News & Match Reports
The Brent U12 Girls Representative Squad picked up their first Regent's Park Youth League victory of the season with a 4-2 win over Little Stars Coaching.
Brent opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Olivia Henry made a run down the right side and received the ball in an attacking position; her attempted cross deceived everyone and flew into the net.
Little Stars then scored twice in quick succession to take the lead but Brent fought back. Their equaliser came from Olivia Henry who was played through by a pass by Kate Fox. In a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, Henry slotted the ball across goal and into the bottom left corner.
Henry completed her hat-trick after Atlanta broke up play in the midfield with an excellent tackle, which enabled her to put Henry through for another one-on-one which was finished with aplomb.
Henry wrapped up the scoring by finishing an incisive counter-attack, started by a long kick from goalkeeper Kathleen into the prolific forward. Henry shielded the ball from her marker and allowed it to run across her body, which gave her the time to set up the shot and finish clinically.
The Brent Schools' FA Under-10 girls squad continued their development matches by taking on a club team - Brent Cross - and winning emphatically.
In a game played in perfect conditions at Regent’s Park, Brent Schools opened the scoring within three minutes with a finely taken goal by Kennedy who went on to complete a first half hat trick and also provided both assists for Owen to secure a brace. The first half scoring was completed when Meg added to the score sheet after an assist by Owen. Brent took a 6-0 lead into half time.
An early goal at the start of the second half from Owen to secure her hat-trick was followed by a brief comeback as Brent Cross scored from a well taken free kick.
The Brent keeper, Bulik, daringly came out of her box several times to clear the ball with her feet.
With the score at 7-1, under pressure from Captain Hunn and Kennedy, Brent Cross conceded two own goals.
After a great solo effort, Owen added another goal to take her tally to four.
With a minute remaining Kennedy scored a screamer from outside the box to make it 11-1 to Brent Schools and complete her tally of four goals and four assists. As a result, Kennedy was a worthy winner of the Player of the Match award.
Brent U13 Girls' 0-1 London Bees
Brent's Under-13 Girls were unable to capitalise on home advantage and were undone by a brilliant long-distance strike in an action-packed match with London Bees at Capital City Academy.
In gale-like conditions, Brent created chance after chance and pinned the Bees in their own half for long periods but could not find the net.
After weathering the early onslaught, London Bees began to improve and pass well but, like Brent, could not find a decisive strike. In the dying seconds of the game, that changed with an unstoppable Bees 25-yard drive into the top corner. The final whistle blew immediately after the restart. It was the first time that Brent had failed to score this season. Brent coach Chris Ampofo commented: “It was a very even game played in a great spirit by both teams. Credit to the Bees, that was a goal worthy of winning any game”.
Brent will hope to bounce back to winning ways when they face Regents Park this Saturday in a top-of-the-table Regent's Park Youth League clash. The following week Brent host Denham United Girls in the Capital Girls Cup at Capital City.
Brent's Under 14 Boys went down 8-4 away to a strong Hillingdon side. The Under-11 boys had the best Brent result of the day beating Hillingdon 5-3 in the Middlesex Schools' FA's Batchelor Cup competition
Barnet 2-4 Brent
Brent pulled off a stunning win against Barnet in the Batchelor Cup, bouncing back in spectacular style after going behind to an early goal.
At 0-0, Brent got an opportunity to take the lead after the impressive Cayden showed neat footwork and was fouled in the area for a penalty. Unfortunately, Cayden put the spot kick wide but it was an encouraging start for the visitors.
Barnet took the lead soon after that, but Brent bounced back thanks to two goals scored by Armend and two goals from Cayden.
Brent's team really grew in confidence and the players matched Barnet’s energy, enabling the visitors to control the game.
Brent coach Joe Pascoe observed: “The really pleasing thing from the game was that we brought in three new players yet we outworked Barnet and could have scored more goals. I’m proud of the team.”