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England U15 Schoolgirls travel to Dublin for the John Read Trophy

The England U15 Schoolgirls travel to Dublin this weekend for a game against their Republic of Ireland Counterparts in the John Read Trophy. This is the girls’ last friendly before their competitive fixtures at the end of the international season in the Bob Docherty Trophy, which is scheduled to take place at Lilleshall National Sports Centre from 15 – 17 April.

The final friendly is to be played on Saturday 7th March at the FAI HQ, Abbotstown and is scheduled to kick off at 1pm.

The girls have recently returned from a 5-day training camp in Eindhoven, Holland where they played two friendly matches and developed important team chemistry that they help to take forward for the rest of the season. Click here to view highlights of their friendly game vs F.C Utrecht.

Phil Harding, ESFA Chairman said “On behalf of the English Schools’ FA, I would like to wish both teams participating in the John Read Trophy this weekend, the very best of luck. It can be difficult for us to secure fixtures at the Girls’ U15 level to create a more robust programme of International activity for the squad and this match provides a much needed opportunity for the girls. I hope that the team bonding that took place during their training camp in Eindhoven over half term shows even further improvement in the girls’ game in Abbotstown”.

Since 1904 English Schools’ Football Association has been the governing body for schools’ football in England. The ESFA are proud of their remit as an educational organisation and have deeply rooted values and beliefs in the importance of schools’ football for children in England. The Association is proud to be able to run an international programme for girls and hopes to grow the provision available to these players over coming years.

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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