Brent’s new Under-11B team took on Haringey on Saturday and, although they were ultimately beaten 4-3, the squad put in an excellent performance.
Brent battled back from 1-0 down to lead 3-1 at half time thanks to goals from Jack Egan (2) and Joel Otaraoh.
Brent played with a confidence that belied the fact that the team has been put together at short notice.
Brent conceded a minute after half time as the hosts sought a way back into the match. Haringey finally equalised in the 45th minutes and completed their comeback by scoring the winner with the last kick of the game.
Coach Joe Pascoe said: "The performance by the boys was fantastic . To concede in the last minute was hard as they deserved at least a draw. There were lots of positives today. I am really proud of them. They are improving with every game."
A superb passing display helped Brent Girls to an emphatic 7-1 victory over Regents Park in their first League match of the season.
Chloe O'Donoghue opened the scoring, collecting a pass from Giuseppina Carnevale before dribbling past a defender and rifling a fierce shot into the far corner of the net. Carnevale then got on the scoresheet, driving down the left before cutting in to fire the ball home. Good play from Tirion Lewis set up Carnevale to make it 3-0 wth a cross shot.
Regents Park fought back bravely but Brent’s defensive pairing of Keely Dibley-Dias and Sophie Kew stood up to the challenge well and when Regents Park did break through just before half time keeper Milly- May Blue made an excellent save, diving to turn the ball past the post.
After the break, Apolonia Margetson was introduced in midfield and was involved in the goal of the game, combining with Carnevale and Laiba Mir. Mir’s neat pass found O'Donoghue who smashed the ball past the keeper to make the score4-0.
Brent rang the changes, introducing some fresh legs. Elizabeth Ulusele in defense and Maya Rosenberg in midfield both came on and Rosenberg showed great technique when finishing a sweeping Brent move with a crisp first time shot into the net to make it five.
Simone Silva unleashed a snap shot which hit the bar before striker Scout Waddington capped a fine combative display with a well taken goal to make it 6-0. Regents Park then scored a consolation goal before Lewis completed the scoring, getting a well-deserved goal by reacting first in the box to fire home.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo observed "The girls passed the ball well and played some great football. They can take confidence from today as they showed that they can compete with anyone.”
Squad: Chloe O’Donoghue, Giuseppina Carnevale, Laiba Mir, Elizabeth Ulusele, Keely Dibley-Dias, Maya Rosenberg, Scout Waddington, Apolonia Margetson, Simone Silva, Sophie Kew, Tirion Lewis, Milly May Blue