Brent Girls fly at Emirates

The Brent U12 Girls squad put on a first class team performance against a strong Arsenal side at the Arsenal Hub at the Emirates Stadium.

Scout Waddington showed why she is the team’s top goalscorer scoring four in Brent's 5-3 victory.

Brent started strongly but Arsenal took the lead with a well worked goal. Waddington then leapt into action intercepting a loose pass before smashing the ball into the top corner to level the score.

Brent then piled on the pressure. Apolonia Margetson tackled in midfield and passed to Chloe O’Donohue who hit a screamer inches wide. Then, Brent captain Giusseppina Carnavale burst into the box to shoot but the Arsenal 'keeper produced a fine save. Arsenal regained the lead with a counter attack to make it 2-1. Played at a high tempo, the match stepped up a gear as both teams fought for the all-important next goal. Arsenal broke and for once got past defenders Sophie Kew and Kirsty Dibley-Dias but keeper Milly-May Blue made a reflex save, diving to her right. Then, on the stroke of half time, Waddington showed strength, holding off her marker before rifling the ball into the net making the half-time score 2-2.

Arsenal started to pass well and pushed forward from the restart and they regained the lead with a long range shot. Brent responded superbly, drawing level after a great passing move involving Dibley-Dias and Carnavale who released Waddington to equalise with a thunderbolt from the edge of the box.

The game opened up with both teams moving into all-out attack mode. Brent went into the lead for the first time when Raaya McIntosh passed to Laiba Mir in midfield. Mir found Scout Waddington on the edge of the box and she outpaced her marker to coolly shoot into the net. The scoring was completed when Carnavale drove the ball across a crowded box with such power that it ricocheted into the net 5-3.

Brent coach Chris Ampofo said afterwards “The team showed great character and courage to come back three times. A huge thank you to Arsenal for giving Brent the opportunity to come to the stadium. It has been a great experience and the team really enjoyed themselves.”

Brent next face Queens Park Sharks in a top of the table clash at Regents Park on December 1.

Squad: Chloe O'Donoghue, Elizabeth Ulusele, Keely Dibley-Dias, Maya Rosenberg, Scout Waddington, Apolonia Margetson, Sophie Kew, Tirion Lewis, Kathleen Ferreira, Matilda Easterby, Milly-May Blue, Raya McIntosh, Laiba Mir, Giussepina Carnevale (capt)

Barking & Dagenham U11 Boys 2-3 Brent U11 Boys

Brent's Under-11 Boys took on Barking and Dagenham in the group stages of the Lester Finch Trophy. Brent started slowly but showed their cutting edge when a threaded through ball from the lively Jack was met by Troy who rounded the keeper and slotted home for 1-0. 

Brent looked to press their advantage but were caught on the counter-attack by a slick Barking goal. 

Brent showed their character by bouncing back and Conor Moore latched onto a clearance to strike fiercely into the top right hand corner which ensured Brent led 2-1 at half-time. 

Brent stepped up their game in the second half and had several chances to extend their lead, with Troy, Kalungi and Fabian all going close. It was Troy who extended Brent’s lead when he chipped the keeper from 25 yards. 

Barking remained dangerous and pulled one back as they responded quickest to a save from a powerful free kick. This inspired a late rally from the home side but Brent held firm to claim the points. 

After the match, the coach observed: “This was a real team performance where the players played with confidence and at times swagger. It's a strong foundation to keep progressing on”. 

Squad: Joe Barrett, Troy Kelly, Casper Lindner, Kalungi Lovell, Conor Moore, Armend Muslika, Tyreece Pollendine, Fabian Prela, Deon Selmani, Dhyan Sharma, Jack Somers, Bernardo Zanuncio and Zak Zebiri.

LSS 0-8 Brent U12 Girls

Brent Under-12 Girls' terrific run continued with an impressive performance against LSS FC at Regent's Park. Brent attacked straight from the kick off and were rewarded when Giuseppina Carnevale's fierce cross-shot hit the post and captain Scout Waddington shot on the turn to fire the rebound into the net. 

Carnavale scored the second with a superb solo effort dribbling past two defenders before sending a thunderbolt into the top corner. Chloe O'Donoghue got in on the act to make it three, collecting a pass from Apolonia Margetson and dribbling into the box before blasting the ball past the keeper. 

LSS rallied and showed courage but Sophie Kew and Keely Dibley-Dias worked tirelessly in defense  to protect keeper Milly-May Blue. Waddington put the game beyond the home side, completing her hatrick with a crisp left foot shot after good work by Kathleen Santos Ferreira to make it 4-0.  

Waddington volleyed her team 5-0 up from a corner. Then, a superb pass in midfield by Keely Dibley-Dias released O'Donoghue who outpaced her marker before slotting the ball home to put her team 6-0 ahead.  Brent's next strike was the goal of the game. Raaya McIntosh passed to Elizabeth Ulusele who threaded the ball through to Tirion Lewis. Lewis cut in from the wing slipping the ball to Waddington to shoot past the keeper completing a great team goal. Waddington also scored the final goal, reacting quickest in a goal mouth scramble.

Brent coach Kjell Sung said after the match: "That was the best performance of the season. The team spirit is fantastic and some of the passing was excellent."

Brent: Scout Waddington (capt), Chloe O'Donoghue, Giuseppina Carnevale, Keely Dibley-Dias, Kathleen Santos Ferreira, Milly-May Blue, Raya McIntosh, Sophie Kew, Tirion Lewis, Apolonia Margetson, Elizabeth Ulusele.


Other Results 03/11/18

Brent Under-12 Boys put on their best performance of the season in a seven goal thriller away to Hillingdon but were edged out, going down 4-3. 

Brent Under-14 Boys started well away to Hillingdon, showing improvement on previous performances. Brent also scored the goal of the game thanks to Dion's amazing thirty yard drive but were ultimately beaten 6-2.

Brent under 13's battled bravely but lost 9-4 at home to Hillingdon.

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