News & Match Reports
Brent U13 14-2 Harrow U13
Brent finished their league campaign winning all 8 of their Compton Cup league games with a 14-2 away win against Harrow. Dominic D’Souza scored 4 goals and Drilon Krasniqi bagged a hat-trick as Brent ran riot scoring 10 goals in a scintillating second half performance. D’Souza almost scored in the 5th minute when through on goal but shot wide before putting Brent 1-0 up on 10 minutes when he ran through on goal from a Krasniqi pass and scored with a low shot that went in off the post. On 12 minutes it was 2-0 after Ghellor Kweme won the ball on the left and passed to Krasniqi in the Harrow 6 yard box and he slotted home.
D’Souza, Kweme and Shammer Swaby all had efforts on the Harrow goal that went close before Krasniqi scored his second goal direct from a free kick from outside the Harrow penalty area. Swaby almost scored Brent’s 4th when shooting just wide after good work by Zac Cowen on 30 minutes before Cowen’s brilliant volley just cleared the Harrow bar. Kweme made it 4-0 just before half time when the ball was not cleared in the Harrow penalty area and he fired home.
Harrow started the second half brightly and forced an early corner before pulling a goal back with a shot from outside the penalty area. Brent responded and D’Souza scored his second goal on 43 minutes firing home after Swaby’s initial shot on goal was well saved by the Harrow goalkeeper and 2 minutes later D’Souza scored his hat-trick running through on goal from just inside the Harrow half from another Krasniqi pass and slotting the ball calmly home to make the score 6-1. Swaby made it 7-1 beating 2 defenders before finishing superbly before Ahmed Mahdi made it 8-1.
D’Souza scored his 4th goal when he redirected Krasniqi’s shot on goal for Brent’s ninth before Harrow scored their second goal. Krasniqi scored his hat-trick heading home from a D’Souza corner on 57 minutes before Ismail Mansour’s thunderbolt from just inside the Harrow penalty area made it 11-2. Mahdi made it 12 with perhaps the goal of the match lobbing the Harrow goalkeeper from just inside the Harrow half. Swaby scored his second after dribbling past 3 defenders before smashing the ball home and Cowen scored Brent’s final goal to make the final score 14-2.
Brent 3-1 Harrow
On Saturday 21st March, the Brent Under-11 squad produced a very determined performance to beat Harrow in the Middlesex Cup. The game showed the great depth and quality of the squad. Harrow had a the early possession without troubling Brent’s goalkeeper Joshua Aaron. Brent’s strategy was to counter-attack with pace and power with the focal point being Antonio Dennis. His first goal showed great composure. After outmuscling the Harrow defence and bursting clear Dennis calmly rounded the goalkeeper and tapped into the empty net. Brent were forced to make a substitution after Palanding Fatti twisted his ankle. This signalled a shuffle of personnel and positions. Rahman Yesufu, normally utilised as a striker came into defence and put in a Man of the match performance. His awareness and speed and tackling was a joy throughout the rest of the game.
The changes made Brent stronger if anything. Brent worked hard throughout the game and in the second half. Antonio Dennis, a thorn in the side of Harrow throughout the game added a further two goals to complete his hatrick. His third goal showed his great quality and balance, volleying in with his left foot from well outside the area. Harrow scored a consolation goal at the end but Brent remained focused and closed the game out calmly.
Overall, this was a thoroughly impressive display. Brent Coach George Lappas commented: “The work-rate, enthusiasm and determination from the whole squad today was outstanding. The adaptability and attitude of the players was excellent.”
Brent U11 Girls 1-2 Barnet
Saturday 21st March saw the first ever fixture for a Brent Schools FA Girls team at any age group when the new;ly formed Under-11 squad played a friendly against Barnet. It began with the girls walking into the changing room and beaming as they saw their kits hung up ready for the day and having a photoshoot.
However on the pitch looked like it was going to be a tough day at the office as Barnet scored within the first 10 seconds after dispossessing the Brent centre back just outside her own box. The girls showed great character though as they composed themselves and began to dominate in terms of possession, territory and chances. Susan Uwaifo, Millie Glover and Lauren Thompson were all denied by great saves from the opposing goalkeeper. Then, on 20 minutes, Brent were caught out on a counter-attack and their number 10 was left unmarked at the back post to double hers and Barnet's tally. There was still time before the break for Brent to create another chance after a fantastic through ball from Ciara O’Rourke found Noelani Agyeman one-on-one with their goalkeeper. Their ‘Girl of the Match’ keeper though again made herself big to save at the feet of the Brent forward. Brent were unlucky to go in 2-0 down at the break.