Reading Academy starlet, Jack Nolan, has recently featured for England in the U17 Algarve tournament. Jack was selected off the back of a string of strong performances for both club and country and faced the likes of Germany and Holland. With a 1 – 1 draw against Germany and 2 – 0 victory over Holland, Jack has continued to show he is worthy of a place on the International platform.
Over the past few weeks, the ETC has played a string of Academy games, at various ages, against Portsmouth Football Club and Southampton Football Club. These games have played host to over 50 ETC players and have been a fantastic learning experience for them, with Academy interest subsequently shown in many. With further games scheduled for the coming months, we look forward to seeing our emerging crop of young players flourish.
Huge congratulations to Mikey Saunders on achieving a scholarship at Southampton FC. Mikey attended ETC sessions during his time at Fulham FC and in the off season, and was one of only a handful of players selected to attended our position specific workshops with Steve Guppy. Mikey also starred in an ETC fixture vs the Saints where he scored two goals. We wish Mikey the best of luck for the next two years at Southampton FC!
Huge congratulations to Under 11 player David on signing registration forms at Southampton FC Academy. All at ETC are delighted to have played a small part alongside his grassroots team in supporting his development into a professional clubs academy. David joins four other former ETC players in this Southampton side. This is a fantastic achievement and testament to David’s effort and commitment in training and games. Everyone at ETC wishes him the best of luck for his future with the Saints!
An incredible evening!
ETC graduate and Reading FC player Jack Nolan nets the winner against Germany U17. Goals from substitutes Bobby Duncan and Jack Nolan either side of Fabrice Hartmann’s leveller saw the Young Lions prevail in the friendly tournament match in Rotherham.
An end-to-end first half somehow finished goalless before both defences were breached following the restart.
It was England that fashioned the first chance of the game and it perhaps should have yielded the first goal of the game. An electric burst from Curtis Jones down the left saw him slide a ball into the path of Rayhaan Tulloch in the box, who composed himself on the angle before having the ball plucked off his toe by Daniel Klein in the Germany goal. The chance didn’t end there though and as the loose ball fell to the edge of the area, Thomas Doyle followed up, only to see his low strike well blocked by a defender.
A Jones free kick just seconds later was tipped over the top corner at the last second by Klein before the Germany stopper was called into action again from the resultant set piece, this time making a solid save from James Garner’s powerful header.
Germany’s first sight of goal fell to an unlikely source in the form of left back Noah Katterbach, who found himself in an advanced position allowing him room for a shot following a spell of pressure. The German defender steadied himself on the edge of the area and curled a right-footed effort at the far post which had the ‘keeper beaten, but went wide of the target.
The pendulum swung once more just seconds later though with England forging another good chance after a break down the left flank. Mason Greenwood’s charge into the area was almost rewarded with a goal but a well-position Tulloch had an effort blocked in the six yard box following Klein’s parry from the initial effort.
Encouraged by his early sighting of goal, left back Katterbach fancied his chances again on the half hour mark and came even closer to the first goal of the game. It was a stark contrast to his deft curling effort which threatened the opener this time, as he unleashed a thunderbolt of an effort with his left foot from 25 yards out which whizzed inches over Arthur Okwonko’s crossbar.
Half-time | Germany U17 0 v 0 England U17
The 10 minutes following the restart didn’t produce the same level of chances as the first half had suggested it would but England almost took the lead in bizarre fashion on 53 minutes. The chance came from a corner which was taken by skipper Doyle and evaded everybody including the goalkeeper before flashing inches wide of the far post.
Chances remained infrequent but England showed their clinical side when one fell their way on 61 minutes. A patient approach from the Young Lions saw substitute Duncan collect the ball in the box amidst a sea of bodies, but a clever change of direction opened things up and allowed him to drill an effort into the bottom corner to put his side ahead.
Duncan would have doubled his tally for the evening just a couple of minutes later when he had the ball in the back of the net again. However, the forward’s run was deemed mistimed by the assistant referee, who was quick to raise his flag and chalk off his effort,
Germany had failed to conjure the same attacking flair that they had prior to the interval but like their English counterparts, ensured they took their chance when it came. There looked to be little danger when substitute Hartmann received the ball from the left, but after turning and forcing a good save from Okwonko in the England goal, he showed good alertness to respond and tap home the rebound and make it 1-1.
Parity didn’t last long at AESSEAL New York Stadium and the Young Lions restored their lead just four minutes after the leveller. Greenwood’s refusal to give up in the final third saw him pick the pocket of Bozdogan near the byline and play a lovely pass across the face of goal to Nolan, who applied the simplest of tap ins with the goal at his mercy.
Full-time | Germany U17 1 v 2 England U17
Huge congratulations to Under 10 player Jordan Terry on signing registration forms at Portsmouth FC Academy. All at ETC are delighted to have played a small part alongside his grassroots teams in supporting his development into a professional clubs academy. Jordan’s performances in training and fixtures have continually improved as a result of his hard work and dedication. This opportunity is nothing more than he deserves. Everyone at ETC wish Jordan the best of luck for his future at the club!
One of the ETC’s former starlets, Josh Sims, recently returned to training to share his experiences with our aspiring footballers. Josh, a Premier League player for Southampton FC, took time from his busy rehabilitation schedule to say hello and speak to our groups. The boys were in awe and have continued to apply themselves every week since.
David Setters, an Under 14 from our High Performance division, has recently signed for Porstmouth Football Club. David, who has been an integral part of our system for many years now, has earnt the opportunity to call himself an Academy footballer through his unquestionable hard work and commitment to development. He is a shining example for all young ETC players to aspire towards and we have no doubt he will continue to shine for many years at Portsmouth.
Great to listen to former ETC player Kyle Clinton’s journey from grassroots to Georgia State University Mens Soccer via ETC and Southampton FC. Shows there are different pathways in the game and to never give up on the dream.
Jack Nolan, a former ETC youngster who is now at Reading FC, recently earnt his International colours with a call up for England. Having previously played for Northen Ireland, Jack is no stranger to this platform and has put in some fantastic performances. We hope to see Jack wearing the three lions for many years to come.