Ark Academy pair shine for Brent

PUBLISHED: 17:35 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 17:35 16 February 2011

Isaac Paiva and Brandon Ramsey

Isaac Paiva and Brandon Ramsey


ARK Academy duo Brandon Ramsey and Kyle Edwards both impressed on their district debuts as Brent under-12s overcame Wycombe in a high-scoring friendly.

The pair both featured in a match played over three segments of 20 minutes as Brent took the chance to experiment ahead of next weekend’s London Cup semi-final against Hackney.

They had to make an enforced change after first-choice goalkeeper Antwayne Plummer withdrew through injury and centre-back Adersh Patel volunteered to take his place.

But the expected onslaught never came as Brent made a magnificent start, with Kester Pardoe playing Shaquille Preston in to slot the opening goal after two minutes.

Preston turned provider only two minutes later, setting up Ricky German to make it 2-0, and German returned the compliment for Preston to score Brent’s third.

The latter pair combined again for German to drill home from close range, but Brent were forced to make further changes in the second period as defenders Walid Rashid and Noah Laignel both went off injured.

Wycombe took advantage to pull a goal back and they reduced the deficit further in the third period after German took over the keeper’s gloves.

Substitute Kingsley Eshun got Brent back on track, though, starting the move that led to him dribbling through to make it 5-2 before Wycombe netted a late consolation.

Brent assistant coach Paul O’Connor said: “That was a wonderful performance – great passing and movement, good debuts from Kyle and Brandon, and Louis Roberts-Keane was outstanding.”

Brent Schools: Patel (Claremont), Rashid, Preston (Preston Manor), Paiva, Alves, Laignel (QPCS) Roberts-Keane, German, Amoah (St Gregory’s), Green (JFS), Pardoe (Wembley), Eshun, Kashane Edwards (Capital City), Ramsey, Edwards (Ark Academy).

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