News & Match Reports
Brent's Under-11 Boys took on Barking and Dagenham in the group stages of the Lester Finch Trophy. Brent started slowly but showed their cutting edge when a threaded through ball from the lively Jack was met by Troy who rounded the keeper and slotted home for 1-0.
Brent looked to press their advantage but were caught on the counter-attack by a slick Barking goal.
Brent showed their character by bouncing back and Conor Moore latched onto a clearance to strike fiercely into the top right hand corner which ensured Brent led 2-1 at half-time.
Brent stepped up their game in the second half and had several chances to extend their lead, with Troy, Kalungi and Fabian all going close. It was Troy who extended Brent’s lead when he chipped the keeper from 25 yards.
Barking remained dangerous and pulled one back as they responded quickest to a save from a powerful free kick. This inspired a late rally from the home side but Brent held firm to claim the points.
After the match, the coach observed: “This was a real team performance where the players played with confidence and at times swagger. It's a strong foundation to keep progressing on”.
Squad: Joe Barrett, Troy Kelly, Casper Lindner, Kalungi Lovell, Conor Moore, Armend Muslika, Tyreece Pollendine, Fabian Prela, Deon Selmani, Dhyan Sharma, Jack Somers, Bernardo Zanuncio and Zak Zebiri.
Brent Under-12 Girls' terrific run continued with an impressive performance against LSS FC at Regent's Park. Brent attacked straight from the kick off and were rewarded when Giuseppina Carnevale's fierce cross-shot hit the post and captain Scout Waddington shot on the turn to fire the rebound into the net.
Carnavale scored the second with a superb solo effort dribbling past two defenders before sending a thunderbolt into the top corner. Chloe O'Donoghue got in on the act to make it three, collecting a pass from Apolonia Margetson and dribbling into the box before blasting the ball past the keeper.
LSS rallied and showed courage but Sophie Kew and Keely Dibley-Dias worked tirelessly in defense to protect keeper Milly-May Blue. Waddington put the game beyond the home side, completing her hatrick with a crisp left foot shot after good work by Kathleen Santos Ferreira to make it 4-0.
Waddington volleyed her team 5-0 up from a corner. Then, a superb pass in midfield by Keely Dibley-Dias released O'Donoghue who outpaced her marker before slotting the ball home to put her team 6-0 ahead. Brent's next strike was the goal of the game. Raaya McIntosh passed to Elizabeth Ulusele who threaded the ball through to Tirion Lewis. Lewis cut in from the wing slipping the ball to Waddington to shoot past the keeper completing a great team goal. Waddington also scored the final goal, reacting quickest in a goal mouth scramble.
Brent coach Kjell Sung said after the match: "That was the best performance of the season. The team spirit is fantastic and some of the passing was excellent."
Brent: Scout Waddington (capt), Chloe O'Donoghue, Giuseppina Carnevale, Keely Dibley-Dias, Kathleen Santos Ferreira, Milly-May Blue, Raya McIntosh, Sophie Kew, Tirion Lewis, Apolonia Margetson, Elizabeth Ulusele.
Other Results 03/11/18
Brent Under-12 Boys put on their best performance of the season in a seven goal thriller away to Hillingdon but were edged out, going down 4-3.
Brent Under-14 Boys started well away to Hillingdon, showing improvement on previous performances. Brent also scored the goal of the game thanks to Dion's amazing thirty yard drive but were ultimately beaten 6-2.
Brent under 13's battled bravely but lost 9-4 at home to Hillingdon.
Brent travelled to East London and blasted their way into the second round of the London Cup with an emphatic 5-1 win over Newham.
Brent started slowly but battled hard in the face of early pressure from the home side. As Brent came into the game, Naeem danced in behind the defence before squaring for Troy to slot home with finesse. The visitors grew in confidence and it was soon 2-0 as Armend buried a fierce free kick in off the crossbar.
After the break, the momentum stayed with Brent and a cross from Dhyan was slammed home by a fierce left-footed shot from Fabian. Armend then smashed home a scorcher from 20 yards before Brent scored the goal of the game. A slick 8 pass move, which was started by a reverse pass from Bernardo, eventually fell to Naeem who volleyed his shot into the bottom left hand corner. Newham pulled back a consolation goal on the stroke of full time. Beaming Brent coach Paul Woodford called his team's showing “A performance full of grit, determination and great passing, which looked as good as the scoreline ”
Brent face a home tie against Chelmsford in the next round.
On Saturday 27th October, Brent Schools' FA's Under-11 squad took part in a tournament run by the Arsenal FC Academy at their state of the art training ground.
Brent started slowly with a 1-1 draw against Afewee Urban in which Kalungi scored for Brent. This was followed by a 0-0 draw with South London.
Brent then sprung into action when Kalungi’s swerving run led to the winner in a 1-0 victory over AFC Wembley before Le’Kai scored a brace against Global Football Academy in a 2-0 win.
Troy smashed in the equaliser and Fabian tapped in a last minute winner to give Brent a 2-1 against Wandsworth.
The strong finish to their fixtures meant Brent won their group and played Barnet in the final. Barnet were sharper in the final and eased home. However Brent impressed as runners-up and Casper Lindner (pictured) won the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award to crown a fine day.
Brent coach Paul Woodford observed: “The boys showed great resilience and progressed throughout the tournament”.
Team: Joe Barrett, Le’Kai Chevannes, Naeem Giscombe, Troy Kelly, Casper Lindner (gk), Kalungi Lovell, Armend Muslika, Tyreece Pollendine (gk), Fabian Prela, Dhyan Sharma, Bernardo Zanuncio and Zak Zebiri.