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England U15 Schoolgirls- International football is back!

The England U15 Schoolgirls travel to Wales this weekend for the much anticipated return to football for our International sides. They will face their Welsh counterparts in a friendly on Sunday 9th May

Before the football world ground to a halt last year, the England U15 Schoolgirls travelled to ROI to compete in the John Read Trophy against their Irish counterparts. They came away with a 2-1 win in what turned out to be their last fixture of the 19/20 season. The girls were then due to host Scotland, ROI, Northern Ireland and Wales at Lilleshall NSC in April for the Bob Docherty Tournament to end their international season, however these fixtures were unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following this anti-climatic end to the 2019/2020 International season for our England U15 Schoolgirls, they are finally getting back on the pitch this weekend as they travel to Colliers Park, Wrexham to play their welsh counterparts. The game is being played on Sunday 9th May with the match kicking off at 14:30.

Unfortunately due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, no spectators will be able to attend. The game is also not going to be live-streamed on the ESFA Youtube channel but a recording of the match will be made available at a later date.

Keep an eye on the ESFA’s social channels (@SchoolsFootball on instagram and Twitter and for more content around the England U15 Schoolgirls and announcements regarding the England U18 schoolboys upcoming fixtures!

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England Schoolgirls U15 2 Feyenoord Women U15 2- Eindhoven Tour 2020

Another positive result for the England Schoolgirl squad as they twice came from a goal behind to draw 2-2 against Feyenoord Women on Tuesday night.

In a very competitive fixture it was the hosts who took a first half lead before Leoni Telford’s fantastic long range free-kick tied the game up.

Once again the wind was having an effect on the proceedings which gave the England girls an additional test with the wind in their faces in the second half against a much more physical side than they had faced in their opening fixture.

It was the home side who edged back ahead, a 25 yard free kick hitting the crossbar before the rebound was scrambled home from close range.

Not to be deterred, the girls fought back and looked dangerous on a number of occasions with Macey Bannerman-Lloyd seeing a volley saved by the home keeper and Poppy Pritchard having a goal ruled out for handball in the build up.

Pritchard was not to be denied late on though, a short corner saw her fire an unstoppable right foot shot into the top corner giving the keeper and the defender on the post no chance to prevent the equaliser.

England went in search of a winner but Megan Sofield was closed down on the edge of the box just when it looked like she had created space for a clear shot on goal and they were grateful to Sophia Poor for a last second save to deny the hosts.

Overall their unbeaten record in their two tour games will set the girls up for their next match, a tough test away to the Republic of Ireland in the John Read Trophy next month before the start of the Bob Docherty Cup in April.

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