German lesson for Barnet kids as Brent march on
RICKY German grabbed his third consecutive hat-trick to help Brent under-12s extend their unbeaten run with a comprehensive 5-2 win over Barnet.
The match was the second time the two local rivals had been pitted against each other and, with their 7-0 win from the previous encounter still fresh in their minds, it was Brent who began in confident fashion.
Brent kept the ball for 13 consecutive passes from kick-off, and it wasn’t long before their early dominance paid off, with St Gregory’s star German seeing his shot deflected high over the helpless Barnet keeper.
Brent keeper Antwayne Plummer then repelled three successive attacks, and that paved the way for Shaquille Preston to turn in a cross from Mohamed Maguil for 2-0.
Barnet did at least get on the scoresheet with a breakaway goal, only for German to nod in again from a perfectly-placed Rio Beach corner.
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Brent made changes at the break, with Adersh Patel and Walid Rashid coming on, and both made telling contributions.
Barnet pulled another goal back, but a sweet finish from Vinicius Alves restored the two-goal advantage, and German made no mistake moments later to complete his treble.
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Brent assistant coach Paul O’Connor said: “There is a great team spirit here and the players work very hard for each other. The effort put in at training is paying off as we are improving. The lads played some good football and deserved the win.”
Brent Squad: Antwayne Plummer (Ark Academy) John Seraphin-Whyte (Ark) Isaac Paiva (QPCS) Kester Pardoe (Wembley-capt) Rio Beach (Kingsbury) Shaquille Preston (Preston Manor) Nicholas Petri (Claremont) Obina Joshua (Claremont) Mohamed Miguil (Copeland) Vinicius Alves (QPCS) Ricky German (St Gregorys) , Adersh Patel (Claremont) Walid Rashid (Preston Manor) Louis Robert Keane (St Gregorys) Henoc Manitou (St Gregorys) Kyle Aubrey. (St Gregorys) .
n KRAIG McLeod sent Brent under-11s through to the second round of the Crisp Shield – but Ike Omodu was the hero with a four-goal salvo against Islington Schools.
Omodu almost single-handedly carried Brent to a penalty shoot-out, hitting three goals in the first half after the home side had taken the lead early on.
Islington came out fighting in the second half, and struck twice to tie the match up at 3-3, but Omodu grabbed his fourth to restore the lead, slotting home after a cross from Mickel Platt. Islington snatched a last-gasp leveller and, after no further goals, it was left to Dylan Hickman-Singh, Henry Marku, Omodu and Platt to net Brent’s first four.
That left McLeod with the the crucial fifth kick, and he responded by cracking a thunderous shot into the top corner.
Brent under-11s: Oriakhi (St Joseph’s), Marku (Park Lane), Horgan (St Mary Magdalen’s), McLeod (Fryent), Toddington (Malorees), Gayle (Mount Stewart), Lee (St Andrew & St Francis), Platt (St Andrew & St Francis), Constantinou (Byron Court), Hickman-Singh (Malorees), Omodu (St Joseph’s), El-Sayed (Malorees), Silva (Our Lady of Lourdes), Corcoran (Our Lady of Lourdes), Thompson-Davies (Northview), Strzala (St Maragret Clitherow).