ESFA U18 off to a Flying Friendly Start

Friday 03 February 2017By ESFA Office

Last Updated:
27/02/2017 16:52:15

England U18s 2017 & Team Management

Last weekend, the English Schools' FA Under 18 England Squad descended on Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire for their first training weekend as a full squad. The team, named in January following their success through the national trials process, were presented with their ESFA kit, supplied by our fantastic partners, Pendle and took part in training sessions across the weekend, before facing the Australian U18 School team for England's first friendly match as a full squad.

The England Squad underwent training sessions at Lilleshall last weekend

The game, arranged as part of the Australian's 2017 tour of the UK, took place on Saturday 28 January in the grounds of Lilleshall Hall.

Australia U18 School Squad line up with England U18s ahead of their friendly match

England took time to adjust to never having played together as a complete team. Despite this and whilst being under constant Australian pressure for the first 15 minutes, took the lead with an outstanding long distance strike by Barlow (1-0). This gave England the 'fill-up' they needed and despite several attempts at the Australian goal, conceded a deflected own goal after 35 minutes (Baylis OG 1-1). This gave the Australians the impetus they needed and their continued possession in front of the England goal was rewarded in the 40th minute with a goal by the Australian number 10 Ssemakula (1-2).

Australia continued to dominate the remainder of the half, coming close to scoring on more than one occasion. England however gained a corner in the final minute of the period, from which Butler scored (45mins 2-2). This was to prove to be the turning point of the game as England started the second half on level terms.

The second half saw a now confident England side begin to come to terms with the dominance of the Australian mid field and forwards which had characterised the first half.

England increased their possession and were rewarded in the 63rd minute with a goal by Ahrin (3-2). Three minutes later Copper added a 4th (4-2). Australia made several major substitution decisions in an attempt to address the difference. However, Cooper's goal in the 87th minute (5-2) and a missed penalty by Adyei a minute later, characterised England's firm grip of the second half which took the game away from the Australians.

Hopeful that the squad will continue this success in pursuit of holding onto the Centenary Shield for a second year, we wish the boys all the best with the rest of their training and luck with their first competitive match, which isn't due to take place until 3 March v Scotland at a changed location from St Mirren to Cappielow Park, the home of Greenock Morton FC.

Next up for the England squad is another training camp in the North of England which will include a match against an ISFA (Independent Schools’ FA) team and a cultural visit to our partners at the National Football Museum – more information on this to be released soon!

England U18 Squad – Saturday 28 January

First Half

1

STONE, Aidan (GK)

2

RAMDIN, Jean Luc

3

O’HALLORAN

4

MOHAMMED, Shahban

5

BAYLISS, Dan

6

NGALO, Jordan

8

COOPER, Jack

10

SHORT, Connor

11

BARLOW, Daniel

14

ADJEI, Kingsford

16

BUTLER, Jack

Second half

2

RAMDIN, Jean Luc

4

MOHAMMED, Shahban

5

BAYLISS, Dan

7

WATTERS, Max

8

COOPER, Jack

9

ARHIN, Frank

11

BARLOW, Daniel

12

STATEN, Jordan

14

ADJEI, Kingsford

15

WATSON, Henry

20

HARRIS, Max (GK)

Pendle – Our Kit Suppliers

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