Golden generation brings pride to Brent

PUBLISHED: 13:41 08 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 August 2010



DELIGHTED team manager Abdi Farah says Brent s five-a-side football triumph at the London Youth Games can be the first of many. The borough s boys team – including several players on the books at QPR, Fulham, Chelsea and Watford – beat Camden to lift the

DELIGHTED team manager Abdi Farah says Brent's five-a-side football triumph at the London Youth Games can be the first of many.

The borough's boys' team - including several players on the books at QPR, Fulham, Chelsea and Watford - beat Camden to lift the trophy at Crystal Palace last weekend.

"Brent is a borough with a tradition for producing winners," said Farah who, along with fellow AFC Wembley coaches Raul Gamo-Casa and Mohammed Jama, has worked with the team for the last three months.

"We will build on this achievement and bring back trophies for many years to come."

Overall, Brent enjoyed their best London Youth Games performance for a decade, climbing five places in the table to 19th.

The boys, who finished fifth in 2008, conceded just two penalties in nine games thanks to outstanding goalkeeping from Antonio Dulgheru and Lewis Edwards.

But they were also clinical in the opposition penalty area, with Raheem Sterling and Ishmael Thomas both on target to ensure Brent's campaign began with a 2-0 win over Tower Hamlets.

A 0-0 draw with Lambeth and another 2-0 success against Richmond meant that Brent topped their group, and they then defeated Southwark in the second group phase before drawing with Hillingdon.

Sterling and Reece Mitchell were both among the goals again in a 3-1 win over Camden to set up a quarter-final clash with Merton, and Brent triumphed 3-0 to reach the final four.

Opponents Ealing were no match for them, with Sterling netting a hat-trick and Kamaron English also scoring in a 4-0 semi-final win - and another early goal from Sterling was enough to settle the final in a rematch against Camden.

The girls' team lost one game and drew two in their group schedule, but performed well in the Plate competition, where they won all of their matches.

BRENT'S athletics team forced their way into the top 10 for the first time ever with a series of excellent performances at Crystal Palace.

Jerrel Nugent-Hanson won his 100m group with a time of 11.9 seconds, Robert Keating dominated his 200m with a scorching 24.4, Mousa Charaffdeen cleared 1.55m in the high jump and Emi Onwordi threw 10.98m in the shot.

Those results, along with victory in the relay, meant the boys' team finished ninth - 12 places higher than their previous best - while Brent's girls also achieved their record position of 17th.

Middlesex long jump champion Georgia Gideon recorded 4.30m, while Chloe Greenberg took third place in her javelin group and the relay team also performed well to finish second.

Brent's table tennis team narrowly missed out on the bronze medal as they lost a third-place play-off to Lambeth, despite some superb shots from London Youth Games debutant Zaid Doraid.

Earlier, Dritan Sadiku and Folufo Thomas had turned in gutsy displays as Brent - who finished third in 2008 - lost out against strong opposition from Barnet and Ealing.

Ricky Duggins managed a team of 30 swimmers, drawn from Brent Dolphins and other local clubs, who competed well in both individual and relay events to finish 22nd and 23rd respectively.

The girls' tag rugby team, made up of players from Alperton Community School and coached by teachers Jozef Mackie and Nicola Hazley, finished in a respectable 16th.

There were also promising performances from the girls' netball team from Kingsbury High School, who came 13th, and archers Euan Lewis, Amanda Yuen, Oliver Yuen and Jack Talboys, who finished 21st.

Ahead of the weekend, more than 80 primary school youngsters from Brent took part in the Mini Games, with the water polo team from St Joseph's School making a splash as they took first place.

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