The Middlesex Schools’ FA Under-16 squad finally got their season kick-started with a very convincing performance away to West Midlands.
Having had much of the possession and chances in the first half the side were unlucky to go into half time 1-0 down after a sloppy mistake gave the home side a chance to get a shot away which caught goalkeeper Bradley Luckett (Vyners School) by surprise.
Middlesex had created plenty of chances the best of which fell to Jermaine Morris (Preston Manor High) from a superb Ned Clarke (Highgate Wood School) but were unable to transfer any of these onto the scoreboard.
A double substitution at half time with the introduction of Sam Ibrahim to partner Walid Rashid (Preston Manor High) up front lead to a barrage from Middlesex and before long West Midlands began to crack.
First Wilson Chingoka (Enfield Grammar School) netted from a penalty box scrap after West Midlands failed to clear from a cross. After the equaliser only one side looked like winning and Middlesex cruised home with goals from Owen Story (Vyners School), Ned Clarke and Harry Rush (Harefield Academy) closing the game out within a 5 minute spell.
After two disappointing performances the side showed tremendous character after falling behind again early on and will hope to build on this performance at home to Oxfordshire in the next round.