Table Adjustments in Inter-District Leagues

A number of adjustments have had to be made to the League Tables in the Inter-District competitions following the matches of 20th January 2018.

Camden & Islington District SFA

After the U15 Star Shield match between Camden & Islington and Brent on 20th January 2018, which Camden & Islington won 5-2, it became apparent that Camden & Islington had fielded a substitute whose school was not, in fact, within their district. This was immediately reported to MSFA and while the Association accepts that no deliberate attempt was made to gain an advantage, the decision has been made to deduct three points from their total in accordance with Association Rule 2v.

Haringey District SFA

This association has entered teams in all of the Association's Inter-District Leagues, but has forfeited the vast majority of its fixtures. Haringey's U12 side has not fulfilled a single fixture, while the teams at U13, U14 and U15 have each played one match but failed to field teams in any of their other fixtures.

With this in mind, the Association has concluded that Haringey District SFA's consistent concession of fixtures is unfair to the other districts who have taken part in these competitions. As such, the decision has been made to expunge the records of Haringey's U12-U15 teams inclusive from the relevant League Tables and to cancel those fixtures that remain outstanding.

Haringey's Under-11 team, which has fulfilled its most recent matches in the Batchelor Cup, shall continue in that competition and their future fixtures remain valid.

Under-14 Rep. Team into last eight

Middlesex 4-1 Norfolk

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Saturday 25th November 2017

A strong second half performance helped Middlesex into the quarter-finals of the English Schools’ FA Trophy. The hosts started cautiously against a confident Norfolk side, who passed the ball well without troubling the Seaxes defence. In the 15th minute Middlesex scored an excellent counter-attacking goal; Reiss Walker caught a cross and quickly threw the ball to wing-back Zak Sturge who burst down the left flank, beating three players then crossing the ball to striker Henry Okenia who volleyed past the Norfolk goalkeeper from the edge of the penalty area. 

Middlesex grew in confidence and played some lovely football as they kept possession of the ball, but were unable to make their dominance count. On the stroke of half time, Middlesex took their foot off the pedal as a Norfolk striker pounced on to a loose ball and slotted the ball into the net, ensuring the game was level at the interval. 

Middlesex exploded out of their blocks in the second half, immediately winning the ball from the visitors. Middlesex midfielders Kai Williams and Martino Morgan-Germain dictated play and moved the ball well while substitute Ervis Sherrniku displayed his own skills.

Matthew Anderson - the smallest player on the pitch - became a big problem for Norfolk as he found himself everywhere on the pitch and started to dictate play, feeding some lovely balls into his team mates. The quick-footed Ervis Sherrniku scored the Seaxes second goal 20 minutes into the second half,  latching on to a loose ball and scoring with finesse.

At this point, Middlesex were in cruise control. What looked like a cross from Felix Frimpong lobbed the Norfolk ‘keeper from the wing. After the game, Frimpong said that he meant it. The scoring was completed when Jamie Sacopon scored his first County goal of the season and Middlesex’s fourth on the day, making a thunderous run then rounding the ‘keeper.

Middlesex manager Dean Sylvester observed that “this was a great all-round team performance.  The boys can go all the way to the finals if they continue to perform in such a professional manner.” Middlesex face Hampshire away next for a place in the semi-finals.

Squad: Reiss Walker, Zak Sturge, Dajuan Deans, D'vonte Bristol, Tobi Ogundega, Felix Frimpong, Martino Morgan-Germain, Kai Williams, Makel Brazille, Henry Okenia, Jamie Sacopon, Ervis Sherrniku, James Penny, Matthew Anderson

U16 Rep. Team knocked out of national cup

Middlesex 1-3 Essex

English Schools' FA Inter-County Trophy
Saturday 25th November 2017

Middlesex went out of the English Schools FA Inter County Trophy at the Second Round stage, losing 3 -1 at home to Essex. Middlesex will be disappointed as there were large periods of the game where they dominated play but were unable to capitalise on some excellent goalscoring opportunities that fell their way.

The opening minutes were uneventful before Middlesex’s Shammar Swaby was adjudged to have been just offside when through on goal while Thierry Thomas-Gaye in the Middlesex goal rushed off his goal-line to prevent Essex from having a shot on target.

Essex opened the scoring in the 9th minute when a corner from the left was headed clear and from the resulting corner from the right, the ball was headed home at the far post. The Middlesex response was immediate and within two minutes they were level when Hadi Issa found Swaby outside the Essex penalty area and he took a touch before drilling the ball home.

Within a minute Essex almost regained the lead from a corner that crossed the Middlesex goal-line but none of their players reacted quickly enough to tab the ball in.

A visiting defender was shown a yellow card in the 14th minute for a lunging tackle on Kahlil Francis two yards outside the Essex penalty area and from the resulting free-kick Louie Adedeji saw shot his effort on target palmed away and cleared.
Thomas-Gaye superbly blocked an Essex attempt on goal in the 22nd minute before Chandler Harris was substituted by Rahul Bhundia after picking up a knock after a strong challenge in the middle of the park.

In the 24th minute, Essex regained the lead when a shot from the edge of the Middlesex penalty area took a deflection past the despairing dive of Thomas-Gaye in the Seaxes' goal. Minutes later Thomas-Gaye prevented Essex from extending their lead by once again rushing off his goal line and making himself big by blocking another attempt on goal.

In the 30th minute, Essex did make it 3 -1 when a cross from the right was headed home unchallenged at the far post.    

Middlesex went close to reducing the deficit when Swaby won the ball on the right and passed to Kahlil Francis but he was unable to score from an acute angle before Swaby saw his effort just before half time clear the Essex crossbar.         

Issa was replaced by Harris who re-entered the field at the start of the second half and Middlesex started brightly with Shane Kettle seeing his header saved from a Swaby cross from the left by-line.

In the 48th minute, with the game becoming more physical, the referee booked a player from each side after an off-the-ball confrontation. With Middlesex needing an early goal to get back into the game, it was Essex who almost extended their lead in the 50th minute, seeing a looping header go inches wide of the post.

The lively Swaby saw his shot on the half volley palmed away before Francis saw his headed effort on goal go just wide. With Middlesex pressing forward substitution Jojo Thabo was very unlucky to see his effort when through on goal hit the foot of the left-hand post and seeing his follow up effort go wide. Minutes later substitute Dominic D’Souza found Thabo but his effort with just the goalkeeper to beat went wide.

Essex picked up their third yellow card of the game for dissent in the 73rd minute but with Middlesex unable to muster another meaningful attempt on the Essex goal in the final 10 minutes the visitors went through to the next round.

The Seaxes' final game of 2017 will be away to Kent next Saturday in the SEESFA LC Hill Trophy where they will be looking for another three points.

Middlesex: Louie Adedeji, Eisa Azab (Captain), Rahul Bhundia, Dominic D’Souza, Jack Egan, Jojo Thabo, Kahlil Francis, Chandler Harris, Hadi Issa, Shane Kettle, Nathan Omar Mohamed, Shammar Swaby, Thierry Thomas-Gaye