News & Match Reports
The ever improving Brent U11 Girls produced a superb team performance to lift the inaugural Girls Brent Super Cup, winning the Final against Queens Park Sharks by 5-0.
The match was closer and more competitive that the scoreline suggests and featured a spirited performance from the Sharks.
A brilliant hat-trick from Brent captain Guissepina Carnevale set the game alight in the first half. Sharks then broke on the counter attack and a great strike was saved at point blank range by Brent’s Milly-May Blue in goal.
Brent rang the changes at half time and Tammy Nathanial and Brianna John-Etiko made an instant impact. Nathanial reacted quickest to a loose ball after a goal mouth scramble to make the score 4-0 and Brianna John-Etiko completed the scoring, driving in a thunderbolt after a powerful run from midfield.
Brent’s skipper Guissepina Carnavale received the award for the tournament’s golden boot and Keely Dibley-Dias was awarded player of the match for the Final, after an excellent all round performance.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo remarked: “This is a reward for all of the hard work the girls have put in not just today but throughout the whole season. The whole squad have contributed including players that weren’t here today. They are improving all the time. It is great to see and I am very proud of them”.
Brent squad: Guissepina Carnevale (capt) , Keely Dibley – Dias, Elizabeth Ulusele, Maya Rosenberg, Tammy Nathanial, Tirion Lewis, Brianna John- Etiko, Milly- May Blue, Simone Silva, Laibha Mir, Apollonia Margetson
Brent’s Under-12 squad reached the Final of the Boys’ Brent Super Cup. Elsewhere, Brent’s Under-11 Boys drew 1-1 away with a strong Hackney team and in a tremendous match the Under-15s were edged out by Chiltern & South Bucks, a late penalty contributing to a 1-0 defeat at Capital City.
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.