Brent bounce back to beat South London in cup final
PUBLISHED: 16:56 05 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:56 05 June 2013
Brent under-15s shrugged off the disappointment of their defeat in a national knockout final to beat South London 3-1 and lift the London Schools Cup at Vale Farm.
The Brent boys, who had lost 3-0 to Bradford in the English Schools Cup final a fortnight earlier, made amends in a hard-fought tussle for the London trophy.
Although the visitors went close early on, Courtney Austin gave Brent the lead on 20 minutes, running onto Kevin Holden’s ball over the top and holding off his marker to slot the ball home.
South London had a goal ruled out for a foul before the home side doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time, with Alvin Walters heading in a corner at the near post.
Brent goalkeeper Shavez Khan made a fine save early in the second half, back-pedalling to push a dipping volley over the bar as his side withstood a spell of pressure.
The impressive Gianni Crichlow set up Austin, who was foiled by a last-ditch challenge, and South London then halved the deficit when the home defence failed to deal with a cross from the right.
But Brent regained their two-goal cushion with 15 minutes remaining as Christian Owusu played a pass through for Crichlow, who confidently slid his finish beyond the goalkeeper.
Austin could have made the game safe, firing over after good work from Crichlow, but it made no difference to the outcome as Brent held on to claim the trophy – which has been contested since 1892 and is the oldest in district football.
“As long as we got our football right and got our tempo right, I knew we’d get a result,” said Brent manager Keith Young. “South London are a very good side and I have to give them credit because they kept pressing.
“I’m very pleased with the boys and the character they showed – the way they bounced back from the English Schools final was fantastic. It’s been a great season for us.
“My thanks to Brent Schools, my assistant William Wright, and also to Wembley FC for letting us play the final on their pitch.”
Former Brent Schools star Tanasheh Abrahams is on the shortlist for South Africa’s goal of the season after his powerful strike for Mamelodi Sundowns.
Abrahams, who was a student at Queen’s Park Community School and is on loan to the South African side from Barnet, won the goal of the month competition after netting at a blistering 112 miles per hour.
The youngster, who played alongside Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling in the Brent side that won gold at the London Youth Games football tournament in 2009, has now been nominated for goal of the season.
Brent coach Chris Ampofo said: “Tanasheh is a great lad and a great athlete with a terrific shot. Everyone talks about Raheem but Tanasheh is one to watch.
“If he can keep progressing he should be knocking on the door of the first team.”
A hastily-assembled Brent under-11 girls team found their feet straight away to take the runners-up spot in a district seven-a-side tournament held at Chase Lodge.
The Brent girls (pictured) had never previously played together and, despite having no substitutes available, they claimed second place in the competition, which also involved Camden, Islington, Bexley and Barking.
Goalkeeper Shadiya Monojir (Gladstone Park) was named player of the tournament for her position, while Kasey Clifford (Brentfield) and Millie Glover (Uxendon Manor) both scored goals.
Zoe Allen (Oakington Manor), Tiyanna Lewis and Monique Hart (both Leopold) and Octavia Patel (Uxendon Manor) completed the Brent side, who lost just once – to a last-minute goal against Bexley.