News & Match Reports
Brent’s U11 Girls played three short matches against Ruislip Rangers at Capital City Academy, putting in good performances in all three games.
The day’s football was played in blistering hot conditions but was a great advert for the girls’ game. Brent Girls won the final game 1-0 to cap an exciting afternoon of action.
Tirian Lewis impressed up front for Brent as did Tammy Nathanial who started in goal. Rangers were a constant threat on the break but the Brent defensive partnership of Keely Dibley-Dias and Elizabeth Ulusele were outstanding in keeping them at bay. Brent scored the winner with a super team goal. Dibley-Dias broke from defense and released Maya Rosenberg, whose neat pass released captain Guissepina Canevale on the left wing. Carnavale dribbled passed two defenders before launching an unstoppable drive into the top corner.
After that Rangers continued to press and only a superb double save from Rosenberg prevented the equalizer and enabled Brent to clinch to a well-deserved win having been edged out 1-0 and 2-0 in the two preceding matches, which were both close fixtures.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo commented afterwards: “What a game! The players worked really hard and played some good stuff against a really good Ruislip team. They are improving all the time. I’d like to thank Ruislip Rangers as the games were played in a great spirit. I’d also like to congratulate young referee Jaevon Braithwaite who handled the games brilliantly”.
Brent: Guissepina Carnevale (capt) , Keely Dibley – Dias, Elizabeth Ulusele, Eabha Kennedy, Maya Rosenberg, Tammy Nathanial, Tirian Lewis.
Princess Frederica 0-0 Byron Court
Princess Frederica won 2-0 on penalties
Brent Cup Quarter-Final
Princess Frederica School's girls team booked their place in the Brent Cup semi-final in dramatic style, overcoming a strong Byron Court team in a tense penalty shoot-out.
Freds dominated the first half pinning Byron in their own half for long periods but could not find the net. The second half was more even as both sides battled hard to get the upper hand and the all important first goal. Although both teams came close, neither could break the deadlock and the match finished 0-0.
This took the tie to penalties. Freds went first and the shot was well saved by the Byron keeper. Byron’s first penalty went wide. Next up, Matilda Easterby placed a shot into the bottom corner. Byron’s next penalty was well hit but Maddie Muir dived down to her left and made a superb save. Now Freds had a chance to win the tie. Up stepped Amber Smith to launch an unstoppable thunderbolt into the roof of the net to clinch the win and put Freds into the semi-final for the first time in many years.
Princess Frederica now face Sinai in the semi final with the other semi-final being between St Southwell and Malories.
Brent 2-3 Croydon
London Girls' Inter-District League, 10th March 2018
Brent’s Under-11 girls’ team produced their best performance of the season when staging a dramatic fight back against top-of-the-table Croydon.
Brent got into the game from the kick-off. Apollonia Margetson gained possession in midfield and passed to skipper Guissepina Carnevale who dribbled past two defenders and hit a fierce shot which was well saved.
Croydon then went on the attack and the solid Brent defense of Sophie Kew and Keely Dibley–Dias combined well to break up several attacks. Keeper Milly-May Blue made a superb reflex save but Croydon took the lead, nudging the ball home in the goalmouth scramble that followed. The big and powerful Croydon team started to get the upper hand and extended their lead after 20 minutes with a well worked goal, giving ‘keeper Blue no chance.
Brent brought on Maya Rosenberg and she made an instant impact, tenaciously tackling and winning the ball from a much bigger opponent in midfield and releasing Carnevale whose perfect pass found Scout Waddington who smashed the ball into the top right hand corner to make it 2-1 on the stroke of half time.
Buoyed by the goal, Brent started the second half strongly and having scored Waddington turned provider when straight from the kick off she won the ball, drove forward and laid the ball to Laibha Mir whose long range shot sailed into the roof of the net. That made it 2-2 and very much ‘game on’.
Croydon had only conceded one goal all season prior to this match and were visibly rattled by the relentless pressing and tackling of Brent. It was end to end stuff as both teams fought for the winner and with a few minutes remaining Croydon found the net after a melee in the box. 3-2. Brent continued to fight, pushing the unbeaten Croydon all the way to the final whistle but the match ended 3-2. It was a superb and spirited performance from the Brent team. Coach Chris Ampofo: “The team are improving individually and as a team in every game. They were absolutely immense today. They can take confidence from today as they showed they can compete against anyone”.
Brent: Guissepina Carnevale (capt), Keely Dibley – Dias, Sophie Kew, Apollonia Margetson, Maya Rosenberg, Maya Rosenberg, Laibha Mir, Tammy Nathanial, Simone Silva, Milly-May Blue.