New Girls team make positive start

Brent Girls 08/10/17

A new Brent Schools' FA girls team made an encouraging start to the season in two matches held at The Hive before London  Bees played Tottenham Hotspur Ladies in The FA Women's Super League.

The team has developed from the Wildcats coaching sessions hosted by BSFA in conjunction with The FA and beem supported by the Football Foundation's Grow the Game fund. These initiatives are linked to The FA's efforts increase girls participation in football. 

Playing their first ever match, Brent started strongly but went in three behind at the interval against a strong Watford team. They rallied at half time and the second half was a different story.  Having adjusted to the pace of the game, Brent outplayed Watford and scored the only goal of the half a superb strike by Giuseppina Carnevale. 

Boosted by this, Brent came out full of confidence for the second game. Matilda Easterby and Elizabeth Ulusele defended well, limiting Watford's attacks and when called upon goalkeeper Maddie Muir made two superb saves. In attack, Carnevale was a constant threat to Watford, particularly when dribbling from midfield. It was her run that led to the breakthrough when she combined with Eabha Kennedy to release Molly O‘Connor to score with a thunderbolt shot just before half time. 

After the restart, Maud Ampofo was brought on to shore up the defense and it was all Brent as they pressed for the all important second goal. Watford fought back bravely, forcing Maddie Muir to save from point-blank range before at the other end Carnavale went on another jinking run, forcing a fine save from the Watford 'keeper. Watford counter-attacked and with the last kick of the game a good strike gave Muir no chance and levelled the score at 1-1.

Coach Olivia Pascoe observed: “The girls showed fantastic battling spirit. They really worked as a team. I am very proud of them.” 

London Bees staff co-ordinating the event congratulated the new team on a superb debut, citing Guiseppina Carnevale as one of the outstanding players on display.

Squad: Alina Shafi, Eabha Kennedy, Giuseppina Carnevale, Elizabeth Ulusele, Maddie Muir, Matilda Easterby, Maud Ampofo., Molly O’Connor

Under-14s bounce back in style

Brent 5-1 Camden & Islington

Middlesex Schools' FA Bower Cup, 7th October 2017

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Brent's Under-14 squad continued the new season with a home fixture against Camden & Islington District, keen to put last week's away defeat to Barnet behind them. 

The game with high intensity and a high tempo from both teams. This made the first ten minutes of the game a little scrappy but highly competitive. 

Brent were resilient and after this frenetic period, began to control possession and take the game to Camden. The defensive unit of James Wall (Captain), Romario Rowe, Aaron Williams and Jamie Alcantata-Sacopon looked solid and were showing great composure on the ball, passing out from the back when possible and winning any balls that came into Brent's defensive third with well timed challenges and strong defensive headers. This allowed the midfield of Joel Desmond, Malikai Ekpenyong, Mamadou Diallo, Marc Valderrama and Richardo Rus to dominate their opponents. They were resolute and relishing the battle, showing fantastic desire to win first and second balls. Desmond, Ekpenyong and Diallo made some great early tackles and interceptions to set the tone and all of the midfield five showed some classy touches to create space and set up attacks for lone striker, Jamian Russell.

The first goal came in the 16th minute after some great work down Brent's right hand side from Wall, Diallo and Russell and the first corner of the game was won. Diallo whipped in a dangerous delivery and Rowe rose above everyone to win a towering header and dispatch the ball to give Brent a deserved lead and make it 1-0. 

Brent were now playing with confidence but still had to be wary of a Camden team that were still showing strength and ability when going forward. The couple of chances the visitors did create were swept up by goalkeeper Kyro Taylor, who showed calmness and assurance throughout.

The game continued in the same vein until the 33rd minute when Russell received the ball with his back to goal, resisted the defender's challenge and with a sharp turn got a powerful shot away, the Camden goalkeeper could only parry it into the path of first half substitute Tyrese Okello, who slotted the ball away with a calm finish to make to game 2-0. 

Read more: Under-14s bounce back in style

Under-15s start season with a win

Brent 4-2 Barnet 

Middlesex Schools' Star Shield, 30th September 2017

Brent's Under-15 squad started the season strongly, defeating Barnet 4-2 in their first match in the Star Shield.

Brent started well, keeping possession and making Barnet chase the ball for most of the opening ten minutes.

PyrreClarkeCroppedThe first goal for Brent came 15 minutes into the game. Pyerre (pictured) received the ball 40 yards from goal, drove past two midfielders before striking the ball from distance, into the top corner of the net, past the stranded goalkeeper.

Moments later Brent got their second as Tofan ran on to a back pass, rounding the Barnet keeper to score.

Brent continued to press their visitors, preventing Barnet from retaining possession. Their high tempo approach paid off when Brent midfielder Marhad won the ball in the middle, looked up, then lobbed the Barnet keeper from outside the penalty area.

Seconds before half-time, it was Sam's turn to add to Brent's lead as he passed the ball into the back of the net to put his team 4-0 ahead.

The second half saw Brent concede two goals as they took their foot off the gas. However, despite that, manager Dean Sylvester was happy with the team's performance. He commented "they moved the ball well and worked for each other. I believe the boys will have a successful season as long as they continue to play as a team." 

Squad: Coren, Simon, Ricardo, Ibrahim, Pyerre, Bruno, Marhad, Kieron, Dylan,  Tofan, Sam, Amaan, Lorcan, Cadell. The team attend Queens Park,Wembley High, Ark Academy, Capital City and Crest Academy.  

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