Sussex U15 2-1 Middlesex U15

Despite an impressive performance, the Middlesex SFA Under-15 squad were narrowly beaten by their counterparts from Sussex.

Middlesex made a bright start, but went behind after 20 minutes.

In the second half, Middlesex conceded another goal after a scramble in the box.

Middlesex then began to dominate the game, putting together some good passes. Eventually, Fortune Butungu scored on his debut for the Seaxes.

Middlesex came close  to scoring a number of times, but the Sussex goalkeeper made some outstanding saves to secure the win for the home side.

Squad: Tobi Ogundega (Queensmead), Ma'kel Bazile (Hatch End), Dimitris Savva (Crest Academy), Khion Griffiths-Farrell (Totteridge Academy), Felix Frimpong (Totteridge Academy), Jaime Sacopon (St Gregory's Catholic Science College), Daniel Baxter (Christ's College Finchley), James Penny (Mill Hill County High School), Ryan Hammond (The Compton School), Fortune Butungu (Aylward Academy), Samuel Fatimehin (Lea Valley High School), Anotida Mano (Queensmead), Joshua Addae (Bishop Ramsey), Dominic Jones (Haydon), Hekmat Alizai (Ruislip High School), Malikai Ekpenyong (Marylebone Boys School), Tyrese Okello (St Gregory's Catholic Science College)

U14 Girls make National Cup progress

Middlesex 2-1 Berkshire

ESFA U14 Girls Inter-County Trophy
25th October 2018

Middlesex U14 Girls v Berkshire, 25/10/18

Middlesex U14 Girls faced a talented Berkshire team in the first round of the National Cup at Rectory Park, Northolt. 

Middlesex began brightly and created a number of clear opportunities early on, only for the visiting ‘keeper to pull off a string of amazing reflex saves. Midway through the first half, Berkshire counter-attacked swiftly and were able to score the first goal of the game thanks to an excellent strike from their creative midfielder.

Middlesex didn’t let their heads drop and equalised immediately. After great link up play by  Susan Uwaifo, striker Shakira Kafero-Roberts blasted home the equaliser. Having gained the momentum, Middlesex continued to make their pressure count and were able to score an almost identical second goal. Kafero Roberts showed pace and composure before a superb finish set up by all three of the Middlesex strikers displaying excellent passing around the penalty area. 

The second half saw Middlesex maintain their hold on the game, creating chance after chance. At the other end, the defensive line of Noelani Ageyman, Caitlin Finnerty, Scarlet Shafer-James and Mae Rush ensured the home ‘keeper rarely had any action to face. Caitlin Star continued to dictate the tempo of play and could have had a hat trick of assists if it wasn’t again for the superb, in form Berkshire goalkeeper. 

As the second half came to an end, neither side were able to score any more goals meaning that Middlesex progress to the second round of the National Cup where they face an away game against Cambridgeshire for a place in the quarter finals. 

Middlesex coach Adem Ali commented: ‘It was fantastic to see how quickly the girls have gelled and understood how to play as a team after only having one match together before this game. The quality of the chances they created and their defending were superb and shows the amazing potential they all have. It’s been an excellent and exciting start for us all.’

Squad: Noelani Ageyman, Macey Bannerman-Lloyd, Savannah Ann Charles, Margot Farnes, Caitlin Finnerty, Kyra Fleary, Scarlet Shafer James, Jada Pollendine, Naomi Rawding, Shakira Kafero Roberts, Mae Rush, Liana Sideras, Caitlin Boodram Star, Susan Uwaifo, Megan Peters Weise, Harriet Stiles-Winfield

Solid start to Representative Team season

Having relaunched Representative Teams for Under-14 Girls and Under-16 Girls this season, the Middlesex Schools’ FA took the new squads to Kent for the first matches of the campaign.

Although they were playing together for the first time, the Middlesex U14 girls looked comfortable and confident early on, creating some good chances down the flanks but weren’t able to get a shot on target. Failing to make this positive start count would prove costly, as midway through the first half a free kick from the edge of the left side of the penalty box found an unmarked Kent striker at the back post who tapped it in past a helpless Lianna to give Kent the lead.

Middlesex didn’t let the goal affect their confidence and continued to push late into the half. The Seaxes eventually created a great chance for Harriet, whose attempted lob landed just over the bar on the top of the net.

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