Middlesex U14 Girls 2-0 Surrey U14 Girls

On Saturday 10th November the Middlesex SFA U14 Girls squad faced Surrey in their second league game of the season. 
Middlesex started brightly and Naomi Rawding sent Jada Pollendine one-on-one with the ‘keeper within the first minute of the game, but Pollendine saw her shot well saved. The pressure was constant from Middlesex and after putting two missed chances the back of her mind, Shakira Kafero Roberts showed great composure to give Middlesex a deserved lead. 

Middlesex’s captain, Caitlin Boodram Star, was orchestrating the game superbly and after her terrific assist for the first goal, she provided yet another 'eye of the needle' pass for Pollendine, who lost her defender thanks to some great skill and rifled the ball into the net to double Middlesex’s lead. 

Wanting to make their domination count, Middlesex continued to push for a third, leaving themselves occasionally vulnerable to a counter attack. Any worries were calmly eased away however by the back three of Noelani Ageyman, Caitlin Finnerty, Mae Rush and the tireless running of midfielder Macey Bannerman-Lloyd .

In the second half, and now against the wind, Middlesex continued to put in a battling performance, with Evie Underhill, Harriet Stiles-Winfield and Kyra Fleary tirelessly patrolling the wings to set up chances for the attackers and help assist the defenders when needed. Despite a few good chances for the Middlesex attack of Kafero Roberts, Pollendine and Boodram Star, no more goals were scored for the remainder of the half. Middlesex now look forward to their national cup tie against Cambridgeshire. 

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

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