News & Match Reports
Brent SFA 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies Youth
Capital Girls' League Division One, 4th February 2017
Brent U13 Girls displayed amazing skill and determination to defeat a confident and strong Tottenham Hotspur side. The game was open from the start and had some early drama as Noelani Agyeman saw her one-on-one saved only for the rebound to be cleared by a Spurs' defender’s arm for a penalty. Brent missed the resulting spot-kick and had to rely on some heroic defending of their own by Jessica Kwayie and Jasmine Mainoo to stop Spurs scoring on the counter. Midway through the half, an accurate goal kick by Millie Glover found Agyeman on the half way line, who managed to dribble her way past four players before rifling home Brent's first goal to give her side the lead at half time.
The second half was a much more cagy affair. Both teams were keeping possession well but not quite able to find the right ball in the final third. With 10 minutes remaining, Tyanna Tulloch managed to spin round her defender and latch on to a through ball midway inside Spurs' half before taking a couple of extra touches and placing the ball in the bottom right corner for Brent's second goal. Tulloch's second and Brent's third came just minutes later as quick throw from Jada Pollendine on the left once again released Tulloch through on goal who confidently finished off her chance and the match.
Coaches Joe Khalfi and Ronan O'Rourke commented, "To out play and out run a team as talented as Tottenham shows just how hard our girls work every week and how far they have come in the two years we've all been together!"
Team: Tyanna Tulloch, Jada Pollendine, Maya Pires, Jasmine Mainoo, Jessica Kwayie, Angel Acheampong, Millie Glover, Noelani Agyeman, Ciara O'Rourke.
Brent 3-0 Croydon
Surrey Schools' FA, U11 Girls League, 3rd December 2016
Brent’s Under-11 girls’ team entertained Croydon in their fixture of this season’s Surrey Schools’ FA League. The girls had clinched the Championship by winning their previous fixture but were determined to end the competition in style, by finishing with a victory and a fifth consecutive clean sheet.
The battling spirit of Brent led to an early goal in the sixth minute when Shakira Kafero-Roberts shrugged off two defenders to finish calmly at the near post. Brent continued to dominate and were rewarded with a second goal as Shanai Alexander tapped in a loose ball after Croydon were unable to clear Sarah McDermott's corner.
The second half was a much closer contest. Croydon started to create more chances but were unable to trouble Brent's keeper, largely thanks to Caitlin Finnerty's masterful defending. With five minutes remaining, Nicole Njoku displayed the determination that has been key to Brent winning the league by closing down the Croydon winger as the ball bounced towards her, winning the ball and delivering an inch perfect cross for Kafero-Roberts to poke home her second and Brent's third goal of the game. The match finished 3-0 to Brent meaning they have won the league without losing a match. In addition, they did not concede a goal in any of their final five fixtures.
Coaches Joe Khalfi and Ronan O'Rourke commented, "As well as the goals, seeing the girls rush to close down a shot with twenty seconds left and 3-0 up when already champions, shows exactly why they deserved to win this league. We're so proud and can't wait for 2017!"
Player of the Match: Nicole Njoku
Brent: Lauren Thompson, Nicole Njoku, Nia Bowman, Sarah McDermott, Caitlin Finnerty, Katie Angell, Shakira Kafero-Roberts, Maya Pilkington, Donica Torraj, Shanai Alexander.
Brent 5-1 Croydon
London Schools' FA, U11 Girls League, 4th February 2017
Brent Under-11 Girls faced Croydon in the second match of their defence of the London League. Brent got off to the perfect start as Shakira Kafero-Roberts danced round three defenders and placed the ball into the bottom corner after just four minutes. Minutes later, Kafero-roberts doubled Brent’s lead with a looping header that left the Croydon keeper stranded.
After the break the match was a much tighter affair. Both teams were playing some excellent football but no one could find the net. With ten minutes remaining, the game suddenly sparked back into life after Croydon scored from an excellent in-swinging corner, setting up a tense final few minutes. However, Brent stepped up another gear and managed to score three goals in the final five minutes thanks to strikes from Nicole Njoku, debutant Isabella and Kafero-Roberts, who managed to seal her hat-trick.
Brent Coaches Joe Khalfi and Ronan O’Rourke commented, “It was great to see the girls play such effective and dominant football at this age. To not be affected by the goal they conceded, but actually use it as inspiration to kick on was unbelievable.”
Brent: Lauren Thompson, Nicole Njoku, Nia Bowman, Sarah McDermott, Caitlin Finnerty, Shakira Kafero-Roberts, Donica Torraj, Shanai Alexander, Isabella.