Brent’s Under-13 girls’ squad came out on top in their top of the table clash against Regents Park.
In an excellent advert for girls football, Brent eventually ran out 4-0 winners in a hard-fought game at Regents Park.
Brent’s leading scorer Scout Waddington gave Brent the lead, collecting a pass from debutante Maddie Muir, then sprinting past the defence and firing past the goalkeeper .
The second goal – arguably the ‘goal of the game’ – came from an out-swinging corner from Chloe O’Donoghue which Brianna John-Etiko volleyed into the top corner.
Regents Park rallied and went on the counter-attack, but good work from Sophie Kew and Keely Dibley-Dias broke up the attack and started the move which led to the third goal.
The ball was worked to Maya Rosenberg on the wing, whose inch perfect pass found John-Etiko who calmly drove the ball beyond the ‘keeper.
Brent’s passing game was making it hard for their opponents to gain possession but was helping them to build attacks. One excellent chance came when Lizzy Ulusele fed the ball to Laiba Mir for a neat interchange with Apolonia Margetson, who released Muir on the left wing. Muir’s pace took her past the defence, but the ‘keeper saved to deny her what would have been a well-deserved goal. Muir caused Regents Park all sorts of problems with darting runs down the left flank, but the final goal came when keeper Milly-May Blue’s quick thinking and throw out released Dibley-Dias who found Waddington in midfield. Her pass found Brianna John-Etiko on the edge of the box and she completed her hat-trick with a thunderous shot which ricochet into the goal off the far post.
Brent coach Kjell Sung said afterwards: "The team started quickly and their passing and movement was excellent. Congratulations to both teams on a very competitive game".
Brent squad: Sophie Kew, Chloe O'Donoghue , Maya Rosenberg, Elizabeth Ulusele, Apolonia Margetson Laiba Mir, Scout Waddington (capt), Milly May Blue, Keely Dibley-Dias, Maddie Muir, Brianna John-Etiko.
Brent U13 girls have a road trip next as they face Risden Wood Girls in Harlow on 19 October away in the first round of the Capital Girls Cup.
Brent Under-12 Girls 4-2 Tufnell Park
Brent started this friendly very well. putting lots of pressure on Tufnell Park. Brent took the lead when Kate Fox pounced on a rebound from a shot by Olivia Henry and blasted the ball into the top corner . Brent dominated possession but could not extend their lead.
However, after 20 minutes, their pressure paid off; a fantastic through ball from Pele Fakahau to Henry enabled the striker to shoot into the bottom left corner of the goal. Henry then turned provider for the third goal when she sent a superb cross into the box for Georgie Stone to coolly slot home.
Tufnell Park came back strongly in the second half. A tactical shift saw them play almost everyone behind the ball which made it harder for Brent to break them down. At the same time, Tufnell Park were proving dangerous on the counter-attack and scored twice in quick succession to come back into the game. However, Brent held their nerve and Olivia Henry scored minutes from the end to seal the 4-2 win.
Brent coach Patricia Taylor commented that "I was very pleased with the way we played and proud of the girls for putting in a good shift."
Elsewhere, Brent’s Under-11 girls (pictured) played well in only their second competitive game but were beaten 2-0 by LSS and the Under-12 boys’ good run came to an end, going down 8-1 at home to title favourites Haringey in the Watkin Cup.
The Middlesex Schools’ FA’s Under-14 girls squad won 3-1 at home to Kent in an exciting South East England league match. Brent’s Chloe O' Donoghue made her debut for the county coming on as a substitute.
The Under-16 Girls’ representative team also triumphed, defeating Kent 3-0 to give Middlesex the ‘double’ in matches played at the new Middlesex FA Headquarters at Rectory Park in Northolt.
Brent Schools’ Football Association wishes to congratulate Fatima Hussein on winning the UEFA Best Grassroots Leader Award. The 19-year-old student scooped the European award after winning the Bobby Moore Award at the 2018 FA Grassroots Football Awards for her work with BSFA and Capital City Academy.
Writing on TheFA.com, Fatima commented “I’m so proud to win the Best Grassroots Leader award this year and hope I can continue to inspire other young girls to follow in my footsteps.
“As a young Muslim woman, I have faced a lot of challenges to get to this point so it’s amazing to be recognised for both my coaching and volunteering.
“The award itself is for leadership, specifically around my work with Sport at the Heart. To be honest, the whole team there deserve an award. We’ve all worked so hard to increase grassroots participation, especially among young girls from the Brent area.
“I coached various football camps over the summer at Roundwood Leisure Centre and the turnout was amazing. I think that’s down to the FA’s investment and support in women’s football and also the buzz of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“A few years ago, we’d struggle to get ten girls to the football camp each day, but over the summer we had around 100. It was always full.”
Talking about how she connects with the girls she coaches, Fatima wrote: “I think the girls trust me because they see I’m just like them, and a good leader definitely has to be relatable. I am always telling them how football saved my life and that’s really no exaggeration.
“When I was a teenager, I was a problem child. My parents wanted me to wear the hijab, go to school, come home, do my homework and go to bed. I wasn’t allowed to play football, so I rebelled in most areas.
“Firstly, I used to pretend to have a job, but secretly still play football. I didn’t like sneaking around, but I couldn’t abandon my passion.
“Football was also a release. School was a struggle back then because I had big trouble with reading English. I remember in class one day my teacher asked me to read a paragraph from a book and I just couldn’t. All the other kids started laughing and I reacted by starting a fight in the classroom.
“From that point onwards, my teacher took me under her wing. She gave me one-on-one tuition at lunch and talked to my mum almost every day. That was when I started to see the impact leaders can have.
“I was also inspired when our school brought down a coach from Queens Park Rangers. He took me to the stadium and eventually started me on my coaching path. I went on to play for QPR as a right winger and hope to turn professional one day.”
However, any ambitions of playing the game for a living will have to wait; Fatima is currently reading Sports Science at Loughborough University and combining her studies with representing Loughborough in both eleven-a-side football and Futsal.
Fatima is a great example to the young people of Brent, whether they are girls or boys. Her coaching journey – both with BSFA and Sport at the Heart – has created life-changing opportunities for her. We are proud to have played a part in that process and wish Fatima every success whilst simultaneously spreading the message that Brent is full of young people who deserve the chance to achieve their full potential.