Brent ace nets double as Middlesex progress to quarter-finals of Cup
PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 January 2016
Brent’s Dominic D’Souza bagged a brace to help Middlesex Under-14’s record a 4-2 victory against Cornwall and advance to the quarter-finals of the England Schools FA County Cup.
Middlesex, who included no less than 13 players originating from the borough of Brent, produced a fine display in Penzance to run out eventual winners.
It did not take long for Middlesex to get on the scoresheet as Kyle Wilson gave the visitors the lead after just six minutes.
Wilson’s 25-yard effort sailed into the top right hand corner of the goal, as Middlesex took a well-deserved early lead.
Cornwall mounted their first meaningful attack shortly afterwards, but to no avail and D’Souza had a header cleared off the line, a warning sign of what was to come.
The deadly D’Souza would not be denied for much longer, though and after 19 minutes, a Kyle Lake-Bryan corner was eventually poked home by the lively striker from close range to double Middlesex’s lead.
The visitors were threatening to run away with the game, but after Felix Amoah and Drillon Krasniqi went close, they were typically punished.
Just three minutes before half-time Cornwall were granted a lifeline, scoring a screamer from well outside the Middlesex penalty area to halve the deficit.
The second half was a much more open affair, with Cornwall displaying more confidence and they almost took the lead on 49 minutes, but were foiled by a great save from Middlesex stopper Ethan Grubb.
The Middlesex lead was soon cancelled out, however, as slack defending and pressing allowed Cornwall to slot in an equaliser from just six yards out.
Cornwall threatened to go on to win the game but solid performances from defensive duo Luke Massingham and Ronnie Heath allowed Middlesex to soak up their opponents’ attacks.
The pair were rewarded for their efforts as Amoah was allowed to cut in from the right wing and unleash a shot which found the bottom left corner to restore Middlesex’s lead.
And they made sure of the win just three minutes from time as Queens Park’s D’Souza notched his second of the day.
After picking up the ball and showing great strength to hold off a defender, D’Souza hit a wonderful left-footed strike to secure an impressive win for Middlesex.
They face Bedfordshire away in the last eight of the competition.
After completing an 11 hour-round trip, manager Keith ‘Gussy’ Young and assistant boss William Wright expressed their delight to the Times, saying: “It was a fantastic victory for the boys and a well deserved one.
“We are very proud of the way our boys represented themselves and Middlesex.
“It was a long and hard journey to Cornwall but we stuck together and got our reward in the end.”
Brent squad: Louie Adedeji (Kingsbury High), Felix Amoah (St Gregory’s), Drilon Krasniqi (Capital City Academy), Qasim Khan (Harrow High), Eiza Azab (Greenford High), Dominic D’Souza (Queen’s Park), Mason Spencer (Wembley High), Kyle Oyutode Wilson (Cardinal Wiseman), Ethan Grubb (Bishopshalt), Ronnie Heath (Stockley Academy), Luke Massingham (Ruislip High), Tommy Lahti (Newman Catholic), Kyle Lake Bryan (Queen’s Park).