News & Match Reports
Brent 7-1 Hounslow
Middlesex Schools' FA Watkin Cup, 18th November 2017
Brent overcame the loss of their goalkeeper just an hour before kick-off to record a resounding victory over Hounslow.
Two outfield players took on goalkeeping duties, with Camron volunteering to take the gloves for the first half, while Che went between the sticks for the second period.
With such a disrupted build up, it was perhaps unsurprising that Hounslow took the lead in the early stages, taking advantage of some sloppy defending.
Brent rallied and eventually overpowered their visitors with Shyon leading the way and scoring a hat-trick.
Camron marked his return to outfield duties with a goal and Miguel and Clever also found the net.
This result means that Brent are very much in contention for honours, with the top four teams being separated by just three points.
Brent 2-0 Ealing
Middlesex Schools' FA Bachelor Cup, 18th November 2017
Brent's U11 team recorded their first win of the season with a good performance against a very gutsy and determined Ealing.
Both teams began the match on the front foot trying to score but good defending and fine saves by both goalkeepers kept the scoresheet blank during the first quarter of the game. Brent made the breakthrough after 18 minutes thanks to a nice finish by Kaden who was deputising as captain for the sick Karol.
Brent went for a second goal and really should have extended their lead. However, as long as the score remained 1-0 Ealing were very much still in the game. With 17 minutes to go Jahlani, who had been a thorn in the side of Ealing's defence, finally got the goal that his performance deserved.
Overall,it was a really good performance by Brent, particularly with three players making their debuts.
The new Brent Schools’ FA girls side continued their superb start to the season with a great display in a mini-tournament before London Bees took on Millwall Lionesses in The FA Women’s Super League at The Hive.
The squad has been brought together from the Wildcats sessions hosted by BSFA and supported by Grow the Game funding from the Football Foundation. The borough’s girls were unbeaten in all three games and thanks to superb defending from Keely Dibley-Dias and Matilda Easterby and a brilliant debut from keeper Milly-May Blue conceded only two goals.
The highlight of the tournament was a 2-1 win against a strong Ruislip Rangers side. Brent started brightly and kept Ruislip in their half for long periods. Then against the run of play Ruislip broke, forcing debutante goalkeeper Blue to make a stunning save from point-blank range. After that Ruislip’s opportunities were limited as Matilda Easterby and Keely Dibley- Dias impressed in defence.
Brent’s confidence grew and the team’s passing improved as the game went on. Playing from the back, Dibley-Dias released captain Guissepina Carnavale down the left and after a neat interchange of passes with Sophie Kew and her sister Maria, Carnavale rifled an unstoppable thunderbolt of a shot into the roof of the net. Having taken the lead, Brent dominated as the Carnevale sisters caused Ruislip all sorts of problems. Brent brought on Maya Rosenberg, Maud Ampofo and Esther Huber and the trio made an instant impact, playing a part in releasing Guissepina Canavale into the box to smash a low drive past the keeper to make it 2-0 at the break. Ruislip came out strongly in the second half but with Dibley-Dias and Easterby defending superbly their opportunities were limited. With five minutes remaining, Ruislip counter-attacked and finished a good passing move with a good strike giving Blue no chance. Brent had to dig deep for the remainder of the game as Ruislip piled on the pressure, but solid defending kept Rangers out and secured a deserved win.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo commented “I’d like to congratulate both teams for playing a great game with a great spirit. The Brent girls are improving with every game. Their hard work is paying off”.
Squad: Esther Huber, Guissepina and Maria Carnevale, Keely Dibley-Dias, Matilda Easterby, Maud Ampofo, Maya Rosenberg, Milly-May Blue, Sophie Kew