In a development match, Brent’s U11 girls played a very strong AFC Wembley U9 boys on Saturday.
There were three periods of 20 minutes and a penalty shoot-out at the end, although the boys scored a goal in the second period and a second goal in the third period.
Coach Patricia Taylor observed: “The girls played very well. The match was played in a great atmosphere with both sets of parents enjoying themselves. I was very pleased with the way the girls played; they put in a great performance”.
Brent U12 Boys 0-0 Basildon U12
after extra time; Basildon won 5-3 on penalties
During the first half of this London Cup tie, both teams cancelled out each other. There were not many chances and the game developed into something of a midfield battle.
In the second half, the game opened up although both goalkeepers were in good form and the respective defences were resolute.
Extra time continued in a similar vein and the tie went to penalties. Basildon were flawless from the spot, which took them into the next round.
Coach Michel Farrell said: “The boys did really well and worked extremely hard. It would be hard to pick a man of the match as all the boys battled hard and did extremely well.”
In a game played in cold and very windy conditions it was always going to be difficult for the teams to play quality football.
However, a strong Brent line up took an early lead through a counter attack with Talllulah Swaby gathering the ball in defence, feeding it through to Eabha Kennedy in midfield who exchanged a one-two with Willow Stone before firing past the goalkeeper.
Kennedy completed her first half hat-trick with assists from Stone and Ana Chemale to make it 3-0 without reply before AC Finchley employed some clever play to split the Brent defence to pull a goal back.
Kennedy was not finished though and scored a further two goals, one of which was a superb solo effort before half time to have Brent leading 5-1 at the break.
AC Finchley regrouped after half time and scored two quick goals without reply to reduce the deficit and began to pile pressure on the Brent defence. Only good handling by Hannah Derks in goal managed to keep Brent ahead.
However, a Brent corner and an unfortunate fumble by the Finchley ‘keeper after pressure from Brent’s Suki Bell led to an own goal and put Brent 6-3 up.
Finchley quickly came back to score another after a Brent defensive mix up, however Kennedy sealed the game with her sixth and the final goal of the game to give Brent an impressive 7-4 victory.