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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

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England U18 Schoolboys’ Kick off their International fixtures for 2020

The England U18 Schoolboys’ Squad will undertake their first friendly match as a final squad of 18 this Sunday (12 January) against the RAF at Oxford City FC. This is the boys’ first chance to proudly wear the three lions badge and represent their country at the highest level.  

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 Oxford City FC to catch a first glimpse of the squad in their first preparatory match of the season. The match will Kick off at 1:30pm.   The boys’ next game will be on Saturday 25 January at Stafford Town FC against their Australian counterparts. Again, the ESFA encourage spectators to head down to Stafford Town for this event too.

The ESFA would like to wish the boys the best of luck and hope that they are excited for what is bound to be a competitive fixture. Updates will be shared throughout the day on Sunday via the ESFA & RAF Twitter feeds – you can keep up to date by following @SchoolsFootball on Twitter and Instagram.