News & Match Reports
Former Tottenham Hotspur star Garth Crooks and Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright attended a special lunch to celebrate sport at Capital City Academy. The school, which is emerging as a major hub for football in Brent, hosting school games, Brent Schools' FA matches and even U15 girls England trials in recent years, invited Wright to give a talk. He shared challenges he had faced in his journey to the top, giving examples of how Arsène Wenger had helped but also remembering how the support of his teachers at school had made a positive impact on him.
He enthusiastically encouraged the students to work hard and use their time to reach their goals and not be put off by challenges that they may face and spoke about the need for self belief and to be yourself and true to your values. Crooks, who is also a governor at the school, chaired a Q&A with students and after this, Wright mingled with them answering more questions and taking photos. The school head teacher tweeted
Fantastic afternoon listening to Ian Wright inspiring our @Capital__City students. So humble and answered all their questions with depth and honesty. A lunch we will all remember - thank you! pic.twitter.com/pBTVfq9o5b— Marianne Jeanes (@MarianneJeanes) May 1, 2018
Brent Schools' FA Chair Chris Ampofo who was also a guest at the event commented: “It was a real honour to attend and hear Wrighty speak. The staff here do an amazing job and it was great to hear him pay tribute to teachers that had helped him.”
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.