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ISFA GIRLS NATIONAL U18 REPRESENTATIVE SQUAD

ISFA IMPRESS AGAINST SCOTTISH SIDE

2019-20 MATCH REPORTS

Sunday 2nd February 
ISFA U18 6 BOROUGHHMUIR AND THISTLE 0 
Edinburgh 

After travelling up on Saturday from various regions in England Sunday 2nd February saw ISFA under 18s representative side meet Boroughmuir and Thistles's under 19's at their home ground of Meggetland in Edinburgh. After a slightly delayed start both sides were raring to get going and see what each team had to offer.

Just three minutes in saw the first bit of action from the ISFA side when a through ball from Georgia found Clara to make it 1-0. Boroughmuir didn't give up easily and a few minutes later they had their own opportunity when a defensive mistake for the English schools gave Boroughmuir the chance for a comeback but Eloise denied this chance with confident defending.

Halfway through the first half ISFA striker Matilda slots a great ball across for Sophie who can't quite get shot on target due to good defence from the Scottish side. Alice the goalkeeper - stepping up from the under sixteen programme - showed great vision when playing out from the back and this lead to a chance for Clara to make it two but unfortunately was caught offside.
Just seconds later, centre back Louise breaks forward with the ball but her shot goes wide. Shortly afterwards the lead for ISFA is doubled when a corner leads to an unfortunate defensive deflection. Just before half time the goal tally reaches four when Emilia is quick to follow up a goalkeeping mistake followed by a corner from Lily falling to Emilia this time in the form of a header. At half time the visitors are 4-0 up.

The second half brings more exciting play from both sides with ISFA dominating the majority of possession. ISFA don't leave it long before securing another goal when a run through from Louisa in defence gives a 1-2 with Matilda, making it 5-0. Shortly afterwards, another great save by Alice denies Boroughmuir a potential goal chance that was well worked by the home side.

In the final quarter of the game, Emilia bags herself a hatrick with the assist of Matilda again who plays another ball through to penetrate the Boroughmuir defensive line. The Boroughmuir goalkeeper does her best to deny the visitors another goal and is unlucky not to make it. Shortly afterwards, her hard work is rewarded when she pulls off a brilliant save to tip Captain Ellen's shot off crossbar.

Wednesday 11th December
ISFA U18 1 ENGLISH COLLEGES 2
St. George's Park

On a very wet Wednesday afternoon at Saint George's Park the under eighteens ISFA squad faced a strong English Colleges team. The game began with a high tempo and both teams contesting in a physical battle. Twenty minutes in ISFA are awarded a free kick taken by Mya Lewis-Powell by the corner flag. It falls to milie who turns elegantly and lays it off to Ellen Jones with a powerful strike that unfortunately just goes over the bar. With the rain continuing to pelt down forty minutes in the English Colleges have a good chance and force goalkeeper to pull out a good save across her goal. At halftime the game remained goalless. 

Soon after returning from the break,  Clara John won a chance through on goal but it fell straight to goalie. English Colleges take advantage of the break and counter straight down to other end. Thankfully defender Millie Quaintance is there to put in a solid block. 

In the middle of the park, Clara John, Ellen Jones and Sophie Gillies link up impressively we'll, forcing the opposite goalkeeper to make a save bottom corner. The English Colleges keep trying to break ISFA down, with persistent attempts to challenge the ISFA back line. Finally there efforts pay off when they are awarded a free kick in a key area and score on the follow up, making it 1-0.

ISFA kept applying the pressure and produced very aesthetically pleasing football, putting stress on the English schools. Mya Lewis-Powell and Evie Thompson are creative on the attack but can't get shot away. ISFA's hard work is rewarded with a corner in the final minutes. It falls to Luisa Ballach on the edge of the box who hits the ball excellently and gives ISFA the equaliser. When play returns, English Colleges are on the attack straight away and manage to nip the winner in the final kick of the ball. A highly contested match in challenging weather conditions but a credit to both teams with great football on show. 

Tuesday 10th December 
ISFA U18 GIRLS 4 TGK U18 2
St. George's Park

Ten minutes in ISFA had their first exciting chance when Eleanor Hutchings played it through to Emilia Parsons whos shot was just wide. The ISFA squad dominated possession and were unfortunate to enter half time 1-0 down after a fantastic shot by TGK from 30 yards out.

The TGK goalkeeper kept her team in the game with a number of superb saves to deny ISFA an equaliser. The closest being just before the half time break with Ellen Jones striking the ball, Emilia Parsons following up with the rebound and the TGK keeper reacting brilliantly to deny the chance.

In the second half Mya Louise-Powell didn't leave it long to get one back for ISFA by chipping the goalkeeper at fifty two minutes. Unfortunately, it wasn't long until a mistake in the defence for the ISFA squad gave TGK the chance to take the lead again.

In a game of end to end football Louise-Powell stepped up to take a corner with a strike from Captain Georgia Brown who hit the woodwork. Thankfully, ISFA didn't have to wait long to get another goal in the net as a beautiful ball across from winger Vicky Neuefeind found Sophie Gillies feet who made it 2-2. It was right back Millie who came steaming up in one of her tremendous runs and took the next goal from outside of the box confidently. Gilloes closes the game with a fourth goal by taking the ball on a run past the TGK defenders from the halfway mark and sliding the ball across her body only to finish comfortably.

