Keiano Josephs catches the eye as Brent fall to narrow cup defeat
PUBLISHED: 22:00 16 October 2015
Brent Under-15s piled on the pressure but were unable to find the net as they bowed out despite dominating their cup tie against Oxford.
The home side created the bulk of the chances throughout, with winger Keiano Josephs forcing two good saves from the Oxford goalkeeper in the early stages.
With Wiktor Wachala’s clever passing causing problems for Oxford, Cai Burrows also went close as he broke from midfield for a shot that brought another stop from the keeper.
However, the tie remained scoreless at the break – and Brent were caught on the counter-attack after the restart, with keeper Kush Garara helpless as the ball sailed past him.
Oxford had to dig deep to protect their lead, with Kyle Mathews working tirelessly for the home side and Josephs marauding down the right flank to create a string of opportunities.
In an end-to-end finish, Burrows blazed wide and Odain Donaldson had a 25-yard drive saved, but the equaliser proved elusive and eventually time ran out for the Brent boys.
Brent squad: Josephs, Braithwaite (Claremont), Wachala (Ark), Donaldson, Gunar (Capital City), Selvaradsou, Kelman-Jones (Preston Manor), Garara, Ali (Kingsbury), Clarke (Newman), Lasia, Burrows, Mbete, Balekomoso, Adjei (St Gregory’s).
n Skipper Sam Logan snatched a dramatic equaliser late in extra-time – only for Brent Under-13s to suffer penalty heartbreak as they lost to Gravesham in a shoot-out.
Logan went close as Brent dominated the opening exchanges and went in front after just eight minutes, with a cracking strike from Adam Abdullah flying into the Gravesham net.
However, the goalkeeper produced several classy stops to prevent Brent increasing their lead and they were pegged back in the second half before eventually conceding an equaliser six minutes from time.
That sent the tie into extra time and the teams remained locked at 1-1 until Gravesham grabbed what looked like the winner with two minutes remaining.
Yet Logan levelled immediately, finishing off a neat passing move to make it 2-2 – but Brent’s renewed hopes were finally dashed as they went down 4-3 on penalties.
Brent manager Dean Sylvester said: “The boys should have killed the game off before half-time, but I was pleased that they showed great desire and character to come back from being down so late on.”
n A depleted Brent Under-11 girls’ side defended doggedly before a late flurry of goals sentenced them to a 5-1 defeat at Sutton.
Three players withdrew due to illness or injury the night before the game, but Brent nevertheless looked dangerous in an even first half and Susan Uwaifo was thwarted twice by the Sutton goalkeeper.
At the other end, stand-in keeper Nicole Njoku made three magnificent saves while Jada Pollendine and Lauren Thompson were outstanding in the Brent back line.
Sutton made the breakthrough just before half-time and added a second goal soon after the restart, but Brent captain Noelani Agyeman was unlucky not to reduce the deficit with two bursts from midfield.
Brent were forced to chase the game and gaps appeared in their defence, with Sutton taking advantage to score three more goals before Uwaifo netted a consolation.
Brent coach Ronan O’Rourke said: “It wasn’t a 5-1 where we were completely dominated – we were dangerous and had chances but couldn’t finish them off.”