Brent's long unbeaten run is ended by Barnet
PUBLISHED: 16:04 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:04 07 October 2015
Brent Schools Under-14s' lengthy unbeaten league record was brought to an end as they went down 3-1 at Barnet in their opening match of the campaign.
The home side started strongly, producing several attempts at goal in the first 10 minutes and Brent – who went through the whole of last season without defeat – were indebted to some fine saves from keeper David Krupinski.
Felix Amoah went close to putting the visitors in front soon afterwards when he cut in from the right and smacked a drive against the underside of the crossbar.
That signalled the beginning of a bright spell for Brent, with chances for Dominic D’Souza, Drillon Krasniqi and Priyesh Bava, although the game remained scoreless at half-time.
And the visitors were struck by a double blow at the start of the second period, with Barnet scrambling the ball over the line from close range and then scoring again almost immediately with a header from a corner.
Brent had to regroup, but they were handed a lifeline when the home side conceded a penalty and Ray Lluka converted the spot-kick to make it 2-1.
However, Brent’s hopes of a comeback were dashed just four minutes later when Barnet scored their third goal with a shot from just outside the penalty area.
“We started off well but I was a bit disappointed in parts of our game and how we conceded our goals,” said Brent manager Keith Young. “It’s something we have to work on in training.”
A trio of superb stops from goalkeeper Ephraim Lisk were not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat for Brent Under-13s in their Middlesex Cup clash at home to Barnet.
Although Brent dominated the opening 15 minutes, they were unable to find the back of the net and, despite Lisk’s heroics, Barnet snatched the lead with a scorcher on the stroke of half-time.
Lisk got his hand to a similar strike just after the break, but could not keep it out and Brent suddenly found themselves 2-0 down.
They rallied, however, and hit the woodwork three times before centre-forward Sam Langan was played through to slot past the Barnet keeper in a one on one, but the equaliser proved elusive.
Brent coach Dean Sylvester said: “This is a talented group. If they continue to work hard in training, they will improve as individuals and as a team.”
Brent’s newly-formed Under-12 side showed signs of promise despite beginning the campaign with a 3-1 defeat away to Barnet.