News & Match Reports
Haringey 2-5 Brent
Middlesex Schools' FA Bower Cup
Brent’s U14 team got back to winning ways on Saturday 2nd April with an impressive 5-2 victory away to Haringey.
Brent started strongly with Drilon Krasniqi and Felix Amoah both seeing their early attempts on the Haringey goal go wide. Brent did not have to wait too much longer to wait before opening the scoring in the 4th minute when Amoah found Dominic D’Souza on the left of the Haringey penalty area and he cut into the box before beating his man and crossing to the near post where Saul Mensah finished smartly.
Haringey saw an effort on the Brent goal clear the bar before Brent extended their lead in the 12th minute. Tommy Lahti’s superb pass from midfield found D’Souza who burst through on goal and finished emphatically from 25 yards out with a left foot screamer into the top right corner of the goal.
Brent continued to press forward and despite a succession of corners were unable to extend their lead further. Midway through the first half, Haringey almost scored and Brent were thankful to debutant goalkeeper Elvis Taylor who saved well before the ball was cleared off the goal-line for a Haringey corner. Haringey were now coming more into the game and they pulled a goal back in the 23rd minute with a shot from just outside the Brent penalty area into the bottom right hand corner.
Brent restored their two goal lead in the 29th minute when Krasniqi chased the ball down just outside the Haringey penalty area and hit an unstoppable shot with his left foot to make the score 3-1.
Haringey scored their second goal of the game from the penalty spot on 30 minutes just a minute later and then almost equalised 3 minutes before half time when Kahlil Francis was well positioned to clear a Haringey effort off the Brent goal-line.
Haringey started the second half strongly and Taylor in the Brent goal saved smartly with his legs before Brent scored their fourth in the 43rd minute. This time, Krasniqi’s through ball from midfield saw D’Souza run 20 yards towards the Haringey goal before scoring again with his left foot shooting low into the net from just outside the Haringey penalty area.
Taylor in the Brent goal was having a great game and he did well to tip a fine Haringey effort over the bar before Krasniqi was again the provider for Brent’s fifth goal in the 51st minute. Krasniqi put D’Souza through on goal with a defence-splitting pass and D’Souza completed his hat-trick by smashing the ball home.
Taylor once again did well, blocking a Haringey effort on goal with his legs to retain Brent’s three goal lead before Mensah was unfortunate not to score his second goal of the game when his effort was contentiously ruled out for off-side.
Brent 2-6 Hillingdon
Middlesex Schools' FA Bower Cup
A brave fightback was not enough for Brent's Under-14 squad, who eventually succumbed to a 6-2 defeat.
Brent were behind as early as the third minute when Hillingdon’s Luke Massingham headed home unchallenged in the Brent six-yard box from a free kick. Aamar Malik in the Brent goal made several fine saves but on 19 minutes Hillingdon increased their lead when Brent’s Priyesh Bava inadvertently headed an attempted clearance into his own goal from a throw in.
Brent rallied and in the 21st minute Ghellor Kweme was fouled in the penalty area and Dominic D’Souza scored from the spot. D’Souza almost equalised minutes later but saw his effort on goal well saved before Kahlil Francis scored direct from a 25-yard free kick that went in just under the Hillingdon crossbar two minutes before half time.
Brent started the second half strongly and were very unfortunate not to take the lead firstly when Felix Amoah’s ran down the right wing before cutting into the Hillingdon penalty area and seeing his shot palmed away before another Amoah effort was once again well saved. D’Souza also saw an effort just clear the Hillingdon bar.
Hillingdon took the lead once again from another header direct from a corner in the 49th minute. This time Brent were unable to rally and Hillingdon extended their lead in the 54th minute from the penalty spot for a push in the area and they scored their fifth when an effort on goal hit the post and was volleyed home. The visitors scored their sixth goal when a cross from the left across the Brent six-yard box was tapped home.
St Robert Southwell 3-0 Princess Frederica
BSFA Under-11 Girls' Cup Semi-Final
St Robert Southwell continued their impressive form with a 3-0 win over Princess Frederica in the Brent U11 Girls school semi-final at Capital City Academy.
St Rob's took the lead on 10 minutes with a nice finish from Susan Uwaifo. St Rob's had several opportunities to increase the scoreline but for some good saves from the Princess Frederica goalkeeper.
Half-Time: St Robert Southwell 1-0 Princess Frederica
The second half continued with St Rob's dominating the play and their second goal came with a smart move down the right with Caitlin passing to Susan who beat her defender and crossing for Sarah McDermott to make it 2-0. Princess Frederica battled bravely with Angel Acheampong putting in an outstanding performance, but they could not prevent St Rob's adding a third with 5 minutes remaining with Susan Uwaifo scoring her 21st goal in 5 games.
St Rob's coach Mr Pascoe commented: “I’m impressed with the girls’ hard work and effort. They are an attacking side and have not conceded a goal in 5 games which is excellent".
St Rob's march towards the Final where they will face Salusbury or Byron Court.
Brent 5-1 Barnet
Middlesex Schools' FA Watkin Cup
An outstanding team performance helped Brent Under-12 Boys to their first win of the season.
Brent started quickly and pressed Barnet all over the pitch. The effort was tireless and the pressure Brent put their opponents under allowed the team to win the ball in dangerous areas.
When Brent were asked questions by Barnet’s attacks, the back line were resolute and dominant. Agwu and Gibson in central defence are a real partnership in the making, winning everything in the air and tackling with enthusiasm and timing.
Brent went 1-0 ahead when Russell drove with the ball, shot at goal which was well saved before Wall followed up with a brave header to open the scoring.
Brent continued in the same vain and when the ball was played through by Bates, who dominated the midfield, Brent’s player of the match Jermaine Russell latched on to the pass and slotted the ball home with a cool finish to make the score 2-0.
Brent were relentless and the second half followed the same pattern as the first, even with changes made to the line-up.
Alexandrou was causing problems for the Barnet defence upfront and Miguel and Marshall were creating havoc on the wings. Rus was composed on the ball and linking well with Valderrama.