Brent boys beat Harrow to clinch title
PUBLISHED: 16:37 02 February 2011
UNBEATEN Brent under-12s have clinched the county championship after they saw off closest challengers Harrow at John Lyon School on Saturday.
Harrow needed a win to retain any hope of wresting the Middlesex Cup from Brent’s grasp, but the visitors’ gutsy defence kept them at bay and two goals from top scorer Ricky German settled the contest.
“Winning the Middlesex cup is a great achievement and the whole squad have contributed,” said delighted Brent coach Chris Ampofo. “They have really done the borough proud.”
Captain and man of the match Isaac Paiva held the Brent back line together with strong support from Rio Beach, Adersh Patel, Walid Rashid and Noah Laignel, while goalkeeper Antwayne Plummer also put in a stellar performance.
Having weathered the early storm, Brent began to create chances of their own and went in front on 20 minutes when German broke clear and fired a shot that took a deflection into the Harrow net.
But the home side stepped up the tempo in the second half and gained their reward when they equalised following a goalmouth scramble.
Brent fought back and midfielder Obina Joshua’s 25-yarder was pushed behind but, from the resulting corner, a pacy Beach inswinger, German outjumped the Harrow defence to head in his second.
Nicolas Petri and Louis Roberts Keane came on to shore up the Brent midfield and the visitors could have made absolutely certain when German set up a chance for Oscar Green, but his curling effort rolled just wide of the post.
The champions now continue their bid for an illustrious double as they face Islington and Camden in the quarter- finals of the London Cup.
Brent Schools: Plummer (Ark Academy), Rashid (Preston Manor), Paiva (QPCS), Patel (Claremont), Beach (Kingsbury), Preston (Preston Manor), Keane (St Gregory’s), Joshua (Claremont), Miguil (Copland), Alves (QPCS), German (St Gregory’s), Pardoe (Wembley), Ibrahim (Kingsbury), Green (JFS), Laignel (QPCS), Petri (Claremont).
IKE Omodu found the net twice as Brent under-11s remained in the hunt for the Batchelor Cup with a 3-2 victory over Ealing.
Brent had lost their previous game to Harrow, but bounced back with an early goal against Ealing as Elliot Bonds (pictured top right) did the spadework and Omodu applied the finish.
Ealing equalised just before half-time, but Brent began the second half strongly and regained control of the game as Bonds set up Omodu’s second and then supplied Dylan Hickman-Singh to make it 3-1.
Brent’s man of the match Shamarke Muse and fellow full-back Dean Toddington continued to create problems on the flanks.
And although Ealing pulled back a late goal, the Brent defence, marshalled by Luke Horgan, held firm.
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