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Royal Russell School Boys-U15A vs  THE ARSENAL INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS TROPHY
On: Wednesday, 08 Nov 2023
Venue: Away

Boys U16s Football

The Arsenal Independent Schools Trophy

A fantastic day out for the U15/16s who participated in a fantastic tournament held at the prestigious Arsenal Youth Training Ground. 6 schools participated in what was an excellent tournament.

Hampton School 0-2 Loss:

The 1st game saw our boys play against Hampton U16s and were behind inside 2 minutes. Russell had a few chances but couldn’t equalise and Hampton eventually got a 2nd to win 2-0.

Buckswood School 2-0 Win:

Russell dominated from the 1st minute and created numerous very good chances with Dylan De Gale, Phoenix Valentine and Kodai Fujita not managing to convert. However, the boys did eventually get their rewards as Kodai Fujita scored 2 with assists coming from Oliver Stephens and Bobby Hassell. An excellent performance from the team.

Dulwich College 2-0 win:

A good game against last year's U15s ISFA Cup champions saw us press really well once again and scored a good goal when Dylan De Gale slipped in Kodai Fujita to finish. Zac Brennan then added a 2nd goal with a fantastic strike from 25 yards out into the top corner.

Brooke House College 2-4 loss:

This time we were up against last year's ESFA Elite Cup winners Brooke House. We started in the worse possible fashion conversing inside 1 minute. Before we knew it the quality of Brooke House was all to see as we went 3-0 down. Russell showed character pulling one back with Phoenix Valentine. Brooke House got another to make it 4-1. However, Phoenix Valentine reduced the deficit after great work from Dylan de Gale 4-2.

Bede’s School 0-0 draw:

The final game saw both teams knowing they couldn’t win the tournament. However, both teams played some good football. Kodai Fujita and Evan Newman had chances but both teams failed to score with the game finishing 0-0.

A fantastic achievement for our young boys of which the majority were U15s playing in an U16s tournament, playing up against some great footballing schools. The team came 3rd out of 6 teams. An amazing experience and one the boys should be proud to have been a part of.

Player of the tournament: Phoenix Valentine