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England U18 Schoolboys win 4-1 v Kampong FC in first game of Eindhoven tour!

The England boys kicked off their training camp fixtures with a 4-1 win over Kampong in Utrecht on Monday evening.

In the unusual setting of a rooftop football pitch atop the IKEA car park the wet and windy weather returned to replace the bright sunshine that greeted the players early morning training session.

English Schools Football Association Under 18 Boys v Kampong on Monday 17th February 2020 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

It may have taken the lads 10 minutes to settle into their stride but once they did they caused their hosts a number of problems with Taylor Richardson going closest to breaking the deadlock with a shot that hit the crossbar.

With pressure building it was Oliver Waddison who gave England the lead, lifting the ball over a hesitant keeper and into the net.

Shortly after it was 2-0, a low cross from the right by Matthew Wade was met at the far post by Richardson who showed composure to fire back across the keeper into the far corner.

In truth it was a well deserved lead for the visitors but early in the second half the hosts pulled a goal back although that proved to drive England back onto the front foot.

The goal of the night from Max Blencowe restored the two goal advantage, picking up a loose ball after the home keeper punched clear from a corner he fired a dart into the top corner from 25 yards for a 3-1 lead.

Hans Mpongo was proving a handful in the 2nd half and he finally added the fourth goal of the night, heading home from inside the box to complete the scoring.

All in all a decent workout in windy and wet conditions with the lads back in action on Tuesday evening against FC Utrecht. 

Take a look at what England Manager, Richy Alderson had to say about the Tour so far…

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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