Callender inspires Brent fightback in friendly

PUBLISHED: 11:16 07 November 2012

Damani Ayre and Michael Adjei

Damani Ayre and Michael Adjei


Claremont midfielder Khaliq Callender helped to set up both goals as Brent under-12s came from behind to beat St Joseph’s 2-1 in a friendly at Barnet FC’s Hive training ground.

St Joseph’s started brightly and took the lead after 10 minutes, but Brent regrouped and centre-backs Michael Adjei and Karan Patel held firm to foil further attacks.

Linking up well with debutant Delgardo Smith, Callender was at the heart of Brent’s best moves and the equaliser arrived when he released Damani Ayre, who set up Smith to rifle into the net.

St Joseph’s fought back and Adjei made a goal-line clearance to keep the score level, while debutant goalkeeper Nathan Barnard pulled off a reflex stop at point-blank range.

The introduction of Joshua Plummer increased Brent’s attacking threat and they carved out a winner with five minutes left when Callender skipped past two defenders and slid the ball through for Ayre to smash home.

Brent coach Ger Ampofo said: “The team worked really hard for each other – they passed well and showed great spirit coming back against a good side.”

Kane Clarke grabbed a hat-trick as AFC Wembley under-12s routed Headstone Manor B 15-1 in the Harrow Youth League Cup.

Shakur Farah opened the scoring and Clarke made it 2-0 before setting up Farah for his second, then finding the net again himself with a drive from outside the box.

Richy Azowenu and Jaevon Braithwaite were both on target to make it 6-0 at half-time, and there was no let-up after the break as Elijah Carter, Jelani Inyama and Elgi Mbete-Mayonita all netted.

Carter’s second took AFCW into double figures and, although Manor pulled a goal back, Ezeani Inyama made it 11-1 before Clarke completed his hat-trick.

Azowenu and Jelani Inyama both scored again and Renell Scott headed in the 15th goal for AFCW – whose B team also enjoyed a big win as they beat Harrow St Mary’s 8-0 in the league.

Cameron Henry scored a brace, while Javell Simpson, Tyrique Rickets, Milan Sutherland, Amin Mohamed, Daniel Coboc and Wesley Tobino were also on target.

AFCW under-13s hammered Brunswick 10-2, while the under-16s beat North Greenford United 4-2 and the under-11 B team overcame Brentham Colts 1-0.

Hendon under-15s finally picked up their first points in the Eastern Junior Alliance as they beat Ryan FC 2-0 at Cheshunt.

The Greens looked stronger in defence and that boosted confidence further up the pitch as Domenico Contino gave them the lead 10 minutes before half-time.

Hendon maintained their rhythm after the break and Runako Connell netted their second on 65 minutes to secure a long-overdue league victory.

Youth development officer Alan Rolnick said: “Our passion and commitment levels were much better. It was a real team effort.”

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