Brent Schools’ U10 girls team took part in their first ever tournament on Saturday, hosted by the Capital Girls' League.
Brent were placed in Group A along with Alexandra Park Youth North and Barnet Nightingales, in which all teams had to play each other twice.
Brent’s first game was up against APY North which resulted in a 4-4 draw. The girls showed great teamwork with accurate passing through the lines and great finishing by Molly O’Connor (2) and Natalia Camara (2). Georgie Stone started in goal and she impressed after making some terrific one on one saves.
Brent’s next game came up against a very strong Barnet side. Although the girls lost the game 3-1, Brent were able to create chances through some great passing and movement off the ball. Molly O’Connor scored a great goal placing the ball beyond Barnet’s goalkeeper.
In our second game against APY North, Brent were again unfortunate not to come away with the win. There was some great link-up play from Kate and Maia Fox as well as some super saves from Georgie Stone in goal. APY North’s goalkeeper was on good form and Brent were unlucky to lose 2-0.
Our final game against Barnet was much improved. Now the girls had played a few games together, they looked much more comfortable in communicating with one another. Brent showed process with their defending off the ball with some great tackles from Maia Fox and Georgie Stone. Molly O’Connor scored another great goal with her left foot into the bottom corner after a great pass down the right from Kate Fox. However, again Barnet were too strong and they came out on top with a 2-1 win.
For their first tournament together, the girls played magnificently. Special mentions to Molly O’Connor, Natalia Camara and Georgie Stone who all played outstanding. Kate and Maia Fox are vastly improving in their football and they formed a great partnership in defence. Brent coaches James and Patricia were very impressed with the team performance over the four games and they are both looking forward to taking the girls into the next tournament.
Brent Schools’ FA’s girls teams took part in a tournament ahead of London Bees’ Continental Tyres Cup game at home to Watford, which the Bees won after a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
Brent were in a group with older teams and despite this put in strong performances against Watford and Boreham Wood with goals from Maria Carnavale and sister Guissepina. Esther Huber, Matilda Easterby and Scout Waddington played well in midfield, passing through the lines.
Brent saved the best to last with a victory over Goldbeaters to clinch third place. Maya Rosneberg opened the scoring, blasting the ball in off the far post to cap a good team goal. Sophie Kew started the move by bursting though midfield then passing to Apollonia Margetson who slipped the ball to Natalia Camara for the skilful Camara to jink past two defenders and set up Rosenberg to score.
Goldbeaters fought bravely to get an equaliser but with Shaina Swaby making an impressive debut alongside Keely Dibley-Dias in defense they were kept at bay. On the one occasion Goldbeaters did get a shot on goal Natalya Barat- Marie made a superb reflex save to maintain the lead and clinch the bronze medals.
The U10s also played well in their first outing of the season. Georgie Stone, Apollonia Margetson and Natalia Camara were all outstanding. The borough girls more than held their own in a group with Watford and Boreham Wood who were the eventual winners. Eabha Kennedy, who at age 8 is the youngest-ever player to represent Brent, showed great skill in midfield.
In recognition of their efforts the Brent girls squad were invited to meet the Bees players in the tunnel before the game and accompany them onto the pitch for the pre-match handshake and complete an unforgettable day for the young Brent players. Brent coach Chris Ampofo commented: “I am so proud of the girls. They showed great spirit and played some good football. It was lovely to see them on the pitch with the First Team girls. I’d like to say a big thank you to the London Bees for giving them that experience.”
Squad: Apollonia Margetson, Eabha Kennedy, Esther Huber, Georgie Stone, Guissepina and Maria Carnevale, Keely Dibley–Dias, Matilda Easterby, Maya Rosenberg, Natalya Barat- Marie, Shaina Swaby, Scout Waddington, Sophie Kew
Brent Schools' FA coach Joe Pascoe has been named as Volunteer of the Year at The Pride of Brent awards.
Joe was recognised for his outstanding contribution to football in Brent. Joe runs the Brent U11 team as well as the Middlesx Schools' FA Under-16 Representative team and coaches with Hendon Youth FC. If that wasn’t enough he runs after school activity at St Robert Southwell School. Joe has been a champion of girls football. He led the FA-backed Wildcats football centre on behalf of Brent Schools' FA and is bringing along the next generation of coaches, mentoring his daughter Olivia Pascoe who also supports the girls football teams.
Joe is an FA Level 2 coach who plans to take his UEFA B licence next year. He played under Martin O’Neil for Wycombe Wanderers, has championed football in the borough for over 10 years and was also nominated for Coach of the Year last season in the Middlesex FA's section of The FA Community Awards. Joe Pascoe commented that: “It is an honour to be recognised by Brent. I have really accepted the award on behalf of all of the other people who give their time to provide opportunities for young people in the borough.”