Middlesex U14 Girls 7-2 Essex, 7th February 2020

Middlesex’s U14 Girls Representative Squad created history when they defeated the holders, Essex SFA, in the semi-final of the English Schools’ FA Inter-County Trophy.

Both teams went into the match at AIM North London in Edmonton in very good form and the visitors made the first breakthrough, winning and scoring an early penalty to put themselves 1-0 ahead. 

Middlesex fought back valiantly and equalised through a fantastic, long range free kick by Megan Peters Weise. The remainder of the first half was a close contest. Essex hit the crossbar twice, but Middlesex were able to keep their composure in a mostly crowded penalty area and score another two goals for a 3-1 lead at half time.

Not wanting to rest on their laurels, Middlesex started the second half brightly, determined to increase their advantage. The home side scored their fourth goal just two minutes after the restart. The majority of the second half continued in this vein; Middlesex maintained their grip on the match and continued to keep Essex camped in their own half, creating chance after chance.

The Seaxes eventually made their dominance count and two superbly taken goals put Middlesex 6-1 ahead. The match finished in a frenetic fashion, with both sides finding the net as Middlesex ran out 7-2 winners.

The squad will face Lancashire on a date to be arranged at the home ground of a Premier League or EFL Club. They will be the fifth Representative side from the County to play in a National Final and the first since the 2008-09 Under-16 Girls were narrowly defeated by West Yorkshire at Lincoln City. The team has also qualified for the knockout phase of the South-East England Schools' FA's Essex Cup competition and secured a home semi-final tie.

Kent U16 Boys 2-2 Middlesex U16 Boys

Middlesex travelled to Kent with a changed squad from that which suffered a narrow defeat on penalties to Suffolk on 9th November.

Middlesex started the game brightly but Kent had more clear cut goalscoring opportunities before the visitors tweaked their formation. This enabled the visitors to create a number of opportunites on the left hand side but Middlesex were unable to capitalise on these so the match was goalless at half time.

The second half saw Middlesex start in the same vein as they had ended the first period. Their reward came after great work from a corner when Aron Woldu turned and shot low into the bottom left corner to give the Seaxes the lead.

By this stage, Middlesex were causing Kent lots of problems but then gave away a free kick which the home side scored from to make it 1-1. With the game heading into the last 15 minutes, Middlesex again scored from a corner. An excellent header by Reeon Cook-Hardy restored their lead. With eight minutes to go a break down the Kent left hand side saw them equalise to make it 2-2. Middlesex had one final chance which fell to Donell Watt who connected brilliantly. However, the Kent goalkeeper made a wonderful save to keep the game at 2-2 which is how it finished.

Team Manager Angus Douglas commented: "I was really pleased with the way the boys applied themselves to the task today and the hard work and commitment of the group as well as the continued support from the parents. It was nice to give debuts to David Lopes, Joshua Addae, Jahrome Evans and Jenyo Balagun today and especially pleased for 'man of the match' Aron Woldu who capped a fine performance by also scoring.

Squad: Shane Farrer, Khion Griffith-Farrell, Reeon Cook-Hardy, Ano Mano, Leo Sery, Jahrome Evans, Jeremy Stewart, David Lopes, Aron Woldu, 
Hekmat Alizai, Reuben Doherty, Jenyo Balagun, Donell Watt, Joshua Addae.

Two wins for Boys Rep. Teams against Inner London

Playing their opening matches of 2020, the Association's Boys Representative Teams won two out of three fixtures against Inner London on Saturday 1st February.

The Under-15 squad (pictured) won their match 3-2. Diontae Smith put the Seaxes 1-0 up from the penalty spot, then added a second goal for Middlesex. Inner London rallied and scored twice in the second half, but a late free kick by Middlesex's Kuell Weekes saw the points go to the visiting team.

The Middlesex Under-16 squad also returned from Walthamstow with a 3-2 victory, but the Under-14 boys were defeated 5-2 in a match that was much closer than the scoreline might suggest.