MATCH REPORTS 2018-19
Sunday 25th November
FINAL NATIONAL TRIAL: ISFA RED 5 ISFA WHITE 2
The Final National Trial was a real showcase of the best ISFA footballers in the country. The standard on show was exceptional with both teams playing attacking football full of tempo and creativity. ISFA Reds opened the scoring in outstanding fashion when a crossfield ball from Josh Teeluck (Royal Russell) was plucked out of the air by Ibrahim Alhassan (Brooke House) who unselfishly squared the ball to Shaun-Chris Joash (Hampton) to finish. Their lead was doubled not long after by Alhassan. ISFA Whites grew into the game and it was Callum Holland (Epsom College) who made it 2-1. In quick reply, Joash had a well hit shot slightly deflected and in to the back of the net to make it 3-1 at half time. Alex Taylor (Royal Russell) further extended the lead after half time though this did not stop the Whites from battling. After Garvey-Williams (Royal Russell) made it 4-2 with a fine individual goal it looked like it could be game in. Joash though had other ideas and completed his hattrick with a fine goal from distance that finally settled the match.
Sunday 4th November 2018
ISFA U18 NORTH 5 SHROPSHIRE SCHOOLS 2
Shrewsbury School was the host for an entertaining encounter between Shropshire Schools & Colleges U18’s and ISFA Under 18 North side on Sunday 4th November. ISFA fielded a very strong squad of 21 players, with two separate 11’s playing each half. Both sides tried to get the ball down and play on a wonderful playing surface. ISFA dominated possession in the early stages of the game, going close on a number of occasions before they opened the scoring through Ibrahim Alhassan (Brooke House). Jake Raine (Repton) added a second to double the lead mid way through the first half. However it certainly wasn’t one way traffic with Shropshire creating a number of chances in the first half, including a missed penalty chance. The first half finished with ISFA in the ascendency leading 3-1.
A new 11 took to the field in the second half and they started in positive fashion. It was soon 4-1 to ISFA as Finley Fielding (Dixie Grammar School) finished from close range after Seth Hartley’s header was saved by the keeper following a great cross from Matt Bowman. Shropshire made it 4-2 with a quick, positive counter attack before a goal from Seth Hartley (Queen Ethelburga’s) finished the scoring. A competitive, entertaining encounter ending 5-2 to ISFA. The score line didn’t reflect the quality of ISFA’s play, particularly in the final third. However, there were a number of impressive individual performances from the U17’s & U18’s involved and this bodes well for the National trials on Sunday 25th November.
Following this programme of matches, the Full ISFA U18 Team is selected.