London smothered by expanding Forest
PUBLISHED: 18:07 07 December 2011
Deandre Johnson grabbed a hat-trick as Forest United under-15s (pictured) hit double figures for the second week running to ease through in the Middlesex Cup.
Johnson’s treble was backed up by braces from Robert Graham and Rakheem Whalby, while Adam Clark was also among the scorers with his first goal for the club.
Ashley Burke, who excelled in terms of positioning and distribution, wasted an opportunity to add his name to the scoresheet, while stand-in Forest goalkeeper Josh Luther performed well to thwart the few London attacks.
Meanwhile, Forest under-14s were unable to arrest their recent mini-slump as they went down 4-2 at Ruislip Town in the Harrow Youth League.
Remi Caesar cancelled out an early Ruislip goal, but the home side led 2-1 at half-time and extended their advantage before Joe Bennet’s penalty reduced the deficit. David Sullivan was Forest’s man of the match.
Goalkeeper Sean O’Donnell pulled off two vital saves to ensure that Gibbons Wreckers under-10s maintained their winning streak at Celtic on Sunday.
O’Donnell sprang to his right to prevent Celtic taking the lead after five minutes and defenders Corey O’Neill, Hanad Hassan and Jack O’Neill held firm under pressure to keep the scores level at half-time.
And GW took control after the break as Imenor Oriakhi collected the ball on the left, judging the bounce perfectly as he dispatched a lob over the Celtic keeper and into the net.
Sekani Melford made it 2-0 almost immediately, receiving the ball on the edge of the penalty area and holding off three defenders to spin and fire into the bottom corner.
Kasey Clifford fired a free-kick just over but, at the other end, O’Donnell produced a point-blank stop to preserve the two-goal lead before Celtic grabbed a late consolation.
Darnell White and Mohammed Bangura both netted hat-tricks as Gibbons Wreckers under-11s thrashed TFA Totteridge 8-1.
Bangura ran onto Alfie Cassidy’s through ball and rounded the keeper to open the scoring on 10 minutes before White doubled the GW lead with a powerful run and shot.
White then set up Anwar Benahmed for a superb left-foot drive into the top corner and, although Totteridge pulled a goal back, Cassidy added his name to the scoresheet two minutes later.
A second unstoppable strike from White gave the Wreckers a 5-1 half-time lead – and there was no let-up after the interval as White completed his treble.
Cassidy’s chip set up Bangura to make it 7-1 – and the GW forward grabbed his third in the final minute, heading home a corner to seal the rout.
Bradley Corcoran scored a solo goal to clinch a 2-1 victory for Gibbons Wreckers’ under-nines at TFA Crouch End.
The Wreckers went ahead through Marty Corcoran after five minutes and, although Crouch End equalised, Marty’s brother Bradley dribbled from inside his own half to fire home the winner.
Hendon under-15s went down 4-2 against high-flying Magix in their first game under new manager Tony Payne.
Edson Gomes cancelled out an early Magix goal, but the Greens conceded again on the stroke of half-time and Magix added two more in the second half before Danny Ready got his name on the scoresheet.
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