Monday 21st October
ISFA U18 GIRLS 3 CAMBRIDGE CITY 0
Huntingdon Town FC

ISFA Under 18's faced Cambridge United under 16's under the floodlights at Huntingdon Towns ground. The game started well for the ISFA select squad with possession laying heavily in their hands. The first real chance for ISFA was when Captain Ellen Jones had the first strike at goal but it was comfortable for the keeper to collect. Evie Thompson spotted an oppurtunity but only managed to find the woodwork when she found the Cambridge keeper off her line with a decent lob. Success came at 35 minutes when Emilia Parsons managed to get one past Cambridge to give ISFA the opening lead.

The second half began with Emilia finding the woodwork yet again. ISFA continued to play neat football, playing out from the back and utilising wide players. However, Cambridge were not without their chances as one period of play gave them a chance to press high but they could not convert it thanks to the solid ISFA defence. In the 60th minute Ellen managed to double the lead after the Cambridge keeper made a good save but Ellen was there to get the rebound. Finally the game was wrapped up when Mya Lewis-Powell powered through the right hand side and managed to find Emilia who confidently slotted it home.

Overall a well battled fight from both teams but ISFA created some very high quality periods of play and looked comfortable playing out from the back. 

ISFA GIRLS REPRESENTATIVE PROGRAMME 2019-20 (all dates subject to change) 

22nd September
Trials for squads

October Half Term
Cambridge Development Camp

10th & 11th December 2019
St Georges Park Camp

January – March
Additional fixtures TBC including Scotland tour

MATCH REPORTS 2018/19

Sunday 3rd February 
ISFA U18 4 Scotland Independent Schools FA 0 
(Edinburgh University) 

ISFA started strongly and found themselves 1-0 up within 7 minutes, from an Ellen Jones strike from 20-yards. Windy conditions and a rainy start made it a tough first half but the girls rose to the occasion and struck again on the 17th minute, through Mya Lewis-Powell, after some neat team play. Eleanor Franklinwood made some key saves during the first half to keep SISFA at bay. The girls adjusted well to a number of changes from the bench and maintained the 2-0 lead going into half time.

To replicate the first half performance the ISFA girls found the net again with 7 minutes of the restart through Mathilda Finburgh, after a perfectly weighted pass from Ines Sargren. The strong pairing of Eloise Eyre and Bells Wordsworth helped keep a clean sheet for ISFA, both making some vital tackles at key moments in the game. The team utilised the wide areas well and created a number of opportunities with overlapping runs from Lannece Hole and Renee Ojikutu. The final goal of the game came in the 60th minute from a wide free kick finished confidently by Georgia Brown. 

An excellent effort from both teams and a fantastic win to end a successful ISFA season. Congratulations to our year 13s who played their final game today, and we wish them success in their next chapter.

Wednesday 12th December
ISFA U18 1 ENGLISH COLLEGES 6
(St. George's Park)

The first half was a competitive and evenly matched performance, with the ISFA girls showing great discipline in their team shape. English Colleges took the lead half way through the first period, with a quick second to follow. Unfortunately an own goal from ISFA took the score to 3, but a great individual goal from Sophie Gillies reduced the deficit to 1-3.

English Colleges brought on a new side of 11 players in the second half and the ISFA girls did brilliantly to keep persevering right through the game. Some great finishes from English Colleges saw the game finish 6-1, but the ISFA team finished the last 10 minutes really strongly with opportunities to score one or two more.

This was a fine team performance from the ISFA, against very strong opponents, to complete a fantastic 2 days at SGP.

Tuesday 11th December
ISFA 18 4 TDK 4
(St. George's Park)

ISFA started the game extremely strongly leading the game 4-0 within 30 minutes with goals from Sophie gillies (2), Ella Needham and a 25 yard cracker from Mya Lewis-Powell. TGK managing to claim one back before the break going into halftime with the score 4-1.

TGK came out fighting in the second half and with a couple individual strikes managed to draw the score level with 10 minutes to play.  ISFA finished the game strongly and had chances to win the game, but were unfortunate not to take the game. 

Thursday 25th October
CAMBRIDGE CITY 3 ISFA U18 1 
(Huntingdon Town FC) 

This was certainly a game of 2 halves!

With lots of players being asked to play in unfamiliar positions, some for the first time, the first half was a challenging learning environment for the ISFA girls.  Cambridge certainly dominated the half, capitalising on some of ISFA's errors and using the width much more effectively going into half with a commanding 3-0 lead.

However the second half was a totally different story. The ISFA girls played with a new found confidence and belief, producing some brilliant attacking play and working really well as a team. This was rewarded by a goal from Mya Lewis-Powell mid-way through the half.  It could have been more with close chances for Helen Kelly and Ella Needham. With Jenny Mathiesen leading the way with a great defensive performance the score remained 3-1 until full time.

Photographs of this match can be obtained from RWT Photography.

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