Brandon’s the hat-trick hero as five-star Brent book spot in last 32 of National Cup
PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 November 2017
Brent under-13s booked a place in the last 32 of the National Schools’ Cup with a stunning 5-1 win at Portsmouth.
They came under early pressure, but had their first shot on goal after five minutes when Dionte Williams was just off-target.
The visitors then applied some pressure of their own and Josiah Thompson saw his free-kick well saved by the Portsmouth keeper.
Tashaun Redhead cut out a home attack to set up Albi Alexander, who fired wide after beating two defenders, but Brent had a let-off when Holly Davis missed for the hosts.
Naythan Bryson then saw his goal kick intercepted by Joe Moore, whose lob went narrowly wide, before Brent’s Jhamar McDonald produced a fine run but saw his cross evade Brandon Njoku.
Bradley Morrison produced a superb goalline clearance to deny the home side and Brent opened the scoring as Theo Alexandrou saw his shot parried by Oliver Smith and Njoku reacted quickest to convert the loose ball.
Brent doubled their lead when Alexandrou linked up well with Njoku, who used his pace to score, and Dionte Smith went close to a third, but was denied by his namesake in the home goal.
It was 3-0 on the stroke of half time, though, as Alexandrou saw another shot saved and Njoku latched on to the rebound to complete his hat-trick.
Portsmouth made a strong start to the second half, but Brent had the first chance as Njoku forced Smith to save once more.
Alexandrou then rattled the crossbar from 30 yards, while Joe Moore missed for the home side, and it was 4-0 when McDonald and Njoku combined to set up Smith to score left-footed.
Smith returned the favour soon after, intercepting a stray pass and combining with Njoku who set up McDonald for the fifth Brent goal of the game.
And although Portsmouth managed to score a late consolation through Davis, there was no denying Brent the win and a trip to South London in the next round.
Brent: Naythan Bryson, Brandon Njoku, Josiah Thompson, Theo Alexandrou, Dillon Williams, Stanley Willis, Tashaun Redhead, Albi Alexander, Dion Qamili, Dionte Smith, Rafi Amblin, Jhamar McDonald, Kai Speid, Morgan Gborie, Ahmed Al Abdul Rasoul, Bradley Morrison, Mel De Tour, Schadrac Kweme.