Brent’s U12 Boys started their season with a superb performance, drawing a six goal thriller with Camden & Islington.
Brent pressed from the kick off and were rewarded after 10 minutes when Albi Alexander (pictured) released fellow Queen’s Park Community School student Ayyuba Jambang who blasted the ball home.
Alexander played a part in Brent’s second goal, playing an audacious flick that released winger Kofi Appiah who fired a thunderbolt into the roof of the net from a tight angle, to put his team 2-0 ahead.
Camden fought back but dogged defending by Cedrac Kweme, Bradley Morrison, Rishan Herath and Rafi Amblin in midfield kept them at bay. After 25 minutes Brent goalkeeper Naythan Bryson made a superb reflex save to deny Camden. On the stroke of half-time, a Brent counter attack led to a great cross from Jhamar McDonald. The ball was met by Ayyuba but his powerful header was tipped over the bar with a great save.
After the break, Camden came out fighting and though Brent battled bravely Camden scored to make the score 2-1.
The pace of this action-packed game then went up a gear as Camden went for the equaliser and Brent countered. Albi Alexander caused the visitors all sorts of problems with his speed and trickery so it was well deserved when he scored with a smart snapshot reacting first to a rebound from a blistering shot by Jhamar McDonald to make the score 3-1 to Brent. Alexander then went on a mazy run jinking past two defenders into the box where he seemed to be hacked down but the referee waved play on.
McDonald then broke down the left wing and cut the ball back but Jambang’s shot was again brilliantly saved by the Camden keeper. By now, the game was an end-to-end contest and a well worked goal from Camden made the score 3-2 before the visitors stole a point in the last minute with a speculative long shot which gave the keeper no chance and the game ended 3-3.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo was upbeat after the game “The effort and team spirit the players showed was fantastic. This was their first game together and they did brilliantly. It was difficult facing the wind at the end and we will learn from that. The players work really hard in training and they were rewarded on the pitch today. They played some great football.”