 12th December 2018
ISFA U16 v Burton Albion
(St. George's Park, 6.00)
Thursday 14th December
ISFA U16 v TBC
(St. George's Park, 2.00)
Sunday 13th January
ISFA U16 vs. Australia Schools
(Clifton College, 2.00)