Brent Girls end the year in style as they end table toppers Hendon’s unbeaten record
PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 December 2015
Brent Girls Under-12s ended 2015 on a positive note as they secured their first win of the season – ending Hendon’s unbeaten record in the process.
In a fiercely contested affair it was Brent’s desire and passion that got them over the line, as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on the league leaders.
It was the hosts that started the brighter, though, with Brent keeper Ciara O’Rourke called into action on several occasions, while player of the match Jessica Kwayie made a series of crucial interceptions and blocks to keep the scoreline goalless.
Brent withstood all the early pressure, with their pace on the counter attack and swift off the ball movement causing problems for their opposition.
Therefore it came as no surprise when they took the lead before the half-time interval. Susan Uwaifo showed great desire and awareness to get on the end of a ball from team-mate Emillie Driscoll-Mooney before the onrushing Hendon goalkeeper in the penalty box, acrobatically stabbing the ball into the net to put Brent ahead.
The visitors changed things around at half-time, most notably with the powerful Noelani Agyeman replacing O’Rourke in goal. And her impact was clear for all to see, making a crucial one-on-one save before palming away two stinging long-range drives.
That was as good as it got for Hendon though, as Brent eventually saw out of the game quite comfortably.
Yet again the visitors had Uwaifo to thank as she doubled their advantage soon afterwards. Kwayie gained possession in a dangerous position and played the ball forward to Jada Pollendine, who in turn forward Uwaifo with a precise pass.
She sprinted past the Hendon back line with ease, producing a stunning strike as the ball found the bottom corner, putting Brent all but out of sight with 15 minutes remaining.
Uwaifo went agonisingly close to completing a hat-trick late on but the Hendon keeper produced a smart save, as the game ended 2-0 in Brent’s favour.
Brent coach Ronan O’Rourke said on the win: “This was all about belief and trust in each other. It’s the perfect way to end a monumental year for girls’ football in Brent.”