Brent beaten, but friendship is the winner
PUBLISHED: 10:56 06 April 2011
OLD friends were reunited as Brent under-12s went down 2-1 to Coventry City boys in the inaugural Friendship Shield match.
The game, played at the Copsewood ground in Coventry, was arranged in honour of two stalwarts of schools’ football – Coventry-born former Brent district chairman and coach John Woodfield and his friend and counterpart in the West Midlands, Jeff Chatwin.
Woodfield, whose involvement with Brent football spanned 36 years, led the borough to London Cup success in 1977 with a squad including three members of the current Brent Schools coaching team – Chris Ampofo, Paul O’Connor and Duncan MacDowall.
Brent began well as Oscar Green collected a Brandon Ramsey pass and rounded the Coventry goalkeeper to slot in, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Walid Rashid then set up Kyle Edwards, who fired just wide, but the home side found their feet and broke the deadlock with a neat finish.
Ramsey’s powerful effort was then tipped wide and, although Brent went in trailing at the break, they soon levelled as substitute Shaquille Preston slotted in from eight yards.
It was Coventry who snatched the decisive goal, however, with an unstoppable drive from 20 yards giving the keeper no chance.
Brent coach MacDowell said: “It still rings true, the altruistic quote that John Woodfield gave us to describe his footballing ethos, stating that he was in the business of‘providing football for boys and not boys for football.
“As coaches we all hope we live up to it. Thank you John, thank you Jeff, and thank you Coventry for a wonderful day.”
Brent squad: Plummer, Ramsey, K Edwards (Ark Academy), Eshun (Capital City), Patel (Claremont ), Green (JFS), Beach (Kingsbury), Preston, Rashid (Preston Manor), Robert-Keane, Amoah, German, Trivino, Aubrey (St Gregory’s), Alves, Laignel, Paiva (QPCS).
IKE Omodu hit the woodwork twice as Brent under-11s were beaten 1-0 at Ealing and finished as runners-up in the Middlesex League.
Brent began strongly, with Mickel Platt and Jordan Lee dominating the midfield, but they were caught out by an Ealing counter-attack that led to a defensive mix-up in the 10th minute.
Platt and Kraig Mcleod both tested the Ealing goalkeeper from distance, while Omodu struck the crossbar following a goalmouth scramble.
Two outstanding saves from goalkeeper Suhail El-Sahib kept Brent’s chances alive and they nearly salvaged a draw when Omodu’s effort shaved a post in the dying minutes.
Brent squad: El-Sahib (Malorees), Shamarke (Salusbury), Horgan (St Mary Magdalen’s), Mcleod (Fryent), Ledgister (Preston Park), Strzala (St Margaret Clitherow), Lee (St Andrew & St Francis), Platt (St Andrew & St Francis), Silva (Our Lady of Lourdes), Bonds (Oakington Manor), Gayle (Mount Stewart), Armstrong (St Joseph’s), Marku (Park Lane), Omodu (St Joseph’s), Toddington (Malorees).
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