Ruthless Islington & Camden hit Brent for six
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Joe White netted a hat-trick as Islington & Camden Under-15s hammered Brent 6-1 with a superb performance in their Corinthian Shield second-round tie at St Aloysius’ College.
Islington & Camden made the perfect start, going ahead inside the first few minutes when White’s effort was saved and Meshak Duncan pounced on the rebound.
White scored a rebound of his own to make it 2-0 10 minutes later, and the Holloway youngster also grabbed his side’s third before half-time, turning his marker to slot home.
Billy Brown, who excelled in a defensive midfield role, hit a spectacular fourth goal after the break, pushing forward and beating two opponents before rifling a 25-yard right-foot drive that nestled in the stanchion.
Duncan grabbed his second of the game, cutting in from the right flank and finding the bottom corner on his left foot before Brent’s Kingsley Eshun pulled a goal back.
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But White latched onto a through ball from captain Dylan Bolister to complete his treble – and centre-back Oliver Achille almost made it seven with a header fractionally wide of the post.
“Brent beat us last season and it was great to see the boys match them – they were breathtaking from start to finish,” said Islington & Camden manager Jim de Garis.
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“It was one of those days when everything worked a treat. Now they’ve got to go and do it again next time and show that this wasn’t a one-off.”
Brent have an immediate opportunity for revenge when they host Islington & Camden in the Star Shield on Saturday, while the borough’s Under-12s and Under-14s both face Harrow at St Aloysius’ (10am).
Islington & Camden squad: Thompson (Haverstock), Paxi-Cato, Brown, Akinola (Central Foundation), Kelly, Price, Osborn (St Mary Magdalene), Achille, Samuel-Clarke, Miles (Acland Burghley), Bolister (capt), Chandler, Kafuti (St Aloysius), Duncan, O’Leary (William Ellis), White (Holloway).
Goals from Drew Durnan and Alex Gibson enabled Islington’s hastily-assembled Under-11 side to overturn a half-time deficit and triumph 2-1 at Thurrock.
Islington’s squad had trained together just once before the game, but they started brightly, keeping possession thanks to midfield trio Harry Smith, Solomon Baugh and Joe Bentham.
With Durnan and Harry Costa finding space up front, Islington dominated and won a penalty when Costa’s header was handled in the box – only for the Thurrock goalkeeper to pull off a smart save from Durnan’s spot-kick.
The home side broke through to take the lead on the counter-attack two minutes later, but Islington regrouped after half-time and Rees Jones, Serak Seyoum and Abdiwahab Mahamud kept them on top.
Islington’s pressure finally bore fruit as Costa’s pass sent Durnan through and he kept his composure under pressure to round the keeper and slot in the equaliser.
And the winning goal came soon afterwards when the Thurrock defence could only half-clear a cross from Jake Katz-Roberts and Gibson rifled a clinical strike into the net.
“I was really pleased with how the boys played,” said Islington coach Chris Payne. “They showed real character to come back from one down and win a game we dominated.”
Islington: Mahamud (Pakeman, capt), Bentham, Costa (Yerbury), Katz-Roberts (Canonbury), Ward (Drayton Park), Smith (Christ the King), Little, Daley (St Mary Magdalene), Durnan (Duncombe), Jones, Seyoum (St John the Evangelist), Winter (Prior Weston), Baugh (St Joan of Arc), Gibson (Hugh Myddelton).