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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.
Brent’s new Under-11B team took on Haringey on Saturday and, although they were ultimately beaten 4-3, the squad put in an excellent performance.
Brent battled back from 1-0 down to lead 3-1 at half time thanks to goals from Jack Egan (2) and Joel Otaraoh.
Brent played with a confidence that belied the fact that the team has been put together at short notice.
Brent conceded a minute after half time as the hosts sought a way back into the match. Haringey finally equalised in the 45th minutes and completed their comeback by scoring the winner with the last kick of the game.
Coach Joe Pascoe said: "The performance by the boys was fantastic . To concede in the last minute was hard as they deserved at least a draw. There were lots of positives today. I am really proud of them. They are improving with every game."
A superb passing display helped Brent Girls to an emphatic 7-1 victory over Regents Park in their first League match of the season.
Chloe O'Donoghue opened the scoring, collecting a pass from Giuseppina Carnevale before dribbling past a defender and rifling a fierce shot into the far corner of the net. Carnevale then got on the scoresheet, driving down the left before cutting in to fire the ball home. Good play from Tirion Lewis set up Carnevale to make it 3-0 wth a cross shot.
Regents Park fought back bravely but Brent’s defensive pairing of Keely Dibley-Dias and Sophie Kew stood up to the challenge well and when Regents Park did break through just before half time keeper Milly- May Blue made an excellent save, diving to turn the ball past the post.
After the break, Apolonia Margetson was introduced in midfield and was involved in the goal of the game, combining with Carnevale and Laiba Mir. Mir’s neat pass found O'Donoghue who smashed the ball past the keeper to make the score4-0.
Brent rang the changes, introducing some fresh legs. Elizabeth Ulusele in defense and Maya Rosenberg in midfield both came on and Rosenberg showed great technique when finishing a sweeping Brent move with a crisp first time shot into the net to make it five.
Simone Silva unleashed a snap shot which hit the bar before striker Scout Waddington capped a fine combative display with a well taken goal to make it 6-0. Regents Park then scored a consolation goal before Lewis completed the scoring, getting a well-deserved goal by reacting first in the box to fire home.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo observed "The girls passed the ball well and played some great football. They can take confidence from today as they showed that they can compete with anyone.”
Squad: Chloe O’Donoghue, Giuseppina Carnevale, Laiba Mir, Elizabeth Ulusele, Keely Dibley-Dias, Maya Rosenberg, Scout Waddington, Apolonia Margetson, Simone Silva, Sophie Kew, Tirion Lewis, Milly May Blue
Two Under-11 squads from Brent participated in an inter-district tournament hosted by St. Albans on Saturday 15th September.
The 'A' squad (pictured) started against last season's national champions Wokingham. Brent battled well with a late header from Fabian finishing Dhyan's cross for the winner.They lost their next match but still played great football.
Then Naeem scored a hat trick with Troy netting as well in a 4-0 win over Woking 'B' before Le'Kai smashed home for the winner against St. Albans.
Results: Brent 1-0 Wokingham
Brent 0-2 Newbury
Brent 4-0 Woking 'B'
Brent 1-0 St. Albans Blues
Coach Paul Woodford "This was a fantastic day out for all the boys who played out of their skins with a style of play that was both effective and refreshing."
Squad: Joe Barrett, Rudy Blue, Le'Kai Chevannes, Naeem Giscombe, Troy Kelly, Casper Lindner (gk), Armend Muslika, Tyreece Pollendine (gk), Fabian Prela, Dhyan Sharma, Jack Somers, Bernardo Zaniuncio and Zak Zebiri.
The Brent 'B' squad also gave a good account of themselves, drawing with both Stevenage and St Albans 0-0. The team were beaten 4-0 by Dacorum but bounced back to beat a very strong Woking team 1-0.