News & Match Reports
Brent 5-4 Alexandra Park
Capital Girls' League, 17th February 2018
Brent’s Under-10 Girls’ tasted victory in the Capital Girls’ League for the first time, just edging out Alexandra Park in an all-action encounter. The borough girls started brightly with Molly O’Connor scoring a superb hat-trick within 10 minutes.
Alexandra Park then staged a comeback and despite excellent defending from Maia Fox and two good saves by Georgie Stone in goal, the first half ended 3-2.
The second half was an end-to-end contest. O’Connor extended Brent’s lead with a powerful drive to make the score 4-2 but Alexandra Park piled on the pressure and levelled the score at 4-4.
Kate Fox and Olivia MacArthur began to get the upper hand in midfield and with minutes left Kathleen Santos Ferreira lost her marker to smash the ball into the net to score the winner with the game ending 5-4.
After the match, Brent Coach Patricia Taylor said: “I want to congratulate both teams on a brilliant match played in a brilliant spirit. I’m very proud if the players. They worked very hard for each other out there today”.
Brent: Maia and Kate Fox, Molly O’Connor, Olivia MacArthur, Kathleen Santos Ferreira, Georgie Stone
Lewisham 5-2 Brent
London Girls' Inter-District League, 10th February 2018
In a classic ‘game of two halves’, the Brent Under-11 Girls’ squad showed great fighting spirit away to Lewisham.
Despite a superb display from Milly-May Blue in goal and good defending from Sophie Kew and captain Keely Dibley-Dias, Lewisham got the upper hand and went into half time with a 4-0 advantage. Brent regrouped and the second half was a completely different story.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo observed: “At half time we said ‘let’s see if we can win the second half’ and the players responded magnificently”. Brent scored their first goal in the London League thanks to a good team move. Blue rolled the ball to Maria Canevale who slipped the ball to Lizzy Ulusele; she found Matilda Easterby in midfield. A neat ball was pinged to Guissepina Carnevale on the left wing. Canevale turned her marker inside out before curling the ball into the top right corner of the net. The tide of the game had completely changed and Brent launched a series of attacks. First, striker Natalia Camara fired just wide. Then debutante Kathleen Santos Ferreira had a good effort saved. Brent forced 4 successive corners as they fought for the all-important next goal, then against the run of play Lewisham launched a counter and scored with a shot which gave the excellent Blue no chance in goal.
Falling 5-1 behind spurred Brent on even more and their dominance continued. Kew and Dibbley- Dias were so dominant in defence that Lewisham did not have another shot. The goal of the game came 10 minutes from time. Kew released Maria Caravale on the right. A quick switch found sister Guissepina who jinked inside her marker before unleashing a brilliant chip over the giant Lewisham keeper. The goal had even the Lewisham fans applauding, Brent continued to have the upper hand but time ran out and the match finished with the score unchanged.
Chris Ampofo said: “I am so proud of the girls. They really battled hard. They are improving with every game. The defending was excellent in the second half and the two goals were sensational.”
Brent: Guissepina and Maria Carnevale, Keely Dibley–Dias, (capt) Matilda Easterby, Sophie Kew, Natalia Camara, Elizabeth Ulusele, Kathleen Santos Ferreira, Milly-May Blue
The Brent Schools’ Football Association was deeply saddened by the passing of Cyrille Regis MBE, who grew up in Brent and represented the Association in his youth. Having moved from French Guiana to Stonebridge at the age of five, Cyrille attended the school now known as Newman Catholic College.
In addition to his talents on the football pitch, Cyrille showed promise as both a cricket and athlete. Upon leaving school, he qualified as an electrician and combined working in this trade with playing semi-professional football; first for Molesey, then for Hayes. It was from Hayes that Cyrille was transferred to West Bromwich Albion in May 1977, at the age of 19.
He scored twice on his debut for the Baggies, against Rotherham United in the League Cup, and was PFA Young Player of the Year in 1978. Alongside his Albion team mates, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, Cyrille did much to facilitate the acceptance of black players in professional football.
In a 2006 interview with the Coventry Telegraph, he recalled: “"Being a black player in the late-1970s and early-1980s, I had to put up with a lot of racism from opposition fans.
"There were many doubts about black players - that we were hot-weather players and that we didn't have enough courage, bottle or temperament for the game.
"But at the same time as I came into the sport, a lot of other players, like Justin Fashanu, Ricky Hill and Dave Bennett, were also helping to change people's perceptions.
"It was intimidating to run on the pitch and be faced with five or ten thousand people chanting racist abuse at you, or throwing bananas on to the pitch."
Cyrille successfully overcame the prejudice that was so prevalent in that era and became the third black player to win an England cap, representing his country a total of five times. He also won The FA Cup with Coventry City and also represented Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City in a professional career that lasted 19 years and saw him score 205 goals in 701 appearances.
Chris Ampofo, Chair of Brent Schools’ FA, commented: “We send our heartfelt condolences to Cyrille’s family and friends at this desperately sad time. Cyrille was a hero to me; as a young apprentice footballer I looked up to him, because he had shown me what was possible, partly because he had played football with my brother at the OK (Oxford & Kilburn) Club before turning professional. That underlined that hard work was what really counted.
“I had the pleasure of meeting Cyrille after his playing career ended and a friendlier and more genuine man you could not wish to meet. He was a pioneer and will be sadly missed.”