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England U18 Schoolboys- Two home Centenary Shield fixtures announced

The English Schools Football Association are delighted to announce two home International fixtures for the 2020 Centenary Shield

England v ROI | Friday 3 April 2020 | Spennymoor Town FC | 7pm KO

The England U18 Schoolboys will undertake their second Centenary Shield match on Friday 3 April against the Republic of Ireland schoolboys at Spennymoor Town FC.

The England squad will be proudly wearing the 3 Lions badge for their first competitive home match, when the fixture kicks off at 7pm at the Brewery Field, hosted by Spennymoor Town.

The players, who were presented with their Utilita sponsored England kits ahead of their friendly fixture against Australian Schoolboys back in January, will take on their ROI peers in what will be their first home Centenary Shield match of the season.

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Tickets are available now online via the Spennymoor website – click here to purchase yours! Tickets will also be available on the gate, providing they don’t sell out beforehand – don’t miss out!

Watch online via ESFA YouTube Channel, ESFA TV, powered by Utilita. Live coverage will begin around 30 minutes before kick off and the match will be streamed with full commentary and replays live! It will also be able to view as a replay on ESFA TV.

Don’t forget to subscribe to ESFA TV to stay up to date with all of our most recent video content.

England v Scotland | Thursday 9 April 2020 | North Ferriby FC | 7pm KO

The England U18 Schoolboys will undertake their third Centenary Shield match on Thursday 9 April against the Scotland U18 Schoolboys at North Ferriby FC.

The England squad will face Scotland in their second home match, when the fixture kicks off at 7pm at the Dransfield Stadium, hosted by North Ferriby.

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Tickets are available to order via email to tspollard@btinternet.com – tickets will also be available on the gate, providing they don’t sell out beforehand – don’t miss out!

Watch online via ESFA YouTube Channel, ESFA TV, powered by Utilita. Live coverage will begin around 30 minutes before kick off and the match will be streamed with full commentary and replays live! It will also be able to view as a replay on ESFA TV.

Don’t forget to subscribe to ESFA TV to stay up to date with all of our most recent video content.

Pre-match and behind the scenes coverage will be available on the ESFA social channels (@schoolsfootball on Twitter and Instagram) and don’t forget – an live Player of the Match vote will take place on our Twitter account around 10 mins before the end of the match!

Spectators are encouraged to come along to both games to support this season’s squad as they battle it out for Centenary Shield glory. Tickets will be available on the gate at a cost of £5/£3 (concessions)

We look forward to welcoming you along to this year’s home matches!

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England Schoolboys U18 3 FC Utrecht U17 1- Eindhoven Tour 2020

The England Schoolboys made it two wins from their two matches in the Netherlands with a terrific performance and a well deserved win over FC Utrecht.

The game was played at frantic pace with Utrecht certainly offering a more physical challenge than their opening game 24 hours earlier but the back four marshalled by Thomas Duffy and Joe Lockey  were resolute in an opening half of end to end football.

Brad Santos and Taylor Richardson were giving the Utrecht defence plenty of concerns with their pace and it was the latter who gave England a deserved lead, a neat side foot finish to a cross from the right midway through the half.

The lead was short lived though, the home side drawing level moments later but that did not interrupt the performance level from the visitors and their pressure told shortly before half time when Hans Mpongo bagged his second goal in as many games to have England 2-1 ahead at the interval.

After the break there was no drop off in performance and the home side were grateful to their keeper who made a number of good saves to keep the result in doubt but he could do nothing about Ben Reay’s late shot from outside the box that completed the scoring.

All in all a great performance to round off the trip and set the lads up for their next fixture in early March against UCFB in Manchester.

Photo Credit- 353 Photography