Brent win Herts Cup for the first time in their history
PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 May 2016
Brent Under-11s clinched the Bill Sanders Memorial Hertfordshire Cup for the first time in their history with a classy performance against St Albans.
Brent took the game to their opponents early on, making the most of the blustering conditions.
With just four minutes on the clock they took the lead though, with Daniel Adu-Adjei’s stunning free-kick sailing over the St Albans keeper’s head and into the back of the net.
Brent continued to push forward and were unlucky not to add to their tally, as they twice went close.
However, they weren’t too be denied for long though, as they made it 2-0 on 11 minutes.
The influential Joshua Johnson produced a moment of brilliance to execute an overhead kick of his own, which flew into the top corner from 20 yards out.
The Brent youngsters grew in confidence as the half wore on, with St Albans lucky to go into the break trailing by just two goals.
Brent coach Joe Pascoe was forced into one change at the interval, with Sean Roche replacing the injured Jhamar McDonald.
The Under-11s were in an unfamiliar position in the second half, in having to defend a lead but also having to deal with the adverse weather conditions.
St Albans had to push forward to try and get a foothold back into the game, and with 10 minutes remaining managed to pull a goal back.
The hosts now had a bit of momentum on their side, and went agonisingly close to equalising just minutes later, as a close-range effort rebounded off the post.
With the clock ticking away Brent grabbed an all-decisive third with Adu-Adjej scoring his second of the game with another smart finish.
Substitute James Otaruoh nearly made it four in the closing stages, with his shot going marginally wide of goal.
Speaking to the Times after the game Pascoe said: “This was another fantastic day for this age group and of course the Borough.
“I’m very proud of the players for their efforts.”