Lebbie nets brace as Islington & Camden defeat Hillingdon
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Maurice Lebbie’s second-half double ensured that Islington & Camden Under-15s bounced back from their English Schools Trophy exit by overcoming Hillingdon 3-0 at Market Road.
Missing three midfield regulars, the home side had to re-adjust and they were on the back foot in the early stages as Hillingdon seized control, but failed to find the breakthrough.
Instead, Islington & Camden edged in front just before half-time when a superb inswinging free-kick from John Tlalim found centre-back Moein Tadayon to score with a glancing header.
I&C built on that goal with an improved performance after the break and Gregoire Sam burst through, but was denied by the goalkeeper in a one on one.
However, Sam played a part in his side’s second goal 18 minutes after the restart, combining with Sammy Kisunga on the right to set up Lebbie, who made it 2-0.
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And the points were safe when Lebbie netted his second after good work along the left flank by Ezra Ndukuba as I&C maintained their 100 per cent record in the competition so far.
I&C manager Jamie Houghton said: “It took us a while to get going, which was maybe a bit of a hangover from last week’s defeat but we were better in the second half and deserved our win in the end.
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“We had a few players missing but the upside was that it gave some of the other boys in the squad an opportunity to show what they can do. I thought they all did really well.”
Islington & Camden: Akguc, Appah, Daniels, Domi, Kanjeyo, Kisunga, Lebbie, McCarthy, Ndukuba, Purdom, Sam, Swash, Tadayon, Tlalim, Williams-Cavder, Wilton.
Islington & Camden Under-13s went down to a 5-3 defeat at home to Hillingdon in the Compton Cup despite a late brace from Roger Flores.
I&C were under the cosh in the first half – yet they took the lead after their opponents had wasted numerous chances, with Joe Bentham setting up Junior Mawonsa to fire into the bottom corner.
However, Hillingdon equalised on the stroke of half-time with a shot that ricocheted into the net off a home defender – and that sparked a second-half blitz of three more goals in the space of just five minutes.
Islington & Camden hit back when Mark Stephenson’s shot was saved and Flores netted the rebound – only for the visitors to restore their three-goal cushion soon afterwards.
However, Flores had the final word with the best strike of the game 10 minutes from time, cutting in from the left flank and bending a right-foot drive beyond the keeper.
Islington & Camden: O’Malley, Farrell, Rincon (St Aloysius); Smith, Flores (Holloway); Mawonza, Khadrum, Bain, King (Hampstead); Khaleel (William Ellis); Stephenson (IAMS), Bentham, Graham (Acland Burghley).
There were defeats for the district’s other two sides, with the Under-12s going down 1-0 and the Under-14s 2-0 in their respective games away to Hillingdon.