News & Match Reports
Brent's U12 Boys squad knocked Camden Elite out of the Regents Park Youth League Cup, winning on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Brent started the game very well, scoring a goal inside the first minute. Danny Gobishavi hit a strong finish into the bottom left corner from the left side of the box. The lead lasted just two minutes, Camden Elite equalising almost immediately.
The frenetic opening to the match saw Brent regain the lead, Darwaish Alamyar scoring in the 10th minute with a composed finish inside the box.
The first of three penalties in the game was awarded to Camden, which they converted in the 25th minute.
Brent soon replied 3 minutes later with a penalty of their own, which was scored by Nate Smith.
Camden equalised again just 5 minutes into the second half.
This would be the last goal of the game due to both good defunding from the Brent side and a couple of magnificent saves from their goalkeeper Thiago de Souza Filho, who ensured the tie went to penalties.
Camden started the penalty shoot-out and converted.
After a miss then a fine save from Thiago de Souza Filho for Camden’s fourth and fifth penalties respectively, James Scollan slotted home the winning penalty for Brent, to put them through by 4-3.
Brent and UCFB coach Chris Dutton: “I am very proud of the players. They showed real spirit, resilience and were rewarded with a great win."
Squad: Thiago de Souza Filho, Tyreece Pollendine, Joseph Barrett, Fabian Prela, Darwaish Alamyar, Deon Selmani, Adam Abdelaziz, Danny Gobishavi, Nate Smith, James Scollan
Brent's Under-11 Boys played at Capital City for the first time this season and put on a dazzling performance against Haringey secure the Batchelor Cup with four wins from four matches.
The final score of 13-0 was not flattering; Brent played really good football throughout and the visiting goalkeeper made some excellent saves during the match. Brent's goals were spread around the team. Cayden Lamothe scored four times and Armend Muslika hit a hat-trick to lead the charge. There were two goals each for Joel Otaruoh and Denis Torrac. Otto Arnold also found the net and Brent also benefited from an own goal.
Brent Coach Joe Pascoe observed that: "The most pleasing thing today was some of the goals we scored were really well worked and highlighted the players creativity".
Squad: Kieran Loftus, James Montgomery, Otto Arnold, Felipe Szczepanski, Ilias Khan, Armend Muslika, Regan Barry, Kaream Thomas, Cayden Lamothe, Casey Holian, Daniel Lascelles, Joel Otaruoh, Mason Rolph, Denis Torrac.
Brent's Under-10 Girls' superb season continued with another excellent performance, winning 7-0 at Regents Park against a determined Highgate Rangers team.
After early pressure, Eabha Kennedy scored a great solo goal after cutting in from the right and passing two defenders before cooly finishing past the keeper.
Before half time Sophie Owen added two more goals, both assisted by Nancy Wales.
Wales completed a fine first half adding to her two assists with two finely taken goals as well.
The first half ended with Brent 5-0 up.
After the break, Highgate were determined to get on the score sheet and had several chances but a combination of strong defending by Talllulah Swaby and Minnie Palmer with Hannah Derks in goal repelled their attacks.
The hard work of Owen up front paid off, the striker scoring a goal after bringing down a long ball from replacement keeper Carrie Rattigan, to secure her hat-trick. Wales finished off the scoring with another well taken goal to make her hat-trick and Brent comfortably closed out the game to win 7-0.
Brent's Under-13 Girls squad bounced back to winning ways with a superb team performance in a top of the table clash against Regents Park.
The early exchanges were even but Brent's passing game started to give them the edge. Laiba Mir found Keely Dibley-Dias whose quick pass released Giussepina Carnavale in midfield. Carnavale's inch-perfect cross was met by a far-post volley by Scout Waddington who found the net.
Maddie Muir then drove down the left wing and recycled the ball back to Sophie Kew who unleashed a thunderbolt into the top corner to put her side 2-0 up.
The third goal was a candidate for 'goal of the season'. The move was started by Brent goalkeeper Milly May Blue whose quick throw sent Dibley-Dias racing down the right where she passed to Chloe O'Donoghue on the right wing. O'Donoghue dribbled past her marker and fizzed the ball into the box where Waddington's volley hit the post and the quick-thinking Maya Rosenberg reacted first and slotted the ball into the net for a brilliant team goal.
Brent were now dominant and Lizzy Ulusele combined well with Apolonia Margetson; Margetson's shot was handled in the box leading to a penalty which Carnavale coolly placed into the corner to score Brent's fourth goal and cap an accomplished performance.
Brent coach Kjell Sung observed: "The girls showed great composure on the ball today against a good side. They are getting stronger with every game. This result sets us up nicely for the cup next week."
Brent squad: Sophie Kew, Chloe O'Donoghue, Maya Rosenberg, Laiba Mir (capt), Scout Waddington, Keely Dibley-Dias, Maddie Muir,Milly May Blue, Elizabeth Ulusele, Apolonia Margetson, Giuseppina Carnevale.
Brent next face Denham United Girls in the Second Round of the Capital Girls' Cup at Capital City Academy.