News & Match Reports
Former Brent Schools' FA player Raheem Sterling is playing at the World Cup for England in Russia and the latest Brent player to turn professional hopes to one day win honours of his own. Elliot Bonds has just signed a professional contract with Dagenham & Redbridge which runs until 2020.
Elliot, whose family are originally from Kensal Rise, attended Oakington Manor School and like Raheem Sterling has represented Brent and Middlesex at various levels. While playing for Brent Schools' FA, he was scouted the highly respected former West Ham player Eamonn Dolan and played for Reading FC. Later, he signed as a scholar for the Daggers.
Bonds was outstanding in the Daggers academy's FA Youth Cup run last season. This led to him earning his debut in the first team against Torquay United and going on to make 5 first team appearances as one of the youngest ever players to represent the club.
A delighted Bonds said “To end the season playing in the first team for the last five games was a massive progression and I worked really hard for it. I am really looking forward to working with Peter Taylor.” Brent Schools' FA chair Chris Ampofo commented: "I am absolutely delighted for Elliott and his family. He is very dedicated and determined. He has all of the attributes to succeed and as long as he is given the right support and continues to learn and improve he could go on to have a great career. Playing for Brent can be a pathway for talented players from the borough to move to a higher level.”
Watch this space for trial dates to play for Brent next season.
Princess Frederica of Kensal Rise won the inaugural Brent Schools' FA Under-10 World Cup competition in dramatic style. Organised by Brent Schools' FA and Hendon coach Joe Pascoe, the tournament was partially funded by the English Schools' FA and staged on the eve of the World Cup at the home of Hendon FC, Silver Jubilee Park. There were 12 schools in attendance.
In the group stage, Freds drew 0-0 v Islamia then beat Elsworth 3-0 before edging past St Andrews & St Frances 1-0. Freds went on to the semi-final as group winners. This earned them a tie against Chalk Hill who they beat 3-0 to reach the final.
The final was an incredibly tight game against a strong Islamia team who they had drawn with previously. Freds took the lead with a spectacular long range free kick by player of the tournament Eabha Kennedy. Islamia showed great resilience and fought back to equalise with the last kick of the game.
Extra time was end to end stuff as both teams pressed for the winner and with seconds remaining it was Freds Molly O‘Connor who broke through to smash the ball into the net to clinch a dramatic win for her school.
Brent Schools' FA Chair Chris Ampofo congratulated all of the teams that had taken part: “This tournament has showed that girls football in Brent is going from strength to strength. We hope that some of the girls that took part today will play for Brent next season. It has been a brilliant day.” He also praised the teachers: "Special thanks to all of the teachers who brought their teams along. We are so fortunate to have so many excellent and committed teachers in Brent. Schools football and sport in schools is so important"
Princess Frederica squad: Eabha Kennedy, Georgie Stone, Molly O’Connor, Maud Ampofo, Lulu Monk, Holly Palmer, Kate & Maia Fox, Bella Nugent, Olivia MacArthur, Pele Kado Fakahau
Brent's Under-11 Girls put in another strong performance against Barking & Dagenham in a double-header played at Capital City.
Brent matched their visitors for long periods but were eventually broken down by the East Londoners,who were South East Counties finalists and included two Arsenal academy girls in their team. Brent eventually lost the matches 2-0 and 3-0.
That's not to say that the home side did not have their moments. Brent came close to scoring with a fierce shot from Tammy Nathaniel who impressed up front. Other highlights for Brent were Brianna John–Etiko who shone in midfield alongside Laibha Mir, while Keely Dibley- Dias put in another impressive performance at the back along with Sophie Kew.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo remained upbeat “The team worked their socks off and showed great spirit. They pushed Barking all the way and can be proud of their efforts”.
Brent squad: Guissepina Carnevale (capt), Keely Dibley–Dias, Elizabeth Ulusele, Tammy Nathanial, Brianna John-Etiko, Milly-May Blue, Simone Silva, Laibha Mir, Apollonia Margetson, Kathleen Santos Ferreira, Sophie Kew, Matilda Easterby.
The Brent Girls' U10 side next play in the Capital Girls League tournament at the home of tHe London Bees, The Hive, on FA Cup final day.