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 U18 Schoolboys 1-1 Australia U18 Schoolboys- Match Report

England had to come from behind to share the spoils in their International Schoolboy friendly at Stafford Town on Saturday afternoon.

A cool but dry afternoon greeted the teams and once the game kicked off it was the visiting Australian side who settled first with captain Lachlan Sepping pulling the strings in midfield although chances at either end were few and far between.

Taylor Haddow in the England goal was certainly the busier of the two keepers and made a fine low save to deny Jordan Metcalfe from 12 yards out after a neat move from the visitors.

England’s best opening came not long after when Kenyatta Bernal just failed to beat Aussie keeper Luke Genua to a through ball from Hans Mpongo.

Shortly after it was roles reversed as Bernal’s midfield challenge set Mpongo racing through but the defence closed in and Dimitri Kostopoulos snuffed out the chance with a fine tackle just inside the box.

It was Metcalfe, an early substitute for the injured Jack Berte, who put Australia into the lead in the 33rd minute, taking advantage of a heavy touch from skipper Ross Johnstone to nip and and fire home off the post from the edge of the box giving Haddow no chance.

England made a number of changes to begin the second half and the game began to open up with the home side seeing Taylor Richardson put the defence under pressure from a header forward by Brad Santos and he poked the ball past the keeper but narrowly wide of the far post.

Charlie Dickerson then saw his cross headed over from Thomas Duffy from 8 yards out which was probably the clearest chance of the game for the hosts so far with the home side looking much sharper and dangerous in the second half.

Reece Wylie then made a fine run to the byline but his cross into the box was fired narrowly wide by Santos but it would not be long before the equaliser came.

Carter Lycett and Ben Reay combined well with the latter’s touch pass setting up Ethan Warne to curl home from 18 yards out shortly before the hour mark.

Despite plenty of effort from both sides the game was again short of clear chances until late in the game when the Aussies threatened, Jay McGowan fired narrowly wide and Connor Rose forced Cameron Pike into a save as the game approached the final 10 minutes.

Metcalfe will probably still be wondering how he failed to get the final touch for his second goal from inside the 6 yard box under pressure from England skipper Johnstone but the final score of 1-1 was ultimately a fair result over the 90 minutes.

The England squad will now prepare for their training camp in Eindhoven next month with the 4 days together a key part of the preparation for the Centenary Shield fixtures.

Man of the match: Ethan Warne 

A big thank you to 353 photography for the images as well as for writing the match report. A full release of all the images of the game will be available from 353 Photography, available via their website or twitter page.