Middlesex U16 0-2 Kent U16

15th December 2018

On a bitterly cold morning the Middlesex U16 squad welcomed Kent to Brunel University for their latest match in the SEESFA competition.

The game started with Middlesex playing into the wind. The Seaxes struggled to keep possession and were having trouble getting out of their own half. Kent had a fast right-sided player who was causing all kinds of problems for the home side and after 12 minutes he fed the Kent striker who finished into the corner. 

Ten minutes later it was 2-0 to Kent as the same right-sided player went through and scored himself.

The second half started and Middlesex were better with the wind in their favour and almost scored when Moray Rinkson hit the bar. However, that was as close as Middlesex came to scoring. Again the Middlesex squad applied themselves well and there were some good performances; Negus Malcom had a good game as did Sean Alexander.

Squad: Eric Negraru, Ibrahim Elhaouarj, Dan Boswell, Sean Alexander, Moray Rinkson, Avishek Luchman, Amir Hadi, Negus Malcom, Brandonne Folly, Anthony White, Ebrima, Ali, Antonio De Sousa

Middlesex U14 Boys 6-1 Barnet FC Academy U14

Following the withdrawal of Suffolk SFA from the English Schools’ FA Inter-County Trophy, Middlesex played a friendly against the Under-14 team from the Barnet FC Academy.

Against a very strong side, the Seaxes played fantastically. Middlesex looked in control of the match from the kick-off, thanks to fast, slick passing accompanied by a high tempo press.

It was not long before Middlesex got their first goal, a defensive clearance by George Abutt fell to Kaleel Green. Kaleel then initiated a fast counter attack, by carrying the ball from inside his half to the final third, before playing a through ball to Kuell Weekes who finished low into the bottom corner. The good football continued and through good combination play in midfield Middlesex scored their second when Luca Rosen struck low into the bottom corner.

Coaches Kamal Romain and Michel Farrell were pleased with the performance, but wanted the players to repeat the performance in the second and third segments of this 3 x 20 minute match. Middlesex started the second period well and Weekes scored his second with a well placed finish into the top left hand corner, after drifting in from the right wing. Middlesex hadn't finished scoring yet and Miller Lewis made it 4-0 after a neat lay off by Jibril Sharmarke.

As Middlesex entered the final third of the game, the tea’s instruction was to manage the game well and set the target of keeping a clean sheet. The Seaxes were able to extend their lead as Remi Onabanjo found space in the box after numerous blocks from Barnet players, Onabanjo shooting into the bottom right corner.

Unfortunately, Middlesex weren't able to keep a clean sheet. Former Brent SFA striker Brandon raced through on goal before assisting the Barnet right winger. There was confusion as to whether the shot had actually passed through the side netting, but the goal was given.

Middlesex reacted fantastically, scoring possibly the best goal of the game. A slick passing move which involved 9 outfield players touching the ball and  over 10 passes saw the ballreach Kaleel Green who struck hard and low into the bottom left corner. It was a great team goal to round off a fantastic team performance.

The squad’s next challenge is an ESFA Trophy match at home to Surrey. Both Kamal and Michel are encouraged by today's performance  as it gives them confidence that the team will be able to progress into the next round of the cup.

Middlesex Squad:Sasha Damicostovold, James Cowley, George Abbott, Adam Kaffel, Christian St Louis, Millar Lewis, Alfie Essex , Dillion Williams, Remi Onabanjo, Dillon Rajkovic, Kuell Weekes, Diontae Smith, Luca Rosen, Henry Sheehan, Jibril Sharmarke, Kaleel Green.

Surrey U16 Boys 4-0 Middlesex U16 Boys

The Middlesex U16 Boys' squad traveled to Surrey on the back of a narrow defeat to Hertfordshire, hoping to turn the great attitude and performance displayed against Hertfordshire into a positive result against a very strong Surrey side.

Middlesex were without five of the squad which took part in their previous match but the players that came in were more than capable. The Seaxes started the game on the back foot; Surrey were very well organised and moved the football well, but for all their good passing they could not break the visiting squad, thanks in large part to Middlesex's back four, which was superbly marshalled by Barsa Mitahmasebi and Lorcan Barnett. 

Despite the initial fortitude shown by Middlesex, midway through the first half Surrey made a breakthrough and scored. The visitors kept working hard and there were no further goals before half-tie.

During the interval, the Middlesex coaches expressed their pride in the squad for the way they were working against a talented group and the view that with a bit more belief the Seaxes could get back into the game.

However, Surrey scored within two minutes of the restart, which seemed to knock the wind out the Middlesex sails. The team kept going, only to concede again midway through the second half and at three nil down it was an uphill task against a clinical Surrey team. In the final moments, Surrey turned defence into attacking, breaking from a Middlesex corner to score a fourth goal.

Middlesex coach Angus Douglas commented: "I am proud of the boys for their endeavour and hard work. We will continue to work hard as I am sure the results will come to match the performances that we have seen in the last two games."

Man of the Match for Middlesex: Eric Negraru 

Squad: Eric Negraru, Ibrahim Elhaouarj, Barsa Mitahmasebi, Lorcan Barnett, Dan Boswell, Raheim Robinson, Avishek Luchman, Pyerre Clarke, Negus Malcom, Brandonne Folly, Amir Hadi, Sean Alexander