News & Match Reports
Brent Under-12 Girls reached the final of the Camden & Regents Park League Cup in style with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Eagles United.
Giuseppina Carnavale opened the scoring with a spectacular long-range shot into the top corner. Skipper Milly May Blue started the move for Brent’s second goal, releasing Sophie Kew who passed to Apolonia Margetson. She found Scout Waddington who quickly switched the ball to Chloe O’Donoghue and her unselfish pass set up Carnavale to fire home her second of the game.
Kathleen Ferreira then dribbled past two defenders and passed to O 'Donoghue to score with a fierce cross-shot . Raaya McIntosh’s quick pass found Carnavale, who drove down the wing and cut the ball back for Keely Dibley Dias to score the fourth, darting into the box from midfield before coolly passing the ball past the keeper into the net.
Eagles then showed real spirit and broke away to score but any hint of a comeback was ended when Elizabeth Ulusele passed to Waddington who sprinted past her marker before scoring with a shot into the bottom corner giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Brent coach Kjell Sung commented: "That was one of our best displays of the season. I am delighted for the girls and we all look forward to the final."
Brent face Regents Park on 23 March at Regents Park after they edged out Queens Park Sharks, winning a tense penalty shoot-out 8-7 after drawing the game 1-1.
Squad: Giuseppina Carnavale, Sophie Kew, Chloe O’Donoghue , Keely Dibley-Dias, Raaya Mackintosh, Scout Waddington, Milly May Blue (capt), Elizabeth Ulusele, Apolonia Margetson, Kathleen Ferreira
Brent’s Under-9 Girls’ team won both matches in a three-team friendly fixture on Saturday.
The games saw the new team play AC Finchley Central and Barnet Nightingales. AC Finchley were the opponents for the first match and had previously beaten Brent 8-1 earlier in the season.
Brent started the game well, with Eabha Kennedy putting them 1-0 up after some great interchange play with Willow Stone. Against the run of play, Finchley equalised which seemed to motivate Brent further.
Resolute defending from Alba Summer , Tallulah Swaby and Hannah Derks meant that Finchley had no time on the ball allowing Willow, Eabha and Carrie Rattigan to all chip in and Brent 5-1 ahead. A late consolation for Finchley didn’t take the shine off the performance and Brent secured a deserved victory.
Barnet Nightingales proved to be tougher opponents in a physical game which saw Brent go a goal down following heavy pressure from Barnet. Goalkeeper Hannah Derks made sure the deficit stayed at 1-0 in the early exchanges.
With Willow Stone and Eabha Kennedy also dropping deep to support the defence, Brent regained control of the game and scored four unanswered goals of the highest quality exhibiting both individual flair from Kennedy as well as attractive passing football from Summer, Stone and Rattigan.
Brent coach Paul Summers said after the games: “this was a really impressive day out for Brent. Everyone in the team gave their all, which resulted in two deserved victories”.
Brent Under-11 Boys ‘B’ grabbed their first win of 2019 away to Woking. Battling difficult weather conditions with the bare 9 players didn’t prove a deterrent for a determined Brent team. Both teams had to deal with the howling wind and the game was played in a good spirit.
Brent scored after 18 minutes thanks to a strike from Captain Jack Gillmurray who has now scored 2 goals in two games. The second goal was scored by Daniel Lascelles whose first goal for Brent showed great skill and composure.
Coach Joe Pascoe said "I am very proud of the players. They really deserved a reward for their great attitude and hard work all season".
Elsewhere, Brent U11 A played well in a seven-goal thriller but went down 4-3 against Hillingdon in their final Alf Gant Cup fixture.
Brent started with great enthusiasm and scored an early goal through a long-range effort from Diontae Smith. Brent created a handful of chances in the first half, but failed to get the second goal. Albi Alexander was very lively, causing all sorts of problems for Hillingdon and linking up well with his teammates, especially with Khalid Jabir. Defensively the first half saw Brent win the ball in several good positions, however poor decision-making and poor finishing let Hillingdon of the hook. Hillingdon struggled to create any chances in the first half, but quickly could have done as Brent’s shape was at times of big concern. Several dangerous balls in the corridors were dealt with by the brave Ahmed Al Abdul Rasoul in goal, who operated well as a sweeper all game.
The second half started well as Brent got their second goal. Once again Brent wasted a couple of chances, but in the end Jabir slid the ball in as if his life depended on it.
After this followed a poor period from Brent as concentration levels dropped and Hillingdon scored twice to make it 2-2. The reaction to this was excellent. Rafi Amblin, who had a fantastic second half at right back, drove past their left-back and put in a great cross slotted home by a lovely finish from Smith. 4-2 came from another great strike from Khalid Jabir, who showed his passion to score goals all game.
The last two goals were scored by Muhammad Abuinsair . Both were good finishes and the chances appeared from an aggressive high-press from the Brent boys.
Encouraging and positive performance, but still very much to work on for the boys in blue and white stripes.
Coach Stig Nedrebo observed: “This match gave us a good reference on what needs to improve. A couple of individual players stood out and was the big differee. We were creative in the last third, however our defensive transitions and shape could have harmed us more than it did.”
Squad: Albi Alexander, Ahmed Hassan, Gezim Prebreza, Stefan Guluta, Dion Qamili, Seeyar Bahadurshah, Khalid Jabir, Rafi Amblin, Bradley Morrison, Ahmed Al Abdul Rasoul, Arash Sohrabi, Stanley Willis (Capt), Asher Samuels , Mel de Four, Diontae Smith.
Thumbnails of Stephen Toddington's photos of this match can be seen below. Simply click on any image to open a larger version: