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Orpington 0 Brent 3
Lester Finch Trophy Semi-Final, 21st May 2016
Brent's Under-11 Boys booked their place in the Lester Finch Trophy Final with another fantastic performance.
Brent started the 1st half with the wind against them,which gave Orpington an advantage.
Orpington started the game with a good tempo and put the visitors under early pressure, to the point where Brent had to dig deep to keep the scoresheet blank.
Brent started to get control of the game and create openings without really testing the Orpington keeper.
With the half-time score at 0-0, Brent made a change by taking off James Otaruoh and bringing on Jhamar McDonald.
Within 2 minutes of the restart, Jhamar gave the Orpington defence something to worry about with his blistering pace leaving 2 defenders behind and crossing for Daniel Adu-Adjei whose shot was blocked.
Five minutes into the second half Brent took the lead through Joshua Johnson who fired into the bottom corner.
Brent grew in confidence and it was only a matter of time before they scored again. Jhamar was giving the home defence a torrid time and scoring Brent's second goal in the 43rd minute.
Orpington tried to hit Brent on the counter-attack but the defence was on top form with Gradi,Brandon & Renoldo keeping Orpington at bay.
As the game wore on, Schadrac Kweme got the ball on the right and took on two of the Orpington players beating them both and squaring the ball back for Daniel to score Brent's third goal.
Further chances were created by the impressive Schadrac who was a constant thorn Orpington's side.
Squad: James Cawley,Sean Roche,Daniel Adu-Adjei,Margen Drymishi (St Robert Southwell), Renoldo Hay, Jhamar McDonald (Kingsbury Green), Gradi Nkalu (Our Lady of Grace), Rafi Amblin (Oliver Goldsmith), Joshua Johnson (St Joseph's Willesden), Brandon Njoku (St Joseph's Wembley), James Otaruoh (Byron Court), Schadrac Kweme (St Andrew's).
Match Sponsor: Cargiant
Having been founded in 1966, Brent Schools’ FA are celebrating their Golden Anniversary, by helping to kick-start what they hope will be a “golden age” of football for young girls from the borough.
This season’s Under-11 Girls’ have already claimed two trophies; the Surrey League and the Woking Festival Cup, while claiming three points from their final two London League matches will enable them to claim a memorable treble.
On Saturday, the team was presented with the Woking Festival Cup by England Women’s Team Head Coach Mark Sampson on the pitch at half time of The FA Women’s Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. They were supported by a group of 300 from Brent Schools’ FA, which included players from the various teams, teachers, coaches, parents, volunteers and friends.
Chair of the Brent Schools’ FA Chris Ampofo said afterwards: “It was a ‘dream come true’ for the team, who are local girls attending local schools and are proud to be from Brent.
“The players hope to follow in the footsteps of local girl Rachel Yankey who has had a distinguished career for Arsenal and England. In the future, some of the players will hopefully play for FA WSL teams and maybe even in an FA Women’s Cup Final .
“I’d also like to express my heartfelt thanks to The FA and Wembley National Stadium Trust for facilitating this event and everyone behind the scenes supporting Brent Schools’ FA. I would encourage every school to get a group together and attend next year’s Final. It is a family friendly occasion and a brilliant day out.”
The season may be coming to a close, but several of the Brent Schools’ FA Representative Teams have the opportunity to claim silverware for the district.
On Saturday 14th May, the Under-11 Boys blasted their way into the semi-final of the London Schools’ FA Lester Finch Trophy by beating South London 8-1 away from home. The team now face Orpington at Douglas Eyre Sports Centre, Walthamstow this Saturday, 21st May, with a 10.30am kick-off.
The Under-11 Girls were at Wembley Stadium for The FA Women’s Cup Final but return to action on Saturday 21st May with a home match against Barking & Dagenham in the Super Six stage of the London Girls’ League. A win or a draw in this match would clinch the championship for Brent with a game to spare, although even if Barking & Dagenham do emerge victorious, a win away to Woking in their final match would still enable Brent to claim the title.
Also chasing a trophy are the Under-16 team, who have reached the London Schools’ FA Cup Final for the second consecutive season. They will play Havering at Dagenham & Redbridge FC on a date to be confirmed.
In other matches, the Under-12 Boys finished the season in some style coming back from 2-0 down to beat champions Hillingdon 3-2 away on Wednesday 11th May.
Two goals from Wiktor Wachala and a superb performance from keeper Yashil Kamdar put Brent’s Under-15 team on the verge of a comeback against Barnet but they went down 3-2 at home. That left the team with a single match to play against League Champions Camden & Islington, who proved too strong for the challenge from Brent.
Two late goals helped Bower Cup champions Brent to subdue a spirited Brent side, who were unable to end the season on a winning note.
Barnet had more possession in the opening moments and had an early shot at goal but it was Brent who took a third minute lead through Felix Amoah who cut inside from the left wing before scoring from 25 yards. Two minutes later from an almost identical position Amoah saw another effort clear the Barnet crossbar. Brent almost scored their second when Louie Adedeji’s cross from the left was met by Rahul Bhundia whose shot was too high.
Midway through the first half Barnet forced a couple of corners and saw an effort on goal well saved by Aamar Malik in the Brent goal. Amoah almost scored his second in the 23rd minute cleverly turning and once again seeing his effort from the edge of the Barnet penalty area clear the crossbar. Barnet almost equalised in the 25th minute from a free kick award just outside the Brent penalty area that was headed narrowly wide. In the final minute of the first half, Brent’s Dominic D’Souza was unfortunate not to score when through on goal. The prolific striker lobbed the Barnet goalkeeper but the the ball was headed off the goal line by an onrushing defender.
Barnet started the second half strongly and once again saw an early effort clear the Brent crossbar before equalising from a corner in the 41st minute. The set piece was not cleared at the near post and was diverted into the net by a Brent player. Two minutes later, Barnet almost took the lead from another corner when Malik dived at full stretch to palm the ball over the crossbar. Brent’s Mason Spencer saw an effort on goal go just wide in the 45th minute before D’Souza again went through on the Barnet goal only for his effort to go just wide of the post under a strong defensive challenge.
Amoah saw another fine effort palmed away just under the Barnet crossbar before Barnet took the lead in the 51st minute from a quick attack down the left and when the ball was crossed was tapped home from close range. Two minutes later Brent were level when Brent’s Sahr Dugba’s effort on goal was deflected behind and D’Souza’s corner kick was met by Ghellor Kreme who headed powerfully home.
Brent were level for only a couple of minutes and Barnet scored two goals in quick succession to take a 4-2 lead. Brent were very unfortunate to see another Amoah effort on the Barnet goal hit the crossbar whilst D’Souza saw a shot well saved before Brent’s Shammer Swaby scored with a dipping shot from 25 yards to make it 4-3 with 7 minutes left to play. With Brent pushing strongly for an equaliser Amoah saw a shot saved before Swaby headed wide from a corner. From a Brent free kick Swaby shot over and from the resulting goal kick Barnet broke again quickly and scored their 5th before scoring the 6th in the last minute with a shot from the edge of the Brent penalty area.