Brent 2-3 Croydon
London Girls' Inter-District League, 10th March 2018
Brent’s Under-11 girls’ team produced their best performance of the season when staging a dramatic fight back against top-of-the-table Croydon.
Brent got into the game from the kick-off. Apollonia Margetson gained possession in midfield and passed to skipper Guissepina Carnevale who dribbled past two defenders and hit a fierce shot which was well saved.
Croydon then went on the attack and the solid Brent defense of Sophie Kew and Keely Dibley–Dias combined well to break up several attacks. Keeper Milly-May Blue made a superb reflex save but Croydon took the lead, nudging the ball home in the goalmouth scramble that followed. The big and powerful Croydon team started to get the upper hand and extended their lead after 20 minutes with a well worked goal, giving ‘keeper Blue no chance.
Brent brought on Maya Rosenberg and she made an instant impact, tenaciously tackling and winning the ball from a much bigger opponent in midfield and releasing Carnevale whose perfect pass found Scout Waddington who smashed the ball into the top right hand corner to make it 2-1 on the stroke of half time.
Buoyed by the goal, Brent started the second half strongly and having scored Waddington turned provider when straight from the kick off she won the ball, drove forward and laid the ball to Laibha Mir whose long range shot sailed into the roof of the net. That made it 2-2 and very much ‘game on’.
Croydon had only conceded one goal all season prior to this match and were visibly rattled by the relentless pressing and tackling of Brent. It was end to end stuff as both teams fought for the winner and with a few minutes remaining Croydon found the net after a melee in the box. 3-2. Brent continued to fight, pushing the unbeaten Croydon all the way to the final whistle but the match ended 3-2. It was a superb and spirited performance from the Brent team. Coach Chris Ampofo: “The team are improving individually and as a team in every game. They were absolutely immense today. They can take confidence from today as they showed they can compete against anyone”.
Brent: Guissepina Carnevale (capt), Keely Dibley – Dias, Sophie Kew, Apollonia Margetson, Maya Rosenberg, Maya Rosenberg, Laibha Mir, Tammy Nathanial, Simone Silva, Milly-May Blue.
Princess Frederica 0-0 Byron Court
Princess Frederica won 2-0 on penalties
Brent Cup Quarter-Final
Princess Frederica School's girls team booked their place in the Brent Cup semi-final in dramatic style, overcoming a strong Byron Court team in a tense penalty shoot-out.
Freds dominated the first half pinning Byron in their own half for long periods but could not find the net. The second half was more even as both sides battled hard to get the upper hand and the all important first goal. Although both teams came close, neither could break the deadlock and the match finished 0-0.
This took the tie to penalties. Freds went first and the shot was well saved by the Byron keeper. Byron’s first penalty went wide. Next up, Matilda Easterby placed a shot into the bottom corner. Byron’s next penalty was well hit but Maddie Muir dived down to her left and made a superb save. Now Freds had a chance to win the tie. Up stepped Amber Smith to launch an unstoppable thunderbolt into the roof of the net to clinch the win and put Freds into the semi-final for the first time in many years.
Princess Frederica now face Sinai in the semi final with the other semi-final being between St Southwell and Malories.
Brent 5-4 Alexandra Park
Capital Girls' League, 17th February 2018
Brent’s Under-10 Girls’ tasted victory in the Capital Girls’ League for the first time, just edging out Alexandra Park in an all-action encounter. The borough girls started brightly with Molly O’Connor scoring a superb hat-trick within 10 minutes.
Alexandra Park then staged a comeback and despite excellent defending from Maia Fox and two good saves by Georgie Stone in goal, the first half ended 3-2.
The second half was an end-to-end contest. O’Connor extended Brent’s lead with a powerful drive to make the score 4-2 but Alexandra Park piled on the pressure and levelled the score at 4-4.
Kate Fox and Olivia MacArthur began to get the upper hand in midfield and with minutes left Kathleen Santos Ferreira lost her marker to smash the ball into the net to score the winner with the game ending 5-4.
After the match, Brent Coach Patricia Taylor said: “I want to congratulate both teams on a brilliant match played in a brilliant spirit. I’m very proud if the players. They worked very hard for each other out there today”.
Brent: Maia and Kate Fox, Molly O’Connor, Olivia MacArthur, Kathleen Santos Ferreira, Georgie Stone