News & Match Reports
Harrow U11 4-3 Brent U11.
Brent's Under-11 boys fell to a narrow defeat against their neighbours, Harrow.
On a pitch with limited space, Harrow adjusted to the conditions quickest playing the ball around sharply. However Brent held out until a rapid move gave Harrow the lead. Brent battled and a corner from Dhyan was smashed home at the far post by Le’Kai. On the stroke of half time Harrow scored from a corner to lead 2-1.
Brent stepped their game up after half time and equalised when Fabian put Troy through to poke the ball past the 'keeper. Harrow again took the lead but Brent’s 'never say die' attitude was highlighted by another push forward when Naeem released Troy who smashed home his second from distance to make the score 3-3. Le’Kai then thought he had scored the winner but the ball was adjudged to have not crossed the line. In the final moments of the match, a rapid attack for Harrow finished the game at 4-3 near the death.
Squad: Joe Barrett, Le’Kai Chevannes, Naeem Giscombe, Troy Kelly, Casper Lindner (gk), Armend Muslika, Tyreece Pollendine (gk), Fabian Prela, Dhyan Sharma, Jack Somers, Bernardo Zanuncio and Zak Zebiri.
Brent U11 Boys 4-3 Hounslow.
Brent picked up their first win of the Batchelor Cup campaign with a narrow victory over Hounslow.
Brent started the match at a frenetic pace and peppered the Hounslow goal before Naeem smashed home the opener. Hounslow equalised when a slick move down the left was centred and slotted home.
Brent thrust forward and regained the lead when a well-worked move found Troy who pounced to smash into the net and make the score 2-1. Hounslow showed resilience and equalised on the stroke of half time when a through ball was passed into the corner. Brent stepped up the pressure again and Kalungi finished off a well worked move, shooting into the bottom left-hand corner. Hounslow equalised when a slightly overhit back pass beat the surprised Brent keeper. However, with 5 minutes to go the pressure told as Troy poached a decisive goal for Brent to complete a hard worked 4-3 win against a competitive Hounslow side.
Brent: Joe Barrett, Le’Kai Chevannes, Naeem Giscombe, Troy Kelly, Kalungi Lovell, Conor Moore, Armend Muslika, Tyreece Pollendine (gk), Fabian Prela, Dhyan Sharma, Jack Somers, Bernardo Zanuncio and Zak Zebiri.
Regents Park 0-7 Brent U12 Girls
The Brent Under-12 girls team continued their great start to the season with an impressive passing performance against Regents Park. In a hotly contested game played in cold and rainy conditions at Regents Park, Brent showed real composure to out-pass their opponents in a game that was not as one sided as the 7-0 score line might suggest.
Leading goalscorer Scout Waddington opened the scoring with a fierce left footed shot into the bottom corner. Waddington then turned provider for the second, releasing Giusseppina Carnavale on the left. Carnevale crossed to the far post and Chloe O’Donoghue showed great technique, volleying the ball into the roof of the net. It was all Brent as Laiba Mir, Waddington and O’Donoghue combined; this time to release Apolonia Margetson who broke from midfield to calmly fire into the net to make it three. Quick passing from Carnavale on the wing inside to Margetson then found O’ Donogue who unselfishly released Waddington to blast home the fourth on the stroke of half time.
Brent rang the changes at half time switching Tirion Lewis to centre forward and playing Keely Dibley-Dias in goal. O’Donoghue started the half brightly with a superb shot that flew inches wide of the far post. Lewis then dribbled past her marker to score a well taken goal to make it 5-0. Regents Park then showed real spirit as they tried to make a comeback and broke on the counter attack, only to be foiled by a superb point-blank save by stand-in in keeper Keely Dibley-Dias. When Regents Park broke again, Brent’s Sophie Kew intercepted and her pass found Giuseppina Carnavale who scored with a superb long range strike. Kathleen Santos Ferreira was then brought on and the skilful striker made an instant impact, dribbling into box and in the goalmouth scramble that followed Maya Rosenberg completed the scoring with a snap shot. Brent dedicated the win to Raya McIntosh who had to withdraw from the squad after a nasty bang to the head. Coach Chris Ampofo commented “The team spirit in the group is brilliant. They all get on and work hard for each other. Raya would have enjoyed today. We all hope that she gets over this knock quickly and feels better soon”.
Brent: Chloe O'Donoghue, Giuseppina Carnevale (capt), Keely Dibley-Dias, Maya Rosenberg, Scout Waddington, Apolonia Margetson, Sophie Kew, Tirion Lewis, Laiba Mir, Kathleen Santos Ferreira.
Elsewhere, Brent's Albi Alexander scored the goal of the game with a thirty yard left footed drive that cannoned in off the bar but it wasn’t enough to stop the Under 14 squad going down 6-3 at home to Camden & Islington. Brent Under-13 boys fought bravely but were overrun by title holders Camden, eventually going down 8-2.
Brent U12 Girls 6-0 Queens Park Sharks
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A superb hat-trick from Scout Waddington propelled Brent to victory in a game that was much closer than the score line suggests. Waddington opened the scoring with a slick finish after 5 minutes. Then, neat interplay between Keely Dibley-Dias and Chloe O’ Donoghue released Maya Rosenberg and she made no mistake with a calm finish into the corner of the net.
Captain O’ Donoghue made it 3-0 just before half time, dribbling past two defenders before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner. At the break, Brent made changes introducing Kathleen Santos Ferreira in attack and Elizabeth Ulusele and Raya McIntosh in defence. The Sharks came out strongly and Brent keeper Milly- May Blue pulled off a reflex save to deny them. Buoyed by this, the Sharks had their best spell of the game passing well and forcing Brent back. Sophie Kew made a superb block and Raya McIntosh showed great composure when passing out from defence.
McIntosh started the move that put the game beyond the Sharks. She slipped the ball to Apollonia Margetson who threaded the ball to Tirion Lewis on the left. Lewis outpaced her marker, releasing O’ Donoghue to score her second of the game with a fierce shot from the edge of the box. Waddington then completed the scoring with a snap shot after a goal mouth scramble and then capped a good passing move racing into the box before smashing the ball into the net.
Chris Ampofo commented “The team are really enjoying their football. Some of the passing today was superb. They really work hard in training and are getting better with every game”
Brent: Chloe ' O Donoghue (capt), Elizabeth Ulusele, Keely Dibley-Dias, Maya Rosenberg, Scout Waddington, Apolonia Margetson, Sophie Kew, Tirion Lewis, Milly-May Blue, Raya McIntosh
Brent’s Under-13 squad put on a spirited performance to come from behind and get a well-deserved 1-1 draw with Barnet. Brent goalkeeper and ‘man of the match’ Ted Smith made a string of superb saves and William Whitwell was outstanding in defence. Shyon Dennis was a constant threat on the right wing. In the final minutes of the game the skilful winger beat two defenders and shot but a superb save from the Barnet keeper denied him from scoring the winner just before the final whistle. Brent manager Alvin Bubb was upbeat “The players played some good stuff and showed real spirit to come back. There were lots of positives today.”
Elsewhere, Brent’s Under-11 boys went down 5-1 away against a very strong Wokingham team. The Under-11 ‘B’ team struggled against Haringey losing 6-0 and the Under-12 boyss lost by the same margin away to Barnet. Brent Under-15 showed promise in their first outing of the season under new coach Patricia Taylor. They fought back well in the second half but lost 4-2 to Barnet.