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England U18 Schoolboys vs RAF U23’s- Match Report

The England U18 Schoolboys’ Squad played their first friendly match as a final squad of 18 last Sunday (12 January) against the RAF’s Under 23 team at Oxford City FC. This marked the Schoolboys’ first chance to proudly wear the Three Lions badge and represent their country at the highest level.  

With both teams getting off to a strong start, the RAF quickly took a 1 – 0 lead after just 10 minutes. However, after just 27 minutes, the England team fought back and equalised with a goal from Mpongo. The England squad made it 2 – 1 just before the half time break, with Taylor Richardson scoring his first of the season. ESFA players Brad Santos and Carter Lycett, in his second year of representing England at this level, took their turns to score, giving a final result of 4 – 1 to England.

The squad played in their new England away kit, sponsored by newly announced ESFA Principal Partners, Utilita – however, the team will have to wait until Saturday 25 January to be officially presented with their home England shirts at their kit presentation, just prior to their match against Australia Schoolboys. This match will be available to watch live, over on our YouTube channel: ESFA TV. [match information can be found below]

ESFA Chairman Phil Harding said; “We are delighted at the strong start the England U18 Schoolboys have made to their International season in 2020. The team gave a great debut performance at Oxford City and we look forward to our upcoming fixture at Stafford Town FC against Australia on the 25th January. Hopefully their upcoming friendly fixtures will prepare them well for the Centenary Shield matches in the coming months.”

Trials for the ESFA U18 Schoolboys’ began back In October 2019, where players nominated by their counties were whittled down through two stages of regional trials until the official squad was chosen after final trials took place at Rowley Park, Stafford at the start of December.  

Spectators are encouraged to come along to Stafford Town FC to catch a first glimpse of the squad in their home kit as they take on the Australia Schoolboys. The match will kick off at 2:30pm.  

A summary of the remaining boys’ fixtures can be found below:

Fixture Date Venue
England v Australia (friendly) Saturday 25 January 2020 Stafford Town FC 2:30pm KO
UCFB v England (friendly) Sunday 1 March 2020 National Squash Centre, Etihad Campus. 1pm KO
Centenary Shield Fixtures
Wales vs England Sunday 26 April 2020 Penybont FC (Bridgend) 2pm KO
England vs Scotland Friday 9 April 2020 North Ferriby   KO TBC
Northern Ireland vs England Friday 27 March 2020 Venue TBC KO TBC
England vs Republic of Ireland Friday 3 April 2020 Spennymoor FC KO TBC

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England U15 Schoolgirls vs ISFA Girls- Match Report

The England Schoolgirls got their international programme off to a positive start with a 2-2 draw against their Independent Schools’ FA counterparts.

English Schools Football Association U15 Girls v ISFA U16 at Charterhouse School on Sunday 12th January 2020 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

After receiving their kits for the upcoming campaign, the squad took to the immaculate surface at Charterhouse School for their first match together since the final squad selection was made in December.

Rebecca Ferguson took the captain’s armband as the England girls settled into their stride early on, creating pressure down both flanks with Leoni Telford and Delphi Cole looking dangerous down the right hand side and Lucy Cooper testing the full back down the left hand side.

Although clear chances were few early on, it was Cole who saw her strike from just inside the box gathered by the home keeper, but shortly after, Megan Sofield stepped up to convert a penalty awarded after a foul just inside the area.

ISFA drew level shortly before the interval but early in the 2nd half Poppy Pritchard was quickest to a through ball in the box and slotted home into the empty net, leaving the defender and keeper stranded.

The home side drew level later in the half and that was the end of the scoring for the afternoon in what was a very competitive outing for both teams.

The girls will now prepare for their trip to Eindhoven for their half term training camp, a key part of the preparation for April’s Bob Docherty Cup tournament in Wales.

Thanks to ISFA and Charterhouse School for hosting the fixture and to all parents for their support on the day.

Thank you to 353 Photography for capturing the game, more images available over on their website