News & Match Reports
Brent's Under-10 Girls started their season with an excellent 2-1 win over a strong Barnet Nightingales team.
Brent started strongly by blocking a shot from Barnet and hitting Nightingales on a counter-attack. Wales dribbled down the wing and released Owen, who shot first time to give Brent a 1-0 lead.
A flurry of chances late in the first half culminated in Wales hitting the bar and Brent took a 1-0 lead into half time.
Barnet pressed heavily in the second half and Brent did well to keep Nightingales at bay thanks to strong defensive work by Swaby and M. El-Hashimi.
Another counter-attack from Brent began with Stone passing to Wales. Wales set off on a dribble down the wing evading two defenders before hitting a shot which the Barnet 'keeper could only parry into the path of Owen who shot clinically into the top left hand corner to give Brent a 2-0 lead.
Brent had several more chances in the second half with Wales hitting the crossbar again and Owen forcing the Barnet goalkeeper to make several saves.
Brent conceded a corner with 10 minutes to go and from a deflection off Swaby, Barnet pulled a goal back. Brent soaked up the pressure in the last few minutes with good saves from Carrie and a strong defensive midfield contribution from Summers who was commanding in the centre and D.El-Hashimi in supporting the back three. Brent showed a lot of commitment and the girls were rewarded with a good win over a strong team.
The Brent U13 Girls' squad got off to a flying start to the season, scoring six goals in each half to complete a resounding 12-0 win over Stars at Regents Park.
Three players scored hat-tricks; debutante Olivia Henry, Tirion Lewis and last season’s top scorer, Scout Waddington.
Chloe O’ Donoghue scored a brace and midfielder Apolonia Margetson, who was outstanding in midfield got on the scoresheet with the first goal. Stars, who were playing their first game, never gave up and nearly scored a well-deserved consolation goal at the end but shot just wide of the post.
Brent face a sterner test next time out when they face local rivals Queens Park Sharks on 28 September.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo was impressed by the team's performance and commended Stars' fighting spirit. “Stars are a new team and never gave up. The score line was a bit flattering. The Brent team worked really hard for each other. This was their first 9v9 game and they adapted really well.”
Brent Squad: Sophie Kew (capt), Chloe O’Donoghue, Elizabeth Ulusele, Apolonia Margetson, Laiba Mir, Scout Waddington, Keely Dibley-Dias, Pele, Maya Rosenberg, Matilda Easterby, Tirion Lewis, Olivia Henry.
Brent Under 11 boys started their campaign at the St Albans festival. The team lost 2-1 against hosts St Alban, before recording a 1-0 loss to Wokingham and had the same result against Newbury. The squad battled bravely to clinch a 0-0 draw with Harrow.
Talented footballers from all corners of the borough gathered to celebrate the season at the Brent Schools’ FA’s annual awards.
The packed event was held at Capital City Academy to recognise the young stars who play for Brent and opened by the deputy head of the school, Rhoda Flindall.
Special guest, Councillor Krupesh Hirani , lead member for Public Health , Culture & Leisure congratulated the young stars tweeting “So proud of the Brent boys and girls and their footballing talent. I am honoured to join them for the awards event this evening. Some amazing work being done.”
The Association was founded in 1966 and is one of the most active in the South East of England. It has been recognised by The English Schools FA as a hub of football and now boasts eight Representative squads ranging from Under-9 to Under 15, including three girls’ teams.
In addition to the traditional awards for the ‘Golden Boot’ and ‘Player of the Season’, there were awards for some of the unsung heroes in the Brent teams such as Best Attitude, Most Improved and Best Team Contribution.
Over the years, the boys’ teams have produced a large number of professional players including Raheem Sterling, Stuart Pearce and Cyrille Regis. This season was the first time Brent Schools’ FA had players in both the English and Scottish FA Cup finals with Uche Ikpeazu playing for Hearts against Celtic and Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick for Manchester City against Watford.
However, the newer girls’ teams produced some of the highlights of the season. The newly-formed Under-9 girls team have produced some great results and the Under-12 girls were the most successful Brent Representative team. They were unbeaten in the Camden & Regents Park League on their way to winning the treble.
The Brent Schools’ FA squads train at Capital City Academy every Wednesday. There is a girls-only Wildcats session from 5:45pm to 6:45pm with the boys training from 6:45pm to 8:00pm.
Brent Chair Chris Ampofo commented: “It is great to see that the tradition of playing for Brent which started over 50 years ago is still going strong. It has been a great season and thanks to the commitment of the coaches and parents who work so hard volunteering to support the teams we hope to build on this success. It is great to see young players really enjoy their football”.
Photos by Stephen Toddington
The Brent Schools' FA are offering local youngsters the opportunity to represent their borough against the cream of the Capital.
Raheem Sterling was the star for Brent when they won the London Youth Games in 2009 and talented players have the opportunity to follow in his footsteps by representing Brent at the London-wide tournament.
Open trials for the Under-14 team will be held at Capital City Academy on Sat 22 June from noon until 2:00pm and also on 26 June from 6.30pm to 8:00pm. The team will be managed by Brent coach Fitzroy Benson. The tournament will take place at Crystal Palace National Sports centre on 6 July.