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Brent Schools’ FA’s girls teams took part in a tournament ahead of London Bees’ Continental Tyres Cup game at home to Watford, which the Bees won after a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
Brent were in a group with older teams and despite this put in strong performances against Watford and Boreham Wood with goals from Maria Carnavale and sister Guissepina. Esther Huber, Matilda Easterby and Scout Waddington played well in midfield, passing through the lines.
Brent saved the best to last with a victory over Goldbeaters to clinch third place. Maya Rosneberg opened the scoring, blasting the ball in off the far post to cap a good team goal. Sophie Kew started the move by bursting though midfield then passing to Apollonia Margetson who slipped the ball to Natalia Camara for the skilful Camara to jink past two defenders and set up Rosenberg to score.
Goldbeaters fought bravely to get an equaliser but with Shaina Swaby making an impressive debut alongside Keely Dibley-Dias in defense they were kept at bay. On the one occasion Goldbeaters did get a shot on goal Natalya Barat- Marie made a superb reflex save to maintain the lead and clinch the bronze medals.
The U10s also played well in their first outing of the season. Georgie Stone, Apollonia Margetson and Natalia Camara were all outstanding. The borough girls more than held their own in a group with Watford and Boreham Wood who were the eventual winners. Eabha Kennedy, who at age 8 is the youngest-ever player to represent Brent, showed great skill in midfield.
In recognition of their efforts the Brent girls squad were invited to meet the Bees players in the tunnel before the game and accompany them onto the pitch for the pre-match handshake and complete an unforgettable day for the young Brent players. Brent coach Chris Ampofo commented: “I am so proud of the girls. They showed great spirit and played some good football. It was lovely to see them on the pitch with the First Team girls. I’d like to say a big thank you to the London Bees for giving them that experience.”
Squad: Apollonia Margetson, Eabha Kennedy, Esther Huber, Georgie Stone, Guissepina and Maria Carnevale, Keely Dibley–Dias, Matilda Easterby, Maya Rosenberg, Natalya Barat- Marie, Shaina Swaby, Scout Waddington, Sophie Kew
Brent Schools' FA coach Joe Pascoe has been named as Volunteer of the Year at The Pride of Brent awards.
Joe was recognised for his outstanding contribution to football in Brent. Joe runs the Brent U11 team as well as the Middlesx Schools' FA Under-16 Representative team and coaches with Hendon Youth FC. If that wasn’t enough he runs after school activity at St Robert Southwell School. Joe has been a champion of girls football. He led the FA-backed Wildcats football centre on behalf of Brent Schools' FA and is bringing along the next generation of coaches, mentoring his daughter Olivia Pascoe who also supports the girls football teams.
Joe is an FA Level 2 coach who plans to take his UEFA B licence next year. He played under Martin O’Neil for Wycombe Wanderers, has championed football in the borough for over 10 years and was also nominated for Coach of the Year last season in the Middlesex FA's section of The FA Community Awards. Joe Pascoe commented that: “It is an honour to be recognised by Brent. I have really accepted the award on behalf of all of the other people who give their time to provide opportunities for young people in the borough.”
Portsmouth 1-5 Brent
PlayStation ESFA Inter-Association Trophy, 18th November 2017
Brent moved into the last 32 of the National Cup with a fine win away to Portsmouth. The hosts reacted well to a delayed kick-off and initially had Brent pinned back, although Dionte Williams shot wide for the visitors.
The game developed into an end-to-end contest, with both teams creating a number of chances before Brent went desperately close in the fifteenth minute. Jhamar McDonald intercepted the ball on the left flank, surged past Portsmouth defenders and deliverd an inviting cross, which Brandon Njoku was unable to reach. Moments later, a goalline clearance by Bradley Morrison prevented Portsmouth taking the lead.
Instead, it was Brent who made the breakthrough. Theo Alexandrou dispossed a Portsmouth player and unleashed a stunning shot which was parried by Portsmouth goalkeeper Oliver Smith. Brandon Njoku was quick to pounce on the loose ball and tapped into the net.
Two minutes later, Theo Alexandrou picked up a loose ball and linked up well with Brandon Njoku, who used his pace to go past the Portsmouth defence and double Brent's lead.
Njoku continued to terrorise the Portsmouth defence with his blistering pace, helping to force a series of corners. Eventually, an Albi Alexander corner was picked up by Alexandrou. His shot was parried and Njoku was on hand to complete his hat-trick, making the score 3-0 to Brent on the stroke of half-time.
The second half saw Portsmouth rally and with the next goal likely to be cruicial, both teams created a number of chances. With less than 10 mins to go, Jhamar McDonald intercepted a loose ball, made a dazzling run and flicked a pass to Njoku, who beat a defender before laying the ball off to Dionte Smith whose left-footed shot made the score 4-0 to Brent.
From the kick off, Dionte Smith intercepted a Portsmouth pass, dribbled past his marker and laid the ball off to Brandon Njoku. Njoku sprinted down the right flank and made a brilliant pass to McDonald, who beat the Portsmouth defence and shot past Oliver Smith to make the score 5-0 to Brent. With less than two minutes remaining, Brent lost concentration allowing Portsmouth to intercept a loose pass, which was picked up by Holly Davis for Portsmouth, who shot past Brent 'keeper Nathan Bryson to make the final score 5-1. Brent now travel to Dulwich on 2 December to face South London for a place in the last 16.
Squad: Brandon Njoku, Josiah Thompson, Naythan Bryson, Theo Alexandrou, Dillon Williams, Stanley Willis, Tashaun Redhead, Albi Alexander, Dion Qamili, Dionte Smith, Rafi Amblin, Jhamar McDonald, Kai Speid, Morgan Gborie, Ahmed Al Abdul Rasoul, Bradley Morrison, Mel De Tour, Schadrac Kweme