News & Match Reports
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.”
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).