Brent schools’ football round-up: Abraham screamer sinks Hillingdon

PUBLISHED: 17:31 02 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:31 02 October 2013

Sami Abraham

Sami Abraham


Brent Under-15s swept aside a strong Hillingdon team with a dominant second-half performance capped by Sami Abraham’s fifth goal in two games.

Abraham opened the scoring with a fearsome 35-yard strike before Earron Calder tapped in following Luke Galvin’s mazy run and shot – and the 2-0 scoreline could have been even greater, but for the referee ruling out a further three goals.

“The team are improving technically,” said Brent coach Duncan MacDowall. “They showed spirit, commitment and finesse, and as coaches we couldn’t ask for more.”

Brent: Awuku (Kingsbury High), Levigne (QPCS), Boeteng (Kingsbury), Seraphin Whyte (Ark Academy), Reid (Ark Academy), Galvin (Capital City), Plummer (Ark Academy), Mambo (QPCS), Edwards (Capital City), Abraham (Kingsbury), Alves (QPCS), Calder (Preston Manor), Sonka (Capital City).

A wonder-strike from Shaquille Ismael helped Brent Under-14s overturn a half-time deficit and maintain their winning start to the season with a 2-1 win over Hillingdon.

After conceding from a corner in the first half, it took a tactical switch to turn the game in Brent’s favour, with Sharmarke Muse moving from right-back into the centre of midfield to allow Ismeal a greater creative freedom.

And Ismael’s second-half display was rewarded with a spectacular strike as he chested the ball down outside the area before volleying in to level the score.

Now in the ascendency, Brent continued to press and sealed the win when Harry Russell exchanged a one-two with Rory Carlson and deftly lofted the ball over the stranded keeper.

Hillingdon controversially took advantage of a head injury to home goalkeeper Kush Garara to take the lead and set the tone for a frustrating defeat for Brent Under-13s.

After an even opening, Garara dived to collect a driven cross but collided with an oncoming striker, who tapped in the resulting loose ball – but the incident was overlooked by the referee.

Full-back Jack Gorman replaced the injured Garara in goal and, despite several fine saves, Hillingdon doubled their advantage with a long-range effort before stretching their lead before the break.

Amari Ofusu Newman from Ark Academy was introduced after the restart and volleyed in from a corner to reduce the deficit, while Keiano Josephs went close to narrowing the score, but Hillingdon wrapped up the win with a decisive fourth goal.

Brent: Matthews, Ayre (Wembley) Josephs (Claremont), Weekes, Adjei, Tobino, Burrows (St Gregory’s), Tate, Newman (Ark Academy), Donaldson, Krasniqi, Gorman (Capital City), Garara (Kingsbury), Edmonds, Dallmeyer (QPCS).

Brent Under-12s paid the price for failing to make the most of their early opportunities as they were resoundingly beaten 5-0 by a potent Hillingdon side.

Sahr Dugba twice went close in the opening moments before Dominic D’Souza struck the crossbar from a 25-yard free-kick, but Brent were then undone at the other end in the 22nd minute.

Hillingdon opened the scoring against the run of play with a drive from just outside the box, and they doubled their advantage just before the break.

Brent started the second half well but failed to learn their lesson and they were again punished for their wastefulness.

Hillingdon stretched their lead to 4-0 before a solo run and finish condemned Brent to an emphatic defeat.

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