News & Match Reports
Brent 4-2 Barnet
Middlesex Schools' Star Shield, 30th September 2017
Brent's Under-15 squad started the season strongly, defeating Barnet 4-2 in their first match in the Star Shield.
Brent started well, keeping possession and making Barnet chase the ball for most of the opening ten minutes.
The first goal for Brent came 15 minutes into the game. Pyerre (pictured) received the ball 40 yards from goal, drove past two midfielders before striking the ball from distance, into the top corner of the net, past the stranded goalkeeper.
Moments later Brent got their second as Tofan ran on to a back pass, rounding the Barnet keeper to score.
Brent continued to press their visitors, preventing Barnet from retaining possession. Their high tempo approach paid off when Brent midfielder Marhad won the ball in the middle, looked up, then lobbed the Barnet keeper from outside the penalty area.
Seconds before half-time, it was Sam's turn to add to Brent's lead as he passed the ball into the back of the net to put his team 4-0 ahead.
The second half saw Brent concede two goals as they took their foot off the gas. However, despite that, manager Dean Sylvester was happy with the team's performance. He commented "they moved the ball well and worked for each other. I believe the boys will have a successful season as long as they continue to play as a team."
Squad: Coren, Simon, Ricardo, Ibrahim, Pyerre, Bruno, Marhad, Kieron, Dylan, Tofan, Sam, Amaan, Lorcan, Cadell. The team attend Queens Park,Wembley High, Ark Academy, Capital City and Crest Academy.
Barnet 5-1 Brent
Middlesex Schools' FA Bower Cup, 30th September 2017
Having won the Middlesex inter-district league ut Under-13 last season, Brent's Under-14 squad were excited about their first game of the season away to Barnet, who had finished as runners-up.
The game began with both teams working hard to get a grip on the game and the frenetic pace made it difficult for Brent to maintain possession. After 10 minutes of the first half Barnet scored after Brent goalkeeper Aaron did terrifically well to block a shot, only for the rebound to fall perfectly for the Barnet striker, who the slotted it home with a calm and collected finish.
Brent reacted brilliantly and were on top for the rest of the half, with Tyrese and Jamie having chances saved or cleared. However, the team could not find a goal meaning that at half time the game remained 1-0 to Barnet.
The second half in a similar vein to the first with Barnet securing possession and after a few minutes of the second half, a long ball over the top allowed Barnet to score their second goal and double their lead.
Brent showed passion and desire as they battled to get back into the game. However, Barnet were clinical and every chance they created ended in a goal. With about 10 minutes to go the game was 5-0 to Barnet and over as a contest.
However, Brent continued to work hard and thanks to great work from Jeremy down the left hand side, Brent were rewarded for the persistence, TJ slotting the ball home with a tidy finish to ensure Brent ended the scoring.
Coach Kim James said, " The result was not a total reflection of the game but Barnet were deserved winners. As a team we did not create enough chances and some individual errors cost us three goals today. The staff and the team understand where we have gone wrong and as a collective we will work hard to ensure we bounce back and show why we were champions last year."
Squad:Josh (Captain), Aaron, Isaac, Malikai, TJ, James, Jaime, Joel , Mamadou , Richardo, Jeremy , Tyrese , Jamian , Aidan, Sean, Omar
Schools: Wembley High School Technology College, Kingsbury High, Queens Park Community School, Saint Gregory's High School, Michaela Community School, Ark Academy
Brent Schools' FA hosted their annual awards event at Capital City Academy on Friday.
The Association, which was founded in 1966, was joined by special guests Claire Clottey from the Young Brent Foundation and John McDermott from Watford FC Ladies academy.
Keith Gussy Young was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award for an incredible 37 years of volunteer coaching. He steps down this year. Other highlights included the victorious Brent U13 Representative Team who won the Middlesex Schools' FA Compton Cup and Brent Girls who have won eight trophies in two seasons.
Brent Schools' FA chair Chris Ampofo commented “It is important to recognise the players achievements. Brent is full of talented young people. We need more coaches, especially women to support the girls teams as girls football is booming. If the Lionesses do well at the Euros the girls game will continue to grow even faster.
"Experience is important but the main thing we look for is enthusiasm and commitment. We can give volunteers some technical and financial support to help aspiring coaches get coaching qualifications."