News & Match Reports
Brent U15’s continued their campaign with a home fixture against Newham in the quarter- finals of the London Cup on Wednesday 13th May.
The game began with a Brent backline of Kai Watts (Goalkeeper), Calvin Osbourne, Jordon Green, Joseph Griffiths,Nico Pennant and Dylan Singh, who were being harrrased and harried by the Newham attack which pushed Brent back towards their own goal. This pressing game, allowed the midfield many opportunities to get on the ball and Newham were soon dictating play.
Brent's play was slow and Newham were taking full advantage of a below par performance, creating chance faster chance-however-Kai Watts,man of the match,made stunning save after stunning save,keeping out long shots,winning 3-4 one on ones,collected crosses and basically kept Brent in the game-without Watts, the a sore could have been 4-0 at half time but an heroic performance kept Brent in with a fighting chance.
Half time: 0-0
After a stern half time team talk, Brent showed character and started the second half with vigour and energy.
The holding two in midfield, of Dean Toddington and Michael Pandford were securing the ball with some combative play and the using the ball with intelligence, sliding in passes for Shaquille Ishmael, Nick Constantinou and Ashlee Hibbert to test the Newham backline.
However,Brent then let their tempo drop and Newham began to cause problems agaun with pace and power in behind, which was once again halted and controlled by Watts. Watts continued to dominated his area and dictated proceedings. More saves,more bravery and more heroics from Watts, meant with 10 minutes to go the score was still 0-0 and Brent still had a chance at reaching the semi final.
Ishmael,now playing up top had shown glimpses of skill throughout the game but had failed to create an opportunity for himself but then it happened.
A ball over the top put Ishmael through and with the Newham keeper rushing out to shut down the angle, Ishmael delicately lobbed the ball over his head to make in 1-0 to Brent and leave Newham deflated.
After all the pressure and missed opportunities from Newham,Brent had punished them and there was now only going to be one winner.
With Brent now in the ascendancy, Hibbert picked up the ball on the half way line,took the ball on the half turn and drove and the heart of be Newham defence. Twisting and turning he dribbled all the way to the box and with his right foot banged home the ball at the near post to secure the semi final place and a 2-0 victory.
Coach Kim stated after the game," Football is a cruel game at times as Newham definitly deseants to win the game but the team learnt a valuable lesson today- in that - even if you are nor playing at got best, if you can stay in gone game,stick together and show resilience then anything is possible in football."
Man of the Match, Kai Watts
Squad: Kai Watts ( Claremont High School), Calvin Osbourne ( Claremont High School ), Dylan Singh (Queens Park Community School), Joseph Griffiths (Queens Park Community School ), Nick Constantinou (Claremont) Dean Toddington ( Queens Park Community School ), Nico Pennant ( Claremont High School ) Henry Marku ( Preston Manot),Shaquille Ishmael ( Kingsbury High), Michael Panford ( Preston Manor High School ) , Ashlee Hibbert ( Kingsbury High School ),Jordon Green (JFS) Isacc D’Andria (Queens Park Community School
Brent Girls U11s 6-2 Barking and Dagenham
Saturday 18th April saw Brent Girls create history as they won their first ever match. Having been so unlucky in their first friendly against Barnet, this was the day that everything clicked.
However, it looked initially like it was going to be a really difficult day as Dagenham controlled the first 10 minutes. Had it not been for some excellent last ditch challenges from Emillie Driscoll-Mooney, Ciara O’Rourke and three incredible saves from Kiara Miller, Brent could easily have been behind. But Brent then started to get back into the game as Lauren Thompson was unlucky not to break the deadlock after a great throughball from Millie Glover. On 16 minutes, Brent Captain O’Rourke after making another great challenge on the edge of the area, ran the full length of the field, skipping past four challenges and squaring to an unmarked Susan Uwaifo. The birthday girl turned sharply and planted the ball into the left hand bottom corner of the net to give Brent the lead, 1-0 Brent. Dagenham equalised four minutes later as their striker raced on to a through ball and gave Miller no chance in the Brent goal. However, Brent had been on top since the first goal and this continued as Tyanna Tulloch on the right and Noelani Agyeman on the left tormented the opposition defence. It was no surprise when Brent went ahead again as Tulloch flew past her defender and delivered a perfect centre for Glover to score her first Brent goal. 2-1 Brent at halftime.
The first 15 minutes of the second half saw why these Brent Girls should not be underestimated this season by their more experienced counterparts. Jasmine Warrington Mainoo joined the outstanding Driscoll-Mooney in defence and suddenly their star forward was finding it impossible to get anywhere near the goal. With O’Rourke controlling the game from the middle, Jada Pollendine and Edie Surman were flying past their opposite numbers at will and Glover was desperate to add to her tally. On 28, Surman beat the defender again before squaring to an unmarked Glover. Her clever first touch saw her take it away from the defender before placing it coolly past the Dagenham goalkeeper. 3-1 and Dagenham were barely able to get the ball. The intensity continued as the bumper crowd of parents and Brent coaches raised the noise and the whole team was getting in on the action as the move of the match lead to Brent’s fourth goal on 32. Miller rolled the ball out to O’Rourke who played it right with her first touch. Warrington Mainoo controlled and played it down the line to Pollendine. She went past her marker on the halfway line before switching the ball to Surman on the left. Surman played a quick one-two with O’Rourke before smashing in from a tight angle. A great team goal that everyone on their feet applauding. Dagenham were now really on the back foot as Surman’s next run on 35 saw her cross to the back post where Glover was waiting to smash a stunning volley into the top corner from 10 yards out. Brent were running riot now and on 39 minutes, Pollendine got in on the action as she cut inside and curled a beautiful left-footed ball towards the back post. It was missed by everyone and nestled nicely into the corner. 6-1 Brent with just over ten minutes still to go. It was a hot day and with five of the girls having played a match for their other clubs earlier in the day, it was little wonder they eventually tired. Dagenham had a bit more of the ball and pulled back a consolation goal with four minutes to play.
