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Youth Football: Brent under-11 girls come close to beating leaders Croydon

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 March 2018

Brent under-11 girls' football team face the camera (pic: Brent Schools' FA)

Brent under-11 girls' football team face the camera (pic: Brent Schools' FA)

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Capital City Academy League: Brent under-11 girls 2 Croydon under-11 girls 3

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

Brent under-11 girls gave their best performance of the season, but still suffered a 3-2 loss to unbeaten Croydon in the Capital City Academy League.

Brent started brightly, with Giuseppina Carnevale dribbling past two defenders, before her fierce shot was well saved.

Croydon then went on the attack, but the solid Brent defence of Sophie Kew and Keely Dibley-Dias combined well to break up several attacks.

Keeper Milly-May Blue made a superb reflex save, but Croydon took the lead when nudging the ball home in a goalmouth scramble that followed

The strong Croydon team started to get the upper hand and extended their lead after 20 minutes with a well-worked goal that gave Blue no chance.

Brent introduced Maya Rosenberg, who made an instant impact, tenaciously tackling and winning the ball in midfield.

Rosenberg gave the ball to Carnevale whose perfect pass found Scout Waddington to fire into the net to make it 2-1.

Buoyed by the goal, Brent started stronger in the second half, with Waddington teeing up Laibha Mir to level the scores.

Croydon had only conceded one goal all season, but were visibly rattled by the relentless pressing and tackling of Brent.

However, Brent were dealt a cruel blow as Croydon found a late winner, but coach Chris Ampofo insists they can hold their heads high, saying: “The team are improving individually and as a team every game. They were absolutely immense. They can take confidence from the game as they showed they can compete against anyone.”

Brent: Carnevale, Dibley-Dias, Kew, Margetson, Rosenberg, Waddington, Mir, Nathanial, Silva, Blue.

*Princess Frederica girls booked a place in the Brent Cup semi-finals after a penalty shootout win over Byron Court.

After the match ended goalless, Princess Frederica held their nerve to progress and they will now meet Sinai in the semi-finals, with St Southwell and Malories meeting in the other tie.

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