Moriarty wraps up the case for Kingsbury
PUBLISHED: 10:25 13 April 2011
GOALKEEPER Daniel Moriarty was the hero as Kingsbury High School triumphed on spot-kicks to lift the Brent Schools FA under-14 Cup.
Moriarty pulled off a save in the shoot-out to clinch the trophy after the resilient Princes Avenue school had come from behind three times to take the contest to the wire.
Although Kingsbury looked the more likely to score in the opening stages of the final, at JFS playing fields, it was QPCS who snatched the lead after 25 minutes when Osman Kakay fired across Moriarty.
Osamu Allman went close to equalising with a superb effort just before half-time and, although Kingsbury were kicking into a fierce wind in the second period, they drew level five minutes after the restart.
Skipper Samad Rizvi hurled in a throw and Yasser Adnan capitalised as he took the ball down the right and beat the goalkeeper.
Both scorers came close to finding the net again, but it was an own goal that edged QPCS back in front 15 minutes from time as a corner was deflected in through a melee of players.
Osman almost made it 3-1 with a mazy run and shot just wide, but QPCS were pegged back when Allman gave their defence the slip and steered in a clinical finish.
Five minutes into extra time, Kakay did snatch his second of the game with a tidy finish – but, with QPCS scenting victory, Allman set up Jack Card to make it 3-3 just five minutes from the end.
Card, along with Doris Lickani, Ashleigh Burt and Mohammed Koutabli, then scored his penalty for Kingsbury in the shoot-out and Moriarty did the rest.
CAPITAL City marksman Kingsley Eshun capped another man of the match display with the decisive goal as they beat Preston Manor 2-1 in the under-12 final.
Eshun, who had netted a hat-trick in Capital’s semi-final destruction of St Gregory’s, almost set up the opening goal of the final for strike partner El-Hussain Boumzough, but Walid Rashid’s timely tackle rescued Preston Manor.
Kashane Edwards also went close for Capital, bringing a good save from Preston Manor goalkeeper Mukhtar Mohamed, but it was Boumzough who did break the deadlock with a close-range finish.
Preston Manor hit back as Shaquille Preston broke down the left and pulled the ball back from the line for Anando Johnson to sidefoot home the equaliser.
Chances fell to both sides, with Capital’s keeper racing off his line to thwart a Preston Manor attack and Eshun was denied from close range after captain Devante Mcleish had played him through.
But, with extra-time looming, it was Eshun who settled the destiny of the trophy as he pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area and rifled it into the roof of the net.
TASHARNE Williams steered home a late winner as Queen’s Park Community School edged out Crest Academy 2-1 in a closely-contested under-13 final.
Taiga Hirose showed composure to put QPCS in front after 10 minutes, but Crest drew level when goalkeeper Sultan Al Halabi could not hold a wind-assisted drive and Dorian Malollari smashed in the rebound.
Crest began to take control, with Ash Hameed dominating the midfield, and Alvin Walters cut in from the left to fire a volley narrowly wide.
For QPCS, Hirose went close again and a powerful drive from Williams seemed destined for the top corner, only for the Crest keeper to produce a superb fingertip save.
But the stalemate was finally broken 10 minutes from time as Williams rounded off a flowing move that began in the QPCS penalty area and ended in the back of the Crest net.
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