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Youth Football: Brent boys thrash Camden & Islington rivals, as girls team play first ever match

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 October 2017

Brent under-14 boys face the camera (pic: Stephen Toddington)

Brent under-14 boys face the camera (pic: Stephen Toddington)

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Brent under-14 boys recovered from a defeat to Barnet last weekend to smash Camden & Islington District 5-1 on Saturday.

Brent girls football team face the camera (pic: Brent Schools' FA) Brent girls football team face the camera (pic: Brent Schools' FA)

Local schools Kingsbury High, Queens Park Community School, Saint Gregory’s Science College, Marylebone Boys School, Michaela Community School, Ark Academy and Ark Elvin all had students in the squad.

The Brent boys took the lead in the 16th minute when Romario Rowe headed home an inviting corner from Mamadou Diallo.

With 12 minutes left in the first half, the hosts doubled their lead when Jamian Russell’s shot was parried into the path of Tyrese Okello, who calmly finished.

Brent, however, conceded a long-range goal just before the break as they went into the interval leading 2-1.

In the 59th minute, though, Brent restored their two-goal lead when man of the match Jamie Alcantata-Sacopon found the target following a swift counter attack.

Brent’s fourth was another fine team goal, with Russell scoring at the end of it to extend the hosts’ lead.

The youngsters saved the best goal to last, when Malikai Ekpenyong curled one into the net after a strong run from midfield.

“I am very pleased that the boys reacted after last weeks defeat,” said manager Kim James.

“They showed a togetherness and team spirit and should be very proud of all their performances.”

Brent: Taylor, Wall, Rose, Williams, Alcantata-Sacopon, Desmond, Ekpenyong, Rus, Diallo, Valderrama, Russell, Stewart, Kabala, Okello, Zemmouri.

Brent girls were also in action over the weekend as they took part in a mini competition hosted by London Bees ahead of their WSL 2 clash with Spurs Ladies.

The new Brent team, developed from the Brent Wildcast sessions held as part of an FA initiative, were playing their first competitive games against a strong Watford side.

Brent lost the opening game 3-1, with Giuseppina Carnevale scoring, but adjusted well to the pace of the game to draw the second 1-1, with Molly O’Connor on target for the borough in their second match at he Bess’ home, The Hive.

“The girls showed fantastic battling spirit. They really worked as a team. I am very proud of them,” said team manager Olivia Pascoe.

Brent: Shafi, Kennedy, Carnevale, Ulusele, Muir, Easterby, Ampofo, O’ Connor.

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