News & Match Reports
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.
Brent's Under-12 Boys became the first of the Association's Representative Teams to reach a Cup Final this season thanks to an excellent performance against United Dragons White on Saturday.
Their Regent's Park Youth League Cup semi-final ended in a 2-2 draw and Brent edged home in a penalty shoot-out, winning by 3-2. They will play Rugby Portobello Trust in the Final, on a date to be arranged.
The Under-11 Boys also enjoyed a good result. Having already won the Batchelor Cup - one of two short competitions managed by the Middlesex Schools' FA - Brent opened their campaign in the Alf Gant Cup with an exciting 6-2 win away to Haringey.
Ths coming Saturday, 8th February, the Girls squads take centre stage in the Regent's Park Youth League Cup semi-finals. The Under-13 side take on Regent's Park FC while the Under-12s, who are playing up a year, face Queens Park Sharks.
Brent's Under-13 girls team recorded the largest winning margin in the Association's history, defeating Little Stars 18-1 in the Regent's Park Youth League. Highlights included 7 goals from top scorer Scout Waddington followed closely by 6 from Giuseppina Carnavale. Little Stars fought bravely and were rewarded with a superb consolation goal in the last minute. The win puts the 13' at the top of the league and face third-placed Regents Park in the League Cup semi-final on February 8th.
Brent's Under-12 girls are second in the same division and their good form continued with a 3-0 friendly win over Tufnell Park. Top scorer Olivia Henry scored a brace and Gerssa Bushaj also found the net. The U12 squad are three points behind the U13s, but have a game in hand.
Brent Under-10 girls' excellent run continued with a convincing 6-1 win against Regents Park; Sophie Owen scored 4 goals in that match. Brent Under-11 girls went down 4-0 to a strong Camden side.
Brent's U13 Boys squad secured their first victory of 2020 on 25th January, with a 5-2 win over West London.
The friendly fixture at Capital City Academy saw the side, under new coach Darius St Louis, produce some excellent football. With four fixtures remaining in the Compton Cup, St Louis and his players will be aiming to build on this fine performance.
The U12 Boys were beaten 6-0 by Haringey in a difficult Watkin Cup match.
Elsewhere, the U11 Boys played a full part in an action-packed game with St Albans, but were defeated 6-3.
Chairman of Brent Schools' FA, Chris Ampofo reflected on these matches - and the three played by the Association's Girls teams on the same day - by observing: "It is fantastic that so many talented players are getting the opportunity to represent Brent so magnificently. The volunteer coaches are amazing and with the Euros coming I'm sure there is some exciting schools football to come".