U13 Girls cruise through in Capital Cup

Brisden Wood 0-12 Brent Schools' FA

Brent's Under-13 Girls blasted their way into the second round of the Capital Girls' Cup, notching up a record-breaking 12-0 win at Risden Wood. This game was played at Paringdon Sports club in Harlowand was an even contest in the early exchanges. Risden were solid at the back and contained Brent for 20 minutes.  

The visitors got their breakthrough when Chloe O'Donoghue showed why she has been called up to the Middlesex Schools' FA Representative Squad by controlling the ball on the edge of the box and then driving the ball low and into the net.

Brent captain Giuseppina Carnavale made the score 2-0, reacting first in the box to a rebound following a shot by Scout Waddington and then scoring a superb solo effort dribbling past two defenders before launching a thunderbolt into the to corner to make it 3. 

Carnavale made completed her hat-trick with a smart finish, latching on to a through ball from Sophie Kew.  

Brent's passing was superb and set up their next goal. Laiba Mir passed to Keely Dibley-Dias whose slide rule pass found O' Donoghue. O'Donoghue crossed and Carnavale arrived at the back post to smash the ball home for her fourth goal of the game. 

Maddie Muir then sprinted down the left wing and cut in to score making the score 6-0 at half time. 

Brent coach Kjell Sung asked the team to keep up the intensity after the break and he wasn’t disappointed. Muir released Brianna John -Etiko who passed quickly to Carnavale to score her fifth goal of the game and Brent's seventh. Brent introduced fresh legs and Tirion Lewis scored a poacher's goal after Sophie Kew's long-range shot was parried to make it 8-0. Dibley-Dees then went close but her shot was saved and Muir slotted home (9). After this, Lewis dribbled into the box and unselfishly set up John-Etiko for a tap in. Pele Fakahau then released Maya Rosenberg who crossed to Lewis and she showed good feet, turning quickly to score. Lewis completed her hat-trick and Brent's scoring by dribbling into the box and shooting.

Brent coach Kjell Sung said after the game: "The girls have been rewarded for their hard work in training. The passing was fantastic. When  they play like that they can compete with anyone."

Brent squad: Sophie Kew, Chloe O'Donoghue, Maya Rosenberg, Tirion Lewis, Pele Fakahau, Laiba Mir, Scout Waddington, Keely Dibley-Dias, Maddie Muir, Brianna John-Etiko, Giuseppina Carnevale (capt).

U10 Girls can't silence Nightingales

Barnet Nightingales 4-2 Brent Schools' FA

The new Brent U10 Girls squad took part in a very competitive Capital Girls' League fixture against Barnet Nightingales.

The match was played in perfect conditions at Chase Lodge. 

Without both of their main goalkeepers,  Brent were always going to struggle but took an early lead after only three minutes. The goal was created by a great solo run down the left wing by Nancy Wales who evaded several tackles before firing the ball into the top right corner. 

Barnet fought back, securing a penalty after Brent handled the ball from a corner. The penalty was dispatched efficiently to draw the teams level at 1-1. Sophie Owen went close for Brent after being played in by Willow Stone and Stone had a couple of one on ones with the Barnet 'keeper who did well to deny her. The score at half time was 1-1.

Shortly after half time, Brent conceded a corner which led to a well taken goal which gave Nightingales the lead. A defensive mix up by Brent gifted Barnet their third goal. With five minutes remaining, Tallulah Swaby in defense played a long ball to Wales who skipped through the Nightingales defence to score her second of the game and bring the score to 3-2. Barnet used their subs impressively to gain an advantage as Brent began to tire and in the final minute Brent conceded again through another defensive error .

Brent player of the match: Nancy Wales.

Squad: Tallulah Swaby, Sophie Owen, Alba Summers, Willow Stone, Carrie Rattigan, Nancy Wales.

U13 girls too strong for Regent's Park

Brent’s Under-13 girls’ squad came out on top in their top of the table clash against Regents Park.

In an excellent advert for girls football, Brent eventually ran out 4-0 winners in a hard-fought game at Regents Park.

Brent’s leading scorer Scout Waddington gave Brent the lead, collecting a pass from debutante Maddie  Muir, then sprinting past the defence and firing past the goalkeeper .

The second goal – arguably the ‘goal of the game’ – came from an out-swinging corner from Chloe O’Donoghue which Brianna John-Etiko volleyed into the top corner.

Regents Park rallied and went on the counter-attack, but good work from Sophie Kew and Keely Dibley-Dias broke up the attack and started the move which led to the third goal.

The ball was worked to Maya Rosenberg on the wing, whose inch perfect pass found John-Etiko who calmly drove the ball beyond the ‘keeper.

Brent’s passing game was making it hard for their opponents to gain possession but was helping them to build attacks. One excellent chance came when Lizzy Ulusele fed the ball to Laiba Mir for a neat interchange with Apolonia Margetson, who released Muir on the left wing. Muir’s pace took her past the defence, but the ‘keeper saved to deny her what would have been a well-deserved goal. Muir caused Regents Park all sorts of problems with darting runs down the left flank, but the final goal came when keeper Milly-May Blue’s quick thinking and throw out released Dibley-Dias who found Waddington in midfield. Her pass found Brianna John-Etiko on the edge of the box and she completed her hat-trick with a thunderous shot which ricochet into the goal off the far post.

Brent coach Kjell Sung said afterwards: "The team started quickly and their passing and movement was excellent. Congratulations to both teams on a very competitive game".

Brent squad:  Sophie Kew, Chloe O'Donoghue , Maya Rosenberg,  Elizabeth Ulusele, Apolonia Margetson Laiba Mir,  Scout Waddington (capt), Milly May Blue, Keely Dibley-Dias, Maddie Muir, Brianna John-Etiko.

Brent U13 girls have a road trip next as they face Risden Wood Girls in Harlow on 19 October away in the first round of the Capital Girls Cup.

Under-12 girls tame Tuffnell Park

Brent Under-12 Girls 4-2 Tufnell Park 

Brent started this friendly very well. putting lots of pressure on Tufnell Park.  Brent took the lead when Kate Fox pounced on a rebound from a shot by Olivia Henry and blasted the ball into the top corner .  Brent dominated possession but could not extend their lead.

However, after 20 minutes, their pressure paid off; a fantastic through ball from Pele Fakahau to Henry enabled the striker to shoot into the bottom left corner of the goal. Henry then turned provider for the third goal when she sent a superb cross into the box for Georgie Stone to coolly slot home.

Tufnell Park came back strongly in the second half. A tactical shift saw them play almost everyone behind the ball which made it harder for Brent to break them down. At the same time, Tufnell Park were proving dangerous on the counter-attack and scored twice in quick succession to come back into the game. However, Brent held their nerve and  Olivia Henry scored minutes from the  end to seal the 4-2 win.

Brent coach Patricia Taylor commented that "I was very pleased with the way we played and proud of the girls for putting in a good shift."


U11 Girls v LSS, 12/10/19

Elsewhere, Brent’s Under-11 girls (pictured) played well in only their second competitive game but  were beaten 2-0 by LSS and the Under-12 boys’ good run came to an end, going down 8-1 at home to title favourites Haringey in the Watkin Cup.

The Middlesex Schools’ FA’s Under-14 girls squad won 3-1 at home to Kent in an exciting South East England league match. Brent’s Chloe O' Donoghue made her debut for the county coming on as a substitute.

The Under-16 Girls’ representative team also triumphed, defeating Kent 3-0 to give Middlesex the ‘double’ in matches played at the new Middlesex FA Headquarters at Rectory Park in Northolt.

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