ISFA U16 V Cambridge City U16
The U16 National Representative side started their competitive campaign with a win against a strong Cambridge side.
The game begun with a battle of possession where both teams struggled to get a hold of the ball. The ISFA team led a defensive charge with persistent pressing to regain the ball and distributed the ball with equal efficiency. As the game grew so did ISFA's central midfield presence, leading to the opening goal, ISFA's central midfielder drove the ball past multiple players and finished with an excellent strike that looped over the opposition goalkeeper. This dominance would continue from central midfield, where great combination play led to a breakthrough into the opposition box and the ball was poked past the keeper for the second goal of the game.
Clear chances were few and far between for both sides, however, ISFA combated and competed with real spirit to create a couple of half chances but found no joy. ISFA's wingers demonstrated their class on the ball gliding past players but were unable to find the finishing touches.
Defensively this could be one of the strongest ISFA sides with a comfortable defensive display, contributing to a clean sheet for the ISFA team.
The game drew to a close and a real valiant effort from the group who have the foundations to be another strong side; all focus will be on their upcoming camp at St Georges Park.
ISFA COMEBACK TWICE TO DRAW
Sunday 12th January
ISFA U16 2 ENGLISH SCHOOLS FA 2
Charterhouse School hosted the historic first ever girls representative fixture between ISFA and ESFA on a bright winters afternoon. It was ESFA who started the stronger of the two teams dominating the early stages with ISFA having to defend well to keep the scores level. Just as ISFA started to grow into the game they fell behind after a penalty was awarded in the 17th minute for a late challenge just inside the penalty area. Poppy Bastock went the right way but couldn’t keep the spot kick out of the net.
ISFA reacted well to this setback and soon started to compete well across all areas of the pitch and began to look a real danger on the counter attack, especially through Reanna Blades and Lilac Jervis in the wide areas. Just as it looked like they would go into the break a goal down a well worked counter attack saw the ball worked in Lucia Bustamante who beat a defender before striking from 25 yards beating the keeper to make the scores 1-1.
The second half was a very even affair with both teams playing some delightful football and looking to add to their goal tallies. However it was ESFA who regained the lead capitalising on some hesitancy from the ISFA defence in the penalty area to poke home from close range. ISFA once again reacted very well to going a goal behind and were soon pushing strong for an equaliser creating a number of opportunities. Just after the hour mark ISFA produced the move of the match as some quick passing released Edie Priest who broke from midfield before a perfectly timed pass put Clarissa Jackson through on goal, Clarissa kept her cool and fired the ball past the goalkeeper to level the scores once again.
The final fifteen minutes of the match saw both sides pushing to find a winning goal, but both defences stood firm and ensured the game finished 2-2, with a draw the fair result on the balance of play.
Wednesday 11th December
ISFA U16 2 SCOTLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS 0
St George's Park
ISFA went into their international fixture against Scotland with great energy and enthusiasm, this reflected the first 10 minutes of the game with good competitive play from both sides.
The first half consisted of some great build up play from the ISFA U16 team, however, this didn’t materialise into any clear chances because of some resilient defending displayed by Scotland.
The second half started very much same, half chances being created but in the 70th minute ISFA broke the deadlock with a well taken finish from Charlotte Cahn. ISFA continued to put on the pressure, pinning back the opposition with a mixture of direct and quick combinations. The game was put out of reach with a well delivered set piece to eventually be finished by Maya Baddour.
Tuesday 10th December
ISFA U16 GIRLS 1 WORCESTERSHIRE SCHOOLS 2
St George's Park
A fiercely competitive game between ISFA U16 and Worcestershire, the match ended 2-1 to Worcestershire schools but the performance was pleasing from an ISFA perspective.
The game started with great energy, Lucia Bustamente leading the way with great fullback play combining well with Lily Patrick. ISFA took the lead with a great set piece delivery from Lily Patrick where a mix up in the box ended up in the back of net, Clarissa Jackson claiming the suspicious goal.
After half time the game the game had patches of dominance from both sides but no clinical finish from either sides. This changed late on for Worcestershire who in quick succession scored 2 from long range. The winning goal coming in the last moments of the match.
Monday 21st October
ISFA U16 GIRLS 6 CAMBRIDGE CITY 0
Huntingdon Town FC
A fiercely competitive fixture between ISFA and Cambridge City ended with a 6-0 victory to ISFA but could have been much closer.
ISFA started brightly by establishing some good possession but failed to create any clear chances, credit to Cambridge City for resilient defending making them heard to break down. The deadlock was finally broken from a corner expertly delivered by Lily Patrick and met by Leila Lister with an emphatic finish. Goals followed again for ISFA with a great strike from Lilac Jervis and a second set piece goal from Leila Lister making it 3-0.
However, Cambridge City then replied with a good spell of pressure resulting in Chloe Donellan making a clever save by shutting the angle in a one on one. The pressure continued from Cambridge city where they won a penalty to only be denied again from Chloe Donellan as she made a great diving save to her left. ISFA went in at half time lucky to be 3-0 up.
Second half ISFA came out with better intentions on the ball, circulating possession with greater purpose and looked like a bigger threat with Reanna Blades showing incredible speed and control. Charlotte Cahn finished well for the fourth, Maya Baddour deflected shot looped in and Lilac Jervis finished the scoring to complete the score line 6-0.