Brent U11 Boys 7-2 Harrow

Saturday 26th January 2019

Brent started this Middlesex Schools' FA Subsidiary Cup match at full speed and a swift, early counter-attack fell to Fabian Prela who opened the scoring with a strong strike into the bottom left hand corner. Fabian had another chance saved soon afterwards, before new striker Danny Gobishavi Por Asl smashed home for 2-0. 

Brent extended their lead further as Danny poked home a third before completing his hat trick with a powerful header from Armend’s pinpoint corner. 

Before the break Harrow pulled two goals back after a good save from Casper Lindner was struck home and a scramble soon afterwards tucked away. The half-time score was 4-2 

Brent reasserted themselves after the break as Troy raced onto a long ball to poke past the onrushing 'keeper for 5-2. Shortly afterwards, Troy completed his brace with a sublime chip into the back of the net for 6-2. The scoring was completed when Le’Kai wriggled through the Harrow defence and volleyed deftly over the oncoming keeper. 

The match was described by the team management as “The best team performance of the season with excellent attacking football, solid defensive shape and a mental toughness to maintain their level”. 

Squad: Joe Barrett, Le’Kai Chevannes, Danny Gobishavi Por Asl, Troy Kelly, Casper Lindner, Kalungi Lovell, Armend Muslika, Tyreece Pollendine, Fabian Prela, Deon Selmani, Bernardo Zanuncio and Zak Zebiri.

U9 Girls make encouraging debut

The new Brent Under-9 girls team played their first match on Saturday 26th January.

Tallulah Swayby, Hannah Derks, Minnie Palmer, Willow Stone, Suki and Alba Summers all did the borough proud.

The highlights included a superb pass from Willow Stone to Alba Summers who scored their first ever goal with a thunderbolt. In addition, Tallulah Swaby hit a superb free kick which only a fingertip save pushed agonisingly wide and Minnie Palmer dribbled through on goal only to be stopped by a last-ditch tackle.

Despite a good performance, Brent went down to a formidable Ruislip Rangers team who are the current Capital Girls cup winners and have only lost once in eight games. This is the youngest ever team to represent Brent.

Brent U12 Girls 5-0 LSS

Saturday 26th January 2019

Brent U12’s superb unbeaten run in the league  continued with a convincing 5-0 victory against a strong and physical LSS team at Regents Park on Saturday. In a great advert for girls football, Brent took the lead when Apolonia Margetson won the ball in midfield and threaded the ball to Scout Waddington who blasted the ball home. Margetson then extended the lead with a fierce long range shot into the bottom corner.

Brent's third goal was the result of a fine move started by goalkeeper Millie-May Blue who released Sophie Kew, whose pinpoint pass released Giussepina Carnavale. Carnavale cut in from the left and shot. The  LSS keeper made a good save but could only parry the ball and  Waddington reacted first to score a poacher's goal. 

LSS rallied and pressed in an effort to get back into the game but Brent defended superbly with Kew and Dibley-Dias breaking up attacks and calmly passing through the press,  putting their team on the attack. Brent's fourth goal was another excellent passing move; Kew passed to Keely Dibley-Dias who found Chloe O'Donoghue who then slipped the ball to Carnavale who jinked past her marker to unleash a thunderbolt into the roof of the net, giving the 'keeper no chance.     

In a smart move, Dibley-Dias passed to Laiba Mir who released Maya Rosenberg to race down the wing, but her shot was well saved.

Chloe O'Donoghue completed the scoring, finishing a great team move started by Elizabeth Ulusele. O'Donoghue hit a spectacular shot which flew into the top left corner with such force that it rebounded back out off the stantion of the goal.

Brent coach Chris Ampofo: "The girls defended brilliantly today and played some great football. Some of the passing was fantastic. You can see that the girls are really enjoying their football and they are improving all the time.  I thought that both teams were excellent.

Squad: Scout Waddington, Chloe O'Donoghue, Elizabeth Ulusele, Keely Dibley-Dias, Maya Rosenberg, Apolonia Margetson, Sophie Kew (capt), Milly-May Blue, Laiba Mir, Giussepina Carnavale     

Brent next face third-placed Eagles United on February 9 at Regents Park. 

Brent U11 Girls 1-4 Hillingdon

Brent's Under-11 girls played well with excellent performances around the pitch. Olivia scored with a superb strike but, ultimately Brent were overpowered by a strong Hillingdon team at  Capital City Academy.

Under-12 Girls Start New Year Strongly

Brent U12 Girls 4-1 Dragons

Saturday 12th January 2019

In a superb advert for girls' football, Brent's Under-12 squad kicked off 2019 with an emphatic win, coming back from behind to win 4-1 against Dragons at Regents Park.

Brent started brightly and good passing play by Sophie Kew and Keely Dibley-Dias released Scout Waddington, who shot inches wide. This was a warning to Dragons and they responded well, counter-attacking to break against the run of play and take the lead. 

Brent's response showed why they are unbeaten in the league; the team pressing high up the pitch and Apolonia Margetson driving them forward from midfield. Chloe O'Donoghue skilfully dribbled past two defenders and passed to Waddington but the Dragons 'keeper pulled off an excellent point-blank save. The play was all Brent as they pinned Dragons back and peppered the home side's goal with shots only to see the Dragons 'keeper make save after save. 

Brent were rewarded for their patience after 10 minutes when Brent's keeper Milly-May Blue released Kew on the left. Kew passed to Carnavale who cut in from the left wing, slipping the ball to Waddington to drive home. 1-1. Waddington then gave her team the lead, collecting a pass from Laiba Mir and holding off her marker before smashing the ball into the top corner and make the score 2-1. Dragons fought bravely and the game became end-to-end stuff as both teams jostled for the vital next goal. Brent continued to put pressure on their hosts and  Maya Rosenberg jinked past her marker to release O'Donoghue, but her thunderbolt was tipped over the bar. Brent skipper Carnavale stepped up to take the resultant corner kick and curled it in with such pace that the defender on the line was unable to stop it giving Brent some breathing space at 3-1. 

Brent rang the changes introducing Elizabeth Ulusele and Raya McIntosh in defense. Brent continued to have the upper hand and it took a very special team goal to finally clinch the game. Goalkeeper Blue passed to McIntosh on the right. Her pass found Waddington wide on the right. Waddington sprinted past her marker down the right wing and drove the ball into the box where  Carnavale hit a sweet volley. It looked like a certain goal but not for the first time the Dragons 'keeper made a superb save somehow pushing the ball out, although Carnavale made no mistake with the rebound placing it coolly into the net to seal the victory and keep Brent at the top of the league.

Brent coach Chris Ampofo commented: "I thought both teams were excellent today. Brent showed great spirit to remain calm and come back from one nil down. They passed the well and were rewarded for their hard work not just today but for the work that they do in training."

Squad: Scout Waddington, Chloe O'Donoghue, Elizabeth Ulusele, Keely Dibley-Dias, Maya Rosenberg, Apolonia Margetson, Sophie Kew, Milly-May Blue, Raya McIntosh, Laiba Mir, Giussepina Carnavale (capt)

Brent next face LSS on 26 Jan at Regents Park. 

Elsewhere Brent Under-12 Boys played well but went down 2-0 at home to Barnet at Capital City Academy.

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