Loughborough Defeat England ISFA

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The select Loughborough squad consisting of a mixture of 1st to U19 squad members took on the best independent school talent in the country proving Loughborough’s status as a major football club in England.

The first twenty minutes saw Loughborough dominated by the young ISFA squad who appeared quick on the ball and threatening towards goal. The lead was snatched by the ISFA boys after a left foot drive from Roy Chatterjee had the Loughborough keeper picking the ball out of the back of the net.

Loughborough responded quickly working well on the counter attack, creating opportunities and testing their goal keeper on numerous occasions. A free-kick taken by former ISFA player Rory Fallon was neatly deflected to equalise leaving half time only moments away.

Loughborough’s select squad took the lead on the stroke of half time after a powerful turn and strike in the box, leaving the maroon shirts on top going into half time.

The second half saw both sides battling in the centre of the pitch, equally defending well and using their counter attack to produce chances.

Loughborough narrowly missed two opportunities, Tom Deval heading a ball onto the safety of the cross bar and a shot being cleared off the line within the space of minutes.

Loughborough’s third goal came from a cross, powerfully headed in on target. ISFA responded well under the maroon pressure as a free-kick was fumbled around the penalty area finally being slotted into the net by Charlie Pilkington.

The final moments saw yet another Loughborough cross headed towards the back of the net and an extra time lope over the Loughborough keeper for the ISFA squad left the visitor’s efforts valiant. As the whistle echoed across Cayley Pitch, Loughborough celebrated yet another victory over strong opponents.

 Ashley Fongho, Loughborough’s right back told Label; ‘ISFAs forwards were good athletes but it was quite comfortable, hopefully the win will help enhance Loughborough's reputation and recruitment and allow us to play against other representative sides’.  

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