The U17 programme will resume after Christmas
Details of the trials process and how to nominate players will be sent to schools in due course.
SHEFFIELD UNITED U16 1 - 3 ISFA U17
The ISFA u17’s made a strong and competitive start in the tricky wet January conditions. Midway through the first half, Nto and Richardson went close to opening the score, only to be denied by two outstanding saves by the Sheffield United goal keeper. Against the run of play and just before half time, the premier league youth side took the lead with a smart and delicate 1v1 finish into the bottom right corner. Fresh changes at half time, helped ISFA maintain the attacking pressure on Sheffield’s defence and goal area. Nto levelled the score, when he converted a fine run and powerful shot into the left corner of the Sheffield goal. Moments later, Jones put ISFA 2-1 up with a neatly taken penalty kick into the roof of the Sheffield net. Several more chances came ISFA’s way and Whitwell rounded off an excellent second half performance when heading home from close range to make the final score of 3-1. This was a positive start made and will certainly help team momentum going into next month’s match against Brighton.
FINAL NATIONAL TRIAL: ISFA U17 REDS 3 - 2 ISFA U17 BLUES
Shrewsbury School was to be an excellent venue to host the National U17 ISFA trial and an opportunity for players to impress and gain that final selection place into the Full ISFA U17 squad. Mixing the selected players to make two ISFA teams, both sides settled quickly and showed urgency to impress. After 5 mins, Spencer-McDermott opened the scoring for the ISFA Reds by sweeping his shot home from close range. Richardson equalised soon after for the ISFA Blues, drilling a fine left footed strike into the bottom right corner to make it 1-1. In the second half, both teams continued to provide attacking qualities and chances on goal in the tricky November conditions. In the 60th minute, a calm Tom Jones side footed finish restored a 2-1 lead for the ISFA Reds and soon after, Diaz-Rainey extended their lead to make it 3-1. Alex Neal pulled a goal back for the ISFA Blues, pouncing and rebounding onto Gower’s powerful shot from distance. Though the final score was of little meaning, all the players involved at the final trial, again showed an excellent standard of football and that they fully deserved to be there.
SEASON 2019-20 FIXTURES
ISFA U17 vs Loughborough University
Sunday 15th March 2020
Loughborough University, 2pm
ISFA U17 National training camp
Tuesday 7th - Thursday 9th April 2020
University of Nottingham
ISFA U17 vs Scotland Independent Schools U18
Sunday 26th April 2020
Spartans Ground, Edinburgh, 12.45pm