County trial puts spotlight on young talent

Scouts from Premier League clubs from Arsenal and Chelsea were among those in attendance casting their eyes over local talent during the Middlesex Schools' FA Under-14 Representative Team trial, which was held in Brent at Capital City Academy. 

Interest in homegrown talent has increased following the emergence of Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy, whose successes have given a boost to district and county schools' football. Chair of Brent Schools' FA Chris Ampofo observed “Brent and Middlesex is full of talented footballers. The scouts who attended today all expressed their interest and support for schools' district and county representative football. The see the importance of schools football. It is great to have their support at what is a very exciting time for schools football”.

Photo (left to right): Patricia Taylor, Rod Findlay, Ben Roberts, Chris Ampofo, Kjell Sung, Angus Douglas

Following some superb performances, Arsenal have invited Brent Under-11 boys to play in the prestigious Dave Holden Cup at the Arsenal academy next Saturday.

U12 Girls pass tough test

Brent's U12 girls squad faced their toughest challenge of the season so far, taking on Pitshanger FC at Capital City Academy in a series of action-packed short games. The highlight was a 2-1 Brent victory in the third game but Brent had to show skill and determination to achieve this. 

The visitors, led by coach Shaun Channer, showed why they were previously unbeaten romping to a 3-0 victory in the first game. The second game was a tighter affair  with Brent threatening early on. Kathleen Santos Ferreira showed excellent skill, controlling the ball under pressure and passing to Chloe O'Donoghue to score a superb goal drawing Brent level but Pitshanger dug deep and clinched a 2- 1 victory.  

Things really turned around for Brent in the third game. They had come to terms with the movement and physicality of Pitshanger and started to pass the ball well. A great passing move was finished with a powerful drive by O'Donoghue into the top corner. Pitshanger broke and keeper Milly-May Blue made a superb save from point-blank range but relentless Pitshanger pressure paid off with a well-worked goal giving them the equaliser. Brent clinched the win with another excellent passing move. Keely Dibley-Dias' neat pass to Scout Waddington was switched to O'Donoghue on the right wing. O'Donoghue dribbled past her marker and combined with Briana John-Etiko who slipped the ball to Giuseppina Carnavale who scored with a powerful cross shot and the game finished 2-1 to Brent. 

The fourth game ended in a 0-0 stalemate but did illustrate how far Brent had progressed, matching a talented Pitshanger team in what was a superb advertisement of girls football in Middlesex. Brent coach Kjell Sung said: "Credit to both teams for great games played in a great spirit. It was fantastic to see Brent improve with every game. It was another super performance by the girls against an excellent Pitshanger team "

Brent: Chloe O'Donoghue, Giuseppina Carnevale, Keely Dibley-Dias, Maya Rosenberg, Scout Waddington, Brianna John-Etiko, Kathleen Santos Ferreira, Milly-May Blue, Raya McIntosh, Laiba Mir, Simone Silva, Tammy Nataniel, Eabha Kennedy, Sophie Kew (capt)

U11 boys in derby defeat

Harrow U11 4-3 Brent U11. 

Brent's Under-11 boys fell to a narrow defeat against their neighbours, Harrow.

On a pitch with limited space, Harrow adjusted to the conditions quickest playing the ball around sharply. However Brent held out until a rapid move gave Harrow the lead. Brent battled and a corner from Dhyan was smashed home at the far post by Le’Kai. On the stroke of half time Harrow scored from a corner to lead 2-1. 

Brent stepped their game up after half time and equalised when Fabian put Troy through to poke the ball past the 'keeper. Harrow again took the lead but Brent’s 'never say die' attitude was highlighted by another push forward when Naeem released Troy who smashed home his second from distance to make the score 3-3. Le’Kai then thought he had scored the winner but the ball was adjudged to have not crossed the line. In the final moments of the match, a rapid attack for Harrow finished the game at 4-3 near the death. 

Squad: Joe Barrett, Le’Kai Chevannes, Naeem Giscombe, Troy Kelly, Casper Lindner (gk), Armend Muslika, Tyreece Pollendine (gk), Fabian Prela, Dhyan Sharma, Jack Somers, Bernardo Zanuncio and Zak Zebiri.

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