Islington & Camden beat Barnet to claim second successive win

Ben Julian, Islington & Camden Under-12s

Ben Julian, Islington & Camden Under-12s - Credit: Archant

Midfielder Ben Julian scored his first goal for Islington & Camden Under-12s and set up another as they blitzed Barnet 4-2 for their second successive victory.

The I&C boys overwhelmed their visitors with two goals in the first three minutes and ran out comfortable winners, despite a fightback from Barnet in the second half.

Sol Scheinmann’s through ball sent Mark Stephenson clear to slot home the opening goal and Julian made it 2-0 almost immediately, directing a classy header into the net from Connor O’Malley’s corner.

Islington & Camden extended their lead further on 20 minutes as Julian played a ball in for Stephenson, who netted the rebound after his initial effort had been saved.

Barnet replied to make it 3-1 as their hosts began to tire after the break, but I&C restored their three-goal advantage, with Joe Bentham crossing for Tyrice Litchmore to sidefoot in his first district goal.

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The visitors pulled another goal back late on with a free-kick that eluded everyone and bounced in at the far post, but it was not enough to deny Islington & Camden the victory.

“We came out of the blocks so well and Ben was outstanding,” said I&C manager Jim de Garis. “His general play was very good and his header was lovely.”

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I&C were hit by early injuries to centre-backs Tyrone Willis Alvarez and Kamal Bannerman-Thompson, but William’s resolute efforts forced Barnet to work for their 5-2 win.

Trailing 3-0 at half-time, I&C fought back when Binyam Mesfin (Regent High) netted a penalty following a foul on Nana Aggrey-Adams and Zane Nicholas (Haverstock) also found the net before the home side added two more goals to seal victory.

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