Elliot Bonds has become the most recent former Brent Schools' FA player to take a huge step towards professional football by signing a two-year scholar's contract with Dagenham & Redbridge.
Elliot, who impressed the staff at the club with his dedication and professionalism, has trained with the First Team on several occasions has also played for the Reserves in the prestigious Essex Senior Cup.
Elliot is originally from Kensal Rise and played for Brent from Under-11 to Under-14. He has had spells at Brentford and Reading FC before signing a contract at Dagenham & Redbridge.
Queens Park Community School 3-2 Enfield Grammar School
Middlesex Schools' FA U12 Kay Cup Final, 30th March 2017
In a pulsating, end-to-end Kay Cup Final, Queens Park Community School triumphed 3-2 after a stirring second half comeback at The Hive, Barnet FC.
Theo Alexandrou was the goal scoring hero for Queens Park thanks to his a stunning late winner, dribbling his way past three defenders before driving the ball past the goalkeeper.
Early in the game QPCS - who have seven players in the Brent U12 Representative Squad - had taken the lead through a wonderful lob by Albi Alexander after Ayuba Jambang had sent him clear with a ball over the top of the defence.
But after that Enfield largely controlled the first half with some impressive quick passing football, although QPCS always offered a threat on the break.
QPCS goalkeeper Ahmed Al-Abdul-Rasoul was his team's Player of the Match, making a string of crucial saves to keep his team in the game as Enfield scored twice to end the first half 2-1 ahead.
The second half was very even and after levelling through an Alexander free kick Queens Park managed to claim the Kay Cup thanks to the magical run from Theo Alexandrou .
QPCS Manager Mr Costas Demosthenous commented after the game: “The boys rose to the occasion. They showed great spirit to come back from behind. Both team showed great sportsmanship. I’m very proud”.
Brent 4-2 Newham
London Schools' FA Corinthian Shield, 25th March 2017
Brent beat Newham in the semi-final of the London Schools' FA Corinthian Shield, coming from behind to win 4-2.
Newham began the game strongly and had the better of the opening exchanges and David Krupinski in the Brent goal did well in the opening 8 minutes, preventing Newham taking an early lead by saving well on a couple of occasions.
Shammar Swaby had Brent’s first attempt on target before Newham took the lead in the 10th minute with a low shot across the Brent goal into the bottom right corner. Newham should have extended their lead in the 17th minute but saw their shot go well wide with just Krupinski to beat.
Brent equalised midway through the first half. Saul Mensah did well to win the ball back for Brent and when the ball was passed to William Ribeiro he reacted quicker than the Newham defenders and tucked the ball past the on-rushing Newham goalkeeper.
Newham almost retook the lead in the 22nd minute but a close-range shot was well blocked. Moments later, Krupinski spread himself large and saved with his legs and when the ball came back to Newham they saw their shot go just wide of the left hand post.
Brent’s Kahlil Francis linked up well with Mensah but Mensah’s shot was saved. Brent's next opportunity came when Ribeiro was through on goal but was unable to control the ball due to the windy conditions; the ball ran through to the goalkeeper.
Ray Lluka saw his 20 yard effort well saved before Francis passed to Ribeiro, but once again the ball ran through to the Newham goalkeeper.
Brent took the lead in the 36th minute when Mason Spencer took a free-kick from 25 years out on the right touch line and Ribeiro got the slightest of touches to deflect the ball past the stationary Newham goalkeeper to give Brent a 2-1 lead.
Ribeiro almost extended Brent’s lead in the opening minute of the second half, shooting wide. However, Ribeiro completed the hat-trick his play deserved in the 44th minute. Once again, the striker reacted quickest to prod the loose ball home after the Newham goalkeeper was unable to hold the ball from a shot to make it 3-1.
Swaby went close for Brent in the 48th minute shooting wide before Ribeiro chased a back pass to the Newham goalkeeper and was very unfortunate to see the attempted clearance ball bounce off him and go inches wide of the Newham goal.
Brent deservedly extended their lead in the 75th minute when Swaby found Lluka in the 75th minute and his strike was well placed from the edge of the penalty area, putting his team 4-1 ahead. Francis almost made it 5 -1 when he beat two Newham defenders before hitting a shot that was well saved.
Newham pulled a goal back in the 79th minute and in the second minute of stoppage time Spencer cleared a Newham shot off the Brent goal-line to prevent Newham from getting their third and creating a scoreline which would not have been a true reflection of Brent’s dominance of the game.