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England U15 Schoolgirls victorious in first game of Eindhoven Training Camp

England’s Schoolgirls got their training camp off to a winning start with a 2-0 win over UVVA in Utrecht on Sunday afternoon.

After a weather affected journey to the Netherlands it was a bright and early start for the trip North but there was no sign of tiredness as the girls began the game on the front foot.

Tori Almond and Kate Oakley had already seen goals chalked off for offside before Almond finally took advantage of a through ball to skip round the keeper and roll the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead.

With the strong wind causing a few problems it was England who could have extended their lead before the break but  Isabelle Wade just failed to connect with her header when a cross held up in the wind 8 yards out.

The second half saw a number of changes to the team but with a swirling wind in their face the chances for free flowing football were few and far between and the home side could have drawn level with a wind assisted shot that clipped the outside of the post.

It was left for two of the substitutes, Lucy Cooper and Megan Sofield, to settle the result late on when the former forced the Dutch defence into a mistake which allowed her to cross for Sofield to side foot home from 6 yards out.

All in all a satisfactory afternoon’s work for the girls who ended the afternoon with a tour of the KNVB Campus, home of the Dutch National football teams, before returning to their hotel to relax before their next game on Tuesday evening.

Photo Credit: 353 Photography 

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England U18 Schoolboys v Australia U18 Schoolboys

The England U18 Schoolboys will head to Stafford Town FC’s Evans Park on Saturday 25 January to play this year’s International friendly fixture against the U18 Australian Schoolboys.

The England squad will receive their official home kit, newly sponsored by Utilita, on Saturday morning at the ESFA’s Headquarters in Stafford ahead of the match and will have the opportunity to proudly wear the 3 Lions badge during the afternoon’s game, which is due to kick off at 2:15pm. As part of School Sport Australia’s UK and ROI tour, spanning January, the travelling team will visit Stafford Town this weekend, to take part in this exciting fixture for the second consecutive year.

The ESFA are delighted to announce that the full match will be streamed live via the ESFA’s YouTube Channel, ESFA TV – providing a fantastic viewing experience for supporters who are unable to travel, including those back in Australia.

In light of the devastating bush fires in Australia, the English Schools’ FA would like to invite supporters to make a donation to the Australian Red Cross in order to support their efforts in helping those affected by the fires. The ESFA’s Just Giving page can be found here: http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/schoolsfootball

Spectators are encouraged to come along to Stafford Town to get a glimpse of the squad before they embark on their SAFIB Centenary Shield fixtures, which begin in March with an away fixture against Northern Ireland. Tickets can be purchased on entry at £5 for an Adult and £3 concession.