News & Match Reports
Haringey 3-6 Brent
Middlesex Schools' FA, Watkin Cup, 28th January 2017
Two superb goals from Brandon Njoku set Brent on their way to their biggest win of the season so far, away to Haringey at The New River Stadium, White Hart Lane.
The first goal came after 5 minutes when Albi Alexander’s inch-perfect pass released him on the right hand side of the box and he fired into the top left corner. The second came just minutes later and was a magnificent solo effort. Njoku collected the ball thirty yards out after a neat pass by skipper Rafi Amblin then skilfully dribbled past three defenders before unleashing an unstoppable power drive into the roof of the net to double Brent’s lead.
Striker Marcel Baumard was introduced into the action, replacing the injured Theo Alexandrou. The substitute made an instant impact, reacting quickest in a goal mouth scramble to shoot into the net to make the score 3-0. Shortly afterwards, Jhamar McDonald drove down the left wing and cut back the ball for Alexander to shoot into the net and the half ended with the visitors 4-0 ahead.
Determined to stay on top, Brent started the second half quickly and centre-half Bradley Morrison was next to get onto the scoresheet, curling a free kick into the top corner. Then Marcel Baumard made it six showing good pace to find space for a fierce snap shot from 20 yards.
Haringey kept pressing to get back into the game and keeper Naythan Bryson pulled off a magnificent fingertip save from point blank range pushing the ball past the post. Rishan Herath and Stanley Willis defended superbly and kept the Haringey attacks at bay until the home side managed to get the ball into the net following a goalmouth scramble.
Then came the move of the game. With Haringey pushing forward Brent launched a classic counter attack. Morrison slid the ball to Alexander in midfield. Alexander drove a first time diagonal pass 40 yards for Jhamar McDonald to out pace the defense but his thunderbolt shot rattled the bar. In the final three minutes of the game Haringey got two quick consolation goals and the game ended 6-3.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo: “The players showed character, team spirit and determination today. They work hard in training, battled and were rewarded. To score six goals is great but the team also defended magnificently today. It was fantastic.” The win puts Brent into second place in the Middlesex League. Brent face third placed Hillingdon next at home at Northwick Park on 4 Feb. 10.00am kick off.
Brent: Albi Alexander, Marcel Baumard, Stanley Willis, Theo Alexandrou Jhamar McDonald, Rishan Herath, Naythan Bryson, Bradley Morrison, Rafi Amblin, Brandon Njoku
Brent 7-2 Haringey
Middlesex Schools' FA, Star Shield, 28th January 2017
The Brent U15 squad resumed their league campaign with a 7-2 home win against Haringey U15, with Felix Amoah, Dominic D’Souza and Saul Mensah each scoring twice. The match - Brent's fourth Star Shield victory in succession - was preceded by a minute’s silence for Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes, who died the preceding Monday after he was attacked outside Capital City Academy in Willesden.
Both sides began slowly with neither team being able to control the game and it took until the 10th minute for Brent to have their first effort on goal through Amoah before Brent’s Kahlil Francis saw his effort on goal deflected wide. Haringey saw their first effort on goal from a free kick go high over the Brent crossbar. But just one minute later from another free kick Haringey took the lead in the 15th minute with a spectacular effort from 25 yards out that went in just under the crossbar.
Javarn Bernard went close to equalising within a minute but saw his effort well saved by the legs of the Haringey goalkeeper. From the resulting corner, Rahul Bhundia saw his header go over the Haringey crossbar. Brent continued to push forward and forced a couple of corners in succession before Mensah, D’Souza and Amoah all saw their efforts on the Haringey goal well saved.
Brent equalised in the 32nd minute when Amoah’s cross from the left was met by D’Souza who scored with his left foot from just outside the Haringey 6-yard box. William Ribeiro went close to putting Brent in front before half time but he saw his effort on target saved.
Brent started the second half strongly with Mensah seeing his effort blocked before Francis saw his powerful drive from 25 yards pushed onto the crossbar and over for a corner. Brent took the lead in the 50th minute when Amoah played in Mensah who finished with a well-placed shot into the bottom left corner. Amoah almost extended Brent’s lead within seconds, bursting through on goal.
Brent scored their 3rd goal in the 58th minute breaking quickly from a Haringey corner and Mensah scored his second goal of the game finishing brilliantly after Amoah’s superb pass.
Three minutes later Amoah deservedly got his name on the scoresheet with an exquisite lob from fully 20 yards out before Haringey pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute. Bernard made it 5-2 on 69 minutes with a spectacular shot after waltzing past 3 Haringey defenders and hitting the ball onto the roof of the net.
Mensah was the provider for Amoah who scored Brent’s 6th goal on 73 minutes before Mensah provided another assist for D’Souza to score his second goal of the game to make the final score 7-2.
Alexandra Park Youth East 0-4 Brent SFA
Capital Girls' League Division One, 17th December 2016
Brent’s Under-13 Girls finished 2016 with a superb display away to Alexandra Park. Although Brent dominated proceedings from the off, creating chance after chance, there was initially no goal to show for their efforts. Maya Pires in Brent's midfield was controlling proceedings, setting up attack after attack and always intercepting any potential threat to Brent's defence.
At the other end, Alexandra Park’s keeper was in great form but there was nothing she could do when Tyanna Tulloch intelligently read a back pass from the host's centre back and managed to expertly place the ball into the bottom corner just a minute before the half time whistle.
Brent's dominance continued after the break and just seven minutes into the half Tulloch grabbed her second of the game, confidently poking the ball into the net after a superb cross by Ciara O'Rourke. Just a minute later, Brent put the game to bed when Noelani Agyeman unleashed a thunderous shot from twenty-five yards that left the keeper with no chance as it hit the top corner of the net.
Brent continued to mesmerise their hosts with pass-and-move football but with the Alexandra Park keeper in their way only one more shot found the net. Seven minutes from time Tulloch skilfully turned past her defender and her powerful shot was parried by the keeper to O'Rourke who calmly volleyed home to make the final score 4-0.
Coaches Joe Khalfi and Ronan O'Rourke commented, "This was a fantastic performance to end the year with. All the squad’s hard work and commitment is starting to show in the match results and we can't wait for 2017!"
Player of the Match: Maya Pires
Team: Tyanna Tulloch, Jada Pollendine, Maya Pires, Jasmine Mainoo, Jessica Kwayie,Angel Acheampong, Millie Glover, Noelani Agyeman, Ciara O'Rourke.