News & Match Reports
Croydon 3-3 Brent (aet - Brent won 4-3 on penalties)
London Schools' FA Hawke Trophy, Semi-Final
Brent’s U16 Representative Team played an away game in the semi-final of the London Cup against Croydon on Saturday 23rd January 2016.
The game began with a Brent backline of Kai Watts (Goalkeeper), Calvin Osbourne, Henry Marku, Joseph Griffiths, and wing-backs Dylan Singh and Rory Carlson. This defensive unit was tested early in the game, as Brent were being harassed and harried by a strong Croydon attack. The frantic pace of the game allowed Croydon to gain possession of the ball and the home side were soon dictating play.
Brent's play improved as the half went on but Croydon were taking full advantage of the visitors’ sluggish start, creating problems for Brent team. However, Kai Watts made some stunning early saves to keep his team level. Eventually, Brent began to gain some control and the midfield of Karmani Thomas- Lyttle, Jordon Green (captain) and Dean Toddington were all using the ball well and starting to get Nick Constantinou and Shaquille Ishmael into the game.
The game ebbed and flowed from end-to-end and after a dubious offside decision saw an Ishmael goal chalked off, Croydon hit Brent on the counter-attack and took a 1-0 lead. The game continued in the same vein, with both teams competing and playing some good football on a very difficult surface.
Half Time: Croydon 1-0 Brent
Eight players from Brent played for the Middlesex Schools' FA's Under-15 team on Saturday 5th March as they drew 0-0 with Sussex. Sateesh Selvaradjou (pictured) was impressive in defence for the Seaxes, whose 0-0 draw at Capital City Academy means that they remain in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout phase of the South-East England Schools' FA competition.
Also representing their County were Wiktor Wachala (Ark Academy), Cai Burrows, Michael Adjei, (St Gregory's), Olumide Akinode, Kyle Mathews (Wembley High), Keiano Joseph, Jaevon Braithwaite (Claremont).
A full report from the match at Capital City Academy can be found on the Middlesex Schools' FA Website.
Brent's Under-13 Boys' side were also in action, travelling to Hillingdon in the Compton Cup, which is held by Brent. A close and exciting match was eventually won by Brent by two goals to one, with Brent's winner coming in the last minute.
The result means that Brent remain in contention for the championship, with next Saturday's match away to League leaders Barnet likely to be decisive.
South London 0-3 Brent
London Girls' League, Group One
Saturday 5th March 2016
Brent Under-11 Girls were hoping to extend their 100% record in Group One of the London Girls’ League when they played their penultimate group game against South London. The side travelled knowing that a victory would see them secure their place in the Super-Six stage of the competition, where they would take on the leading districts from Group Two.
Brent started the match brightly, despite the muddy conditions, with Noelani Agyeman seeing two early, powerful efforts going just wide of each post in the opening two minutes. In the tenth minute of the match, Agyeman skilfully got past two defenders and drove a low ball across the box that was controlled by Maya Pires who produced an exquisite chip over the on-rushing ‘keeper to give Brent a deserved lead. For the rest of the half Brent continued to pepper the South London goal with a number of shots, but they couldn’t find a way past an inspired South London goalkeeper who was determined to keep her team in the game.
The second half began very differently to the first, with South London dominating possession and creating panic for Brent with every attack. Thanks to solid defending from Angel Acheampong and Jennifer Grey, two agile saves from Chloe Angell and a fantastic last ditch tackle from Nia Bowman, Brent managed to see out the opening ten minutes of the second period without conceding and began to find their rhythm again.
In the final fifteen minutes, Agyeman moved into centre midfield and controlled the pace of the game. With seven minutes left, Agyeman intercepted a ball just in Brent’s own half, drove into the open space and released a thunderbolt of a strike mid-way in South London’s half that took a slight deflection off striker Susan Uwaifo, to make the score 2-0. Agyeman started Brent’s very next attack, winning the ball on the right, going past the defender and saw her powerful effort parried into the path of Pires who headed home for her second goal of the game and Brent’s third and final goal. The match finished 3-0 to Brent who have won all three of their group games and have qualified for the Super-Six with one group game still to play. Coaches Joe Khalfi and Ronan O’Rourke were delighted with their Brent’s hard fought victory and Khalfi added, ‘To get through the opening ten minutes of the second half without conceding was crucial. It was a fantastic team effort and a well-deserved win that the score line makes look a lot more comfortable than it was. Their ‘keeper was outstanding today but our girls managed to go up another gear when they needed to which was excellent.’
Player of the match: Noelani Agyeman. Joe Khalfi commented: “Noelani was magnificent today. She got an assist for every goal, covered every blade of grass with passion and could have got a couple of goals if not for the inspired South London goalkeeper.”
Team: Chloe Angell (Byron Court) Angel Acheampong (Princess Federica) Nia Bowman (Sudbury) Jennifer Grey, Susan Uwaifo (St Robert Southwell) Noelani Agyeman (Our Lady of Lourdes) Maya Pires (Mount Stewart) Lauren Thompson (Maloress).
Teams and players from Brent enjoyed a fantastic day on Saturday 27th February, with success at both District and County Level.
The borough’s Under-13 Boys’ team kept themselves in the running for the title in the Middlesex Schools’ FA’s Compton Cup competition with a 4-3 win over Camden & Islington. This match was significantly closer than the first meeting between the sides, with Brent needing a late winner to move to the top of the League table.
What is known that, if Brent can win their final two matches, they will win the Compton Cup, just as last season’s Under-13 side did. Both are away from home, with the decisive fixture at Barnet taking place on 12th March.
Also challenging for honours are the Under-11 Girls’, who were 4-2 winners over Sutton in Group 1 of the London Girls’ Inter-District League. Sutton had beaten Brent in one of their two scheduled meetings in the Surrey Inter-District Girls’ League – the other being awarded to Brent after Sutton had clinched the title – and were completing their fixtures in the group stage of the regional competition.
In an outstanding performance, the Brent Girls shocked their visitors, inflicting upon them their first defeat in the London League, which gives Brent a real opportunity to qualify for the knockout phase of the tournament.
Also in action were the Under-12 Girls’, who fought hard against Charlton Athletic White in the Capital Girls’ League but eventually suffered a 3-0 defeat. This squad are playing their first season in a 9v9 format, against well-established club sides, so have found the standard challenging but have never let their heads drop.
At County level, eight boys from Brent represented Middlesex Schools Under-15 in their 6-1 win away to Inner London. That emphatic victory means that if Middlesex beat Sussex on Saturday, they will win their group and secure a home semi-final tie. The full match report is on the MSFA Website.
Four Brent players were in the Middlesex Schools Under-16 squad which defeated Inner London 2-1 as part of the same set of fixtures. The full match report is on the MSFA Website.