News & Match Reports
The Brent Under-12 Girls’ played superbly in the Capital Girls League Futsal competition held last weekend at the iconic Olympic venue, the Copper Box Arena.
The team finished second in their group but were edged out by Watford Ladies in a tight game, enabling Watford to progress to the semi-final.
Drawn in the tournament’s ”group of death”, Brent started off impressively with a dominant 4-0 win over Limehouse, Tyanna Tulloch and Noelani Agyeman both grabbing a brace.
The next match was a much tighter affair against Enfield Town Ladies Youth. Brent defended impressively again with Chloe Angell, Jasmine Warrington and Jessica Kwayie giving nothing away. The only chance of the game fell to Agyeman but her low effort was well saved and the game ended 0-0.
St Joseph’s Youth ‘88, who are top of the League’s 7v7 Division 1, were Brent's next opponents. Tulloch scored a stunning goal, ghosting past the last defender before rifling home a low shot into the far corner. Jada Pollendine made it two by capping off a fine team move with a crisp first time curling shot. St Joseph’s got one back but Angell made two smart saves to help Brent see out a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
The final game saw Brent go down 2-0 to eventual tournament runners-up Watford taking the Hornets through to the semi-finals and edging Brent out of the medals..
Coaches Ronan O'Rourke and Joe Khalfi were very pleased with their team’s contribution to what was a very enjoyable occasion. O’ Rourke commented: "The way the girls competed you wouldn't have thought it was their first experience of futsal."
Squad: Jada Pollendine, Chloe Angell (Byron Court). Jasmine Warrington Mainoo (Claremont). Jessica Kwayie (St Gregory's). Tyanna Tulloch (St James). Noelani Agyeman (Our Lady of Lourdes).
Middlesex 3-1 Surrey
SEESFA London Cup, Group 1
Seven boys from Brent helped the Middlesex Schools’ FA U15 team blow the race for the semi-finals of the SEESFA London Cup wide open by winning 3-1 against previously unbeaten Surrey. Surrey would have clinched a place in the knockout phase of the competition with a win, but a stunning individual goal from Brent's Cai Burrows (pictured) helped the Seaxes to a vital win. Middlesex will secure top spot in their section and a home semi-final if they can win their final two matches, against Inner London and Sussex.
Surrey took the lead after 20 min1utes but Middlesex bounced back just before the break, with all-action striker Ali Alanezi threading the ball to Cai Burrows who produced a moment of magic skilfully dribbling past two defenders before coolly dinking the ball of the keeper. The first half ended with the scores level at 1-1.
Middlesex started the second half at a high tempo. Captain Jaevon Braithwaite begin to get control in midfield with Charlie Quinnell sending probing passes as he tried to release debutant striker James Bromley who was constantly testing the Surrey defence.
Middlesex were rewarded for their relentless effort when Harrow winger Toby Gould reacted quickly to a loose ball, pressurising the Surrey keeper into an error and then placing the ball into the net. 2-1. It was “game on” and Surrey fought hard to get the equaliser. Keeper Joe Ringer made a superb save from point blank range then tipped the a header bound for the corner over the bar. Surrey kept up the pressure but the defence of Gareth Balakomoso, David Oppong-Wiafe, Michael Adjei and Ruudy Kahunga stood firm.
Brent 1-0 Lewisham, 6th February 2016
On a gusty Saturday morning, Brent Under-11 Girls played their opening group game in the London League.
Both teams had played few matches this season and therefore went into the match unaware of what to expect from their opposition, which led to nervous start from both teams as neither side were able to keep possession of the ball for long periods of play.
However, the calmness of captain of Jada Pollendine and Angel Acheampong at the back for Brent ensured another debutant, Chloe Angel in goal, had very little to worry about. As the match progressed, Brent Girls started to dictate the play a lot more and showed signs of the form that helped them finish as joint-winners of the Surrey League at the end of 2015.
Midway through the first half, central midfielder Jennifer Grey threaded a great pass through both of the Lewisham defenders to striker Susan Uwaifo, who had her first time shot brilliantly saved by the Lewisham goalkeeper. From the resulting throw in, Noelani Agyeman threw the ball to the edge of the area, Susan Uwaifo excellently span around her marker and delicately lifted the ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper into the back of the net to make the score 1-0 to Brent. For the remainder of the half there was some excellent phases of play from both teams, but thanks to the tireless closing down and tackling from Nia and Angel especially, Chloe Angel was hardly tested as the first half ended 1-0 to Brent.
The second half was a much more open game making it exciting to watch but a nervous experience for the Brent coaches and supporters. Lewisham were determined to level the game but couldn’t seem to find a way past the lightning speed and precise tackling of Jada Pollendine and Angel Acheampong in the Brent defence. When Brent did have the ball, Noelani Agyeman, Edie Surman and Jennifer Grey especially, managed to keep possession well but just couldn’t manage to create a chance to kill the game. Going into the final five minutes, Chloe Angel didn’t show any first game nerves as she confidently caught and parried a couple of Lewisham’s best chances before with three minutes remaining, Brent gave away a penalty because of a handball. Luckily for Brent, the Lewisham striker blasted the ball over the bar and Brent were able to see out the rest of the match in complete control to make the final score 1-0 and crucially give Brent Girls an opening game win and clean sheet.
Coaches Joe Khalfi and Ronan were extremely proud of their girls and Joe Khalfi said, “To win 1-0 is perfect. We showed how brilliantly we can defend and also that we have enough quality to take the smallest opportunities to finish off teams with as much quality as Lewisham.”
Player of the match – Angel Acheampong
Team: Chloe Angel , Jada Pollendine (capt) (Byron Court), Angel Acheampong (Princess Frederica), Edie Surman (Maple Walk), Nia Brown (Sudbury) , Susan Uwaifo, Jennifer Grey, (St Robert Southwell) , Noelani Agyeman (Our Lady of Lourdes) , Maya Pires (Mount Stewart), Lauren Thompson.