Rising star Bowman shines in Manchester United Tournament

Matthew Bowman, pictured with his sister Anna
Matthew Bowman, pictured with his sister Anna

Scarborough College pupil Matthew Bowman has continued his fine footballing form by tackling Manchester United and Liverpool's rising stars.

Having been given the honour of captaining the National Independent Schools Under-15s during their Easter Tour to Scotland, with fixtures versus Hibs and Celtic, both of which Matthew scored in, he was again chosen to skipper the side in the Manchester United Tournament held at United's Carrington Training Complex.

Opponents for the day's Festival of Football were Manchester United, Liverpool and Aston Villa, three of the country's top Category One Football Academies.

The ISFA Under-15s put in a highly credible performance over the course of the day.

Comprising of players selected from the length and breadth of the country, many of whom play for Championship and League One and Two club academies, the ISFA team began the day by drawing 0-0 against United before losing narrowly to Villa, the strongest side in the tournament, and Liverpool.

For a side who only meet up every six to seven weeks and only get the opportunity to train together prior to playing, the team have put in some highly credible performances over the course of the season with victories over the likes of Watford, Birmingham City, Burton Albion and Hibs and narrow defeats to Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Celtic.