Final score Brent 6-2 Dagenham and it was a day that will live long in the hearts and minds of all that were there.
Delighted Manager Minesh Randeria said afterwards about the 15 minute blitz that saw Brent score 4 times - “That was one of the best footballing performances I have seen – the intensity, the work-rate and the desire to get the ball back was incredible."
“It was our work off the ball in the second half that impressed me most – we worked so hard to get it back and then the quality once we had it back was outstanding.” Ronan O’Rourke - Brent Girls U11s Coach.
Squad: Kiara Miller, Emillie Driscoll-Mooney, Tyanna Tulloch, Ciara O’Rourke (St Joseph’s Wem), Jasmine Warrington Mainoo, Jada Pollendine (Byron Crt), Lauren Thompson (Malorees), Susan Uwaifo (St Robert Southwell), Noelani Agyeman (Our Lady of Lourdes), Millie Glover (Uxendon), Edie Surman (Maple Walk)
Brent U13 14-2 Harrow U13
Brent finished their league campaign winning all 8 of their Compton Cup league games with a 14-2 away win against Harrow. Dominic D’Souza scored 4 goals and Drilon Krasniqi bagged a hat-trick as Brent ran riot scoring 10 goals in a scintillating second half performance. D’Souza almost scored in the 5th minute when through on goal but shot wide before putting Brent 1-0 up on 10 minutes when he ran through on goal from a Krasniqi pass and scored with a low shot that went in off the post. On 12 minutes it was 2-0 after Ghellor Kweme won the ball on the left and passed to Krasniqi in the Harrow 6 yard box and he slotted home.
D’Souza, Kweme and Shammer Swaby all had efforts on the Harrow goal that went close before Krasniqi scored his second goal direct from a free kick from outside the Harrow penalty area. Swaby almost scored Brent’s 4th when shooting just wide after good work by Zac Cowen on 30 minutes before Cowen’s brilliant volley just cleared the Harrow bar. Kweme made it 4-0 just before half time when the ball was not cleared in the Harrow penalty area and he fired home.
Harrow started the second half brightly and forced an early corner before pulling a goal back with a shot from outside the penalty area. Brent responded and D’Souza scored his second goal on 43 minutes firing home after Swaby’s initial shot on goal was well saved by the Harrow goalkeeper and 2 minutes later D’Souza scored his hat-trick running through on goal from just inside the Harrow half from another Krasniqi pass and slotting the ball calmly home to make the score 6-1. Swaby made it 7-1 beating 2 defenders before finishing superbly before Ahmed Mahdi made it 8-1.
D’Souza scored his 4th goal when he redirected Krasniqi’s shot on goal for Brent’s ninth before Harrow scored their second goal. Krasniqi scored his hat-trick heading home from a D’Souza corner on 57 minutes before Ismail Mansour’s thunderbolt from just inside the Harrow penalty area made it 11-2. Mahdi made it 12 with perhaps the goal of the match lobbing the Harrow goalkeeper from just inside the Harrow half. Swaby scored his second after dribbling past 3 defenders before smashing the ball home and Cowen scored Brent’s final goal to make the final score 14-2.
Brent 3-1 Harrow
On Saturday 21st March, the Brent Under-11 squad produced a very determined performance to beat Harrow in the Middlesex Cup. The game showed the great depth and quality of the squad. Harrow had a the early possession without troubling Brent’s goalkeeper Joshua Aaron. Brent’s strategy was to counter-attack with pace and power with the focal point being Antonio Dennis. His first goal showed great composure. After outmuscling the Harrow defence and bursting clear Dennis calmly rounded the goalkeeper and tapped into the empty net. Brent were forced to make a substitution after Palanding Fatti twisted his ankle. This signalled a shuffle of personnel and positions. Rahman Yesufu, normally utilised as a striker came into defence and put in a Man of the match performance. His awareness and speed and tackling was a joy throughout the rest of the game.
The changes made Brent stronger if anything. Brent worked hard throughout the game and in the second half. Antonio Dennis, a thorn in the side of Harrow throughout the game added a further two goals to complete his hatrick. His third goal showed his great quality and balance, volleying in with his left foot from well outside the area. Harrow scored a consolation goal at the end but Brent remained focused and closed the game out calmly.
Overall, this was a thoroughly impressive display. Brent Coach George Lappas commented: “The work-rate, enthusiasm and determination from the whole squad today was outstanding. The adaptability and attitude of the players was excellent.”