Brent Under-11s romp to cup victory with Daniel Adu-Adjei netting hat-trick
PUBLISHED: 16:32 04 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:43 04 February 2016
The state of youth football in Brent continues to go from strength to strength as two age groups in the borough recorded empathic victories at the weekend.
The Under-11s made a great start to their journey in the Lester Finch Trophy by recording a stunning victory over Barking.
Brent came flying out of the traps, finding themselves two goals up within just four minutes thanks to a brace from the impressive Daniel Adu-Adjei.
They could have been further out of sight had it not been for some great saves from the Barking goalkeeper, which kept the game competitive in the early stages.
Barking were then handed a lifeline just before half-time as they were awarded a penalty, which was successfully dispatched to reduce the deficit.
Brent could have let their heads drop as the extent of their dominance was not reflected in the scoreline but coach Joe Pascoe responded by making a couple of changes at the break, which included a debut for Harvey Araujo.
The Wembley Primary School prospect had an immediate impact, scoring within just a minute of coming on and he netted his second shortly afterwards.
Araujo continued to torment Barking, this time beating a defender and crossing for Adu-Adjei to complete his hat-trick.
Further goals from the ever impressive Joshua Johnson and Jhamar McDonald completed the rout and sent a message of intent to the other teams in the competition.
After the game Pascoe told the Times: “It was another excellent performance by the Brent boys and this result shows that all the effort they have been putting in is paying off. We’re all really delighted.”
Meanwhile, in their first game of 2016, Brent Under-16s proved their title credentials after producing a breathtaking performance to beat Haringey 11-0.
Brent played some lovely, intricate football in the first half, which was a pleasure to watch and sailed into a 3-0 lead thanks to a double from Zac Granger Smith and an effort from Bruno Khan.
Brent then turned the screw up in the second half, as first Lamar Newby netted a quick brace before Sam Langan scored with an incredible effort from all of 30 yards.
Adam Abdullah made it seven and then Kieron Lake-Brian set up Pyerre Clarke to tap in, before scoring himself.
Granger Smith completed his hat-trick, his third of the season, to make it 10 as the hosts continued to run riot.
The impressive Lorcan Barnet, more familiar with defending, was also pushed up front towards the end of the match and scored a brilliant solo goal to cap off an incredible performance from Brent.
Brent Under-13 coach Dean Sylvester heaped praise on his side after the game, saying: “Our aim is to win the league this year and if we continue to play this kind of football no one will be able to cope with us.
“The football is amazing to watch and it goes without saying that the boys did me proud.”