News & Match Reports
Brent's youngest Representative Squad secured a hard-fought win against Galaxy All Stars. The match was played in bright sunshine, against a backdrop of stucco fronted mansions in Regent's Park.
The previous meeting of these teams had been a 2-2 draw and Brent went into this fixture missing their star striker Sophie Owen who was injured. With other key players missing, including Carrie Rattigan, Hannah Derks and Alba Summers, the team had to dig deep to maintain the high standards set in previous games.
Bulik in goal was solid and Tallulah Swaby and Minnie Palmer in defense were virtually impenetrable. However, having enjoyed the majority of possession, Brent were caught napping by a counter-attack and Galaxy took an early lead.
After struggling to contain Galaxy, the midfield of Nancy Wales, Willow Corbett and Eabha Kennedy grew into the game. The trio combined to press the Galaxy defense and after a Kennedy shot was saved by the 'keeper, Willow Stone was the quickest to react and fired a powerful shot into the goal.
The score was 1-1 at half time but the pressure and the possession was all with Brent at the break.
The second half saw Galaxy bring on solid midfielders and a good back line but Brent continued to press. Kennedy and Chemale in midfield went close to scoring several times, drawing excellent saves from the Galaxy goalkeeper.
The deadlock was broken by a superb solo run down the left wing by Nancy Wales. The mercurial midfielder evaded her marker and thumped a glorious shot high into the roof of the net.
After Brent took the lead, they closed out the game with Corbett replacing Chemale in midfield and stopping everything coming her way. Behind her, the defensive pairing of Swaby and Palmer continued to play affectively, so much so that Palmer was declared Player of the Match. Bulik in goal was cool and calm and distributed well.
Brent's U11 Girls' squad enjoyed an emphatic win over Regents Park. The result reflected well on the group's development as the last time the two sides met they produced a scintillating 2-2 draw.
Brent had their opponents under pressure from the earliest stages of the match. The Regents Park goalkeeper made a string of saves from Brent striker Owen before the inevitable breakthrough came after four minutes. Wales supplied the pass for Ingham, who opened the scoring.
After the first goal, Brent increased the pressure further. Debutante De Sousas Mantas marked her first call-up for the Association by dominating midfield and releasing Wales, who converted smartly for 2-0. Before the break Brent scored two more, both from Kennedy who was playing in a deep-lying midfield role.
The only negative note in the first half for Brent was the loss of top scorer Owen, who suffered an ankle injury.
With a strong lead, Brent made positional changes; Kennedy moved up front and was replaced by Redhead in central midfield.
The team were looking to keep a clean sheet, marshalled by the defensive partnership of Swaby and Hunn and Bulik in goal. The stopper was called into action several times, either clearing with her feet or smothering the ball safely.
Brent continued to dominate. Kennedy scored a further two goals taking her tally to four, while Ingham added a brace to complete her hat-trick with Roe on the wing supplying assists.
Brent's revamped Under-13 Boys Representative Squad secured a second consecutive victory by winning 2-0 at Camden & Islington in the Compton Cup.
Brent started the first half well and dominated possession, but lacked the quality in the final third to make their dominance with the ball count.
The second half followed a similar pattern, until Brent make a breakthrough with 20 minutes remaining. The goal came when Brent won a corner and Basit curled the ball towards goal. His delivery took a deflection and ended up in the net.
Five mins later, Basit was on the ball again and created the decisive second goal by playing a split pass into Mohammed's path; Mohammed went past two players and fired a shot into the bottom corner to ensure his team claimed all three points.
The Middlesex Under-15 Boys Representative Team overcame strong winds and the challenge of the Inner London squad on Saturday 1st February.
The team contained several Brent players, including "the Brent Messi" Albi Alexander.
Middlesex started well and were rewarded for creating pressure on the home side when the referee awarded a penalty after a clumsy tackle by the Inner London goalkeeper. Brent's Diontae Smith stepped up and converted.
Middlesex would soon be 2-0 up when Smith scored his second. A Jibril Sharmarke through ball put Smith into a one-on-one with the Inner London 'keeper, which he finished coolly.
Inner London improved in the second half, scoring two quick goals midway through the second half. However Middlesex wom the game late on when a Kuell Weekes free kick found the net.
Middlesex had chances to extend their lead but managed the game efficiently to finish as winners.
Middlesex and Brent coach Kamal Romain commented afterwards: “Through hard work, the team's talent shone brightly in a great team display”.
This was one of three fixtures played at Walthamstow; Middlesex U16 boys won 3-2 against Inner London, while the Under-14 boys went down 5-2 in a game which was much closer than the score line suggests.