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The new Brent Schools’ FA girls side continued their superb start to the season with a great display in a mini-tournament before London Bees took on Millwall Lionesses in The FA Women’s Super League at The Hive.
The squad has been brought together from the Wildcats sessions hosted by BSFA and supported by Grow the Game funding from the Football Foundation. The borough’s girls were unbeaten in all three games and thanks to superb defending from Keely Dibley-Dias and Matilda Easterby and a brilliant debut from keeper Milly-May Blue conceded only two goals.
The highlight of the tournament was a 2-1 win against a strong Ruislip Rangers side. Brent started brightly and kept Ruislip in their half for long periods. Then against the run of play Ruislip broke, forcing debutante goalkeeper Blue to make a stunning save from point-blank range. After that Ruislip’s opportunities were limited as Matilda Easterby and Keely Dibley- Dias impressed in defence.
Brent’s confidence grew and the team’s passing improved as the game went on. Playing from the back, Dibley-Dias released captain Guissepina Carnavale down the left and after a neat interchange of passes with Sophie Kew and her sister Maria, Carnavale rifled an unstoppable thunderbolt of a shot into the roof of the net. Having taken the lead, Brent dominated as the Carnevale sisters caused Ruislip all sorts of problems. Brent brought on Maya Rosenberg, Maud Ampofo and Esther Huber and the trio made an instant impact, playing a part in releasing Guissepina Canavale into the box to smash a low drive past the keeper to make it 2-0 at the break. Ruislip came out strongly in the second half but with Dibley-Dias and Easterby defending superbly their opportunities were limited. With five minutes remaining, Ruislip counter-attacked and finished a good passing move with a good strike giving Blue no chance. Brent had to dig deep for the remainder of the game as Ruislip piled on the pressure, but solid defending kept Rangers out and secured a deserved win.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo commented “I’d like to congratulate both teams for playing a great game with a great spirit. The Brent girls are improving with every game. Their hard work is paying off”.
Squad: Esther Huber, Guissepina and Maria Carnevale, Keely Dibley-Dias, Matilda Easterby, Maud Ampofo, Maya Rosenberg, Milly-May Blue, Sophie Kew
A new Brent Schools' FA girls team made an encouraging start to the season in two matches held at The Hive before London Bees played Tottenham Hotspur Ladies in The FA Women's Super League.
The team has developed from the Wildcats coaching sessions hosted by BSFA in conjunction with The FA and beem supported by the Football Foundation's Grow the Game fund. These initiatives are linked to The FA's efforts increase girls participation in football.
Playing their first ever match, Brent started strongly but went in three behind at the interval against a strong Watford team. They rallied at half time and the second half was a different story. Having adjusted to the pace of the game, Brent outplayed Watford and scored the only goal of the half a superb strike by Giuseppina Carnevale.
Boosted by this, Brent came out full of confidence for the second game. Matilda Easterby and Elizabeth Ulusele defended well, limiting Watford's attacks and when called upon goalkeeper Maddie Muir made two superb saves. In attack, Carnevale was a constant threat to Watford, particularly when dribbling from midfield. It was her run that led to the breakthrough when she combined with Eabha Kennedy to release Molly O‘Connor to score with a thunderbolt shot just before half time.
After the restart, Maud Ampofo was brought on to shore up the defense and it was all Brent as they pressed for the all important second goal. Watford fought back bravely, forcing Maddie Muir to save from point-blank range before at the other end Carnavale went on another jinking run, forcing a fine save from the Watford 'keeper. Watford counter-attacked and with the last kick of the game a good strike gave Muir no chance and levelled the score at 1-1.
Coach Olivia Pascoe observed: “The girls showed fantastic battling spirit. They really worked as a team. I am very proud of them.”
London Bees staff co-ordinating the event congratulated the new team on a superb debut, citing Guiseppina Carnevale as one of the outstanding players on display.
Squad: Alina Shafi, Eabha Kennedy, Giuseppina Carnevale, Elizabeth Ulusele, Maddie Muir, Matilda Easterby, Maud Ampofo., Molly O’Connor
Brent 5-1 Camden & Islington
Middlesex Schools' FA Bower Cup, 7th October 2017
Brent's Under-14 squad continued the new season with a home fixture against Camden & Islington District, keen to put last week's away defeat to Barnet behind them.
The game with high intensity and a high tempo from both teams. This made the first ten minutes of the game a little scrappy but highly competitive.
Brent were resilient and after this frenetic period, began to control possession and take the game to Camden. The defensive unit of James Wall (Captain), Romario Rowe, Aaron Williams and Jamie Alcantata-Sacopon looked solid and were showing great composure on the ball, passing out from the back when possible and winning any balls that came into Brent's defensive third with well timed challenges and strong defensive headers. This allowed the midfield of Joel Desmond, Malikai Ekpenyong, Mamadou Diallo, Marc Valderrama and Richardo Rus to dominate their opponents. They were resolute and relishing the battle, showing fantastic desire to win first and second balls. Desmond, Ekpenyong and Diallo made some great early tackles and interceptions to set the tone and all of the midfield five showed some classy touches to create space and set up attacks for lone striker, Jamian Russell.
The first goal came in the 16th minute after some great work down Brent's right hand side from Wall, Diallo and Russell and the first corner of the game was won. Diallo whipped in a dangerous delivery and Rowe rose above everyone to win a towering header and dispatch the ball to give Brent a deserved lead and make it 1-0.
Brent were now playing with confidence but still had to be wary of a Camden team that were still showing strength and ability when going forward. The couple of chances the visitors did create were swept up by goalkeeper Kyro Taylor, who showed calmness and assurance throughout.
The game continued in the same vein until the 33rd minute when Russell received the ball with his back to goal, resisted the defender's challenge and with a sharp turn got a powerful shot away, the Camden goalkeeper could only parry it into the path of first half substitute Tyrese Okello, who slotted the ball away with a calm finish to make to game 2-0.