Dominant display from U14 Boys

Middlesex 1-0 Hampshire

South East England Schools' FA GE Knowles Cup, 19th November 2016

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The Middlesex Schools’ FA Under-14 Boys’ squad built on their excellent win away to Sussex on 12th November by following it up with victory over Hampshire in their first home match at Brunel University Sports Park.

Middlesex were clearly spurred on by their victory in their previous game and started the game with a real energy and enthusiasm, quickly gaining possession of the football and controlling the tempo of play. Captain Junior Paiva and Jaden Warner settled in to a partnership in the centre of defence, with Kieron Lake-Bryan and Jiovanni Addo, in the full back positions. This defensive unit played on the front foot from the start, containing Hampshire’s forwards whilst also contributing to attacks, playing out from the back with confidence and purpose. Two particular passes from Warner split the Hampshire defence wide open and had it not been for some great defending, Middlesex may have taken an early lead.

The home side’s defensive strength gave the central midfielders, Tyler Payne, Miles Timthong and Joseph Barnieh time on the ball and they started to dictate play, whilst also breaking up play and preventing Hampshire from getting control of the game. This powerful trio were also bringing wingers Raheem Conte and Liam Lock into the game. Conte and Lock were brave with their dribbles and were attacking the Hampshire full-backs with skill and tenacity, cutting inside and out and putting some wonderful deliveries into the box.

Tristan Goodridge was alone upfront but setting the tone for his team by working hard for the team, stretching the defence  with sharp forward runs and at times dropping deep to link up the play.

However, Middlesex were frequently frustrated around the Hampshire penalty box thanks to some great blocks and tackles from the visitors. Some dangerous balls into the box from both Conte and Lock were causing havoc, but still the Seaxes could not put the ball into the back of the net.

As Middlesex continued to press, Miles Timthong had a magnificent effort from long range, latching on to a cleared corner to strike the ball on the half volley with venom and direction. Timthong’s strike was heading into the bottom corner, only for the Hampshire keeper to make a superb one handed save to keep the game goalless as the first half came to an end.

Isaac Ifewoula, Tarik Gidaree and Freddie Fraser-Grante  all came on at half time as Middlesex shuffled their pack. Starting sharply, Middlesex picked up where they left off and continued to dominate the game. However, as the second half progressed and with Middlesex failing to convert momentum into goals, it was inevitable that Hampshire would get a chance to punish the home side.

Hampshire had been organised and resolute and did create a couple of chances on the break with long balls over the top. The visitors came up against goalkeeper Bikram Khaia who was determined to keep a clean sheet.  Khaia made one top-class save, preventing the ball from rocketing into the top corner and keeping the scoresheet blank.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the hosts’ possession and penetration finally paid off. Middlesex got the ball out wide to Lock, who beat the full back and whipped in a dangerous ball to Payne who burst into the box and slotted a half-volley into the roof of the net. Payne’s composed finish was his first goal for his County.

The goal really settled the game down and Middlesex put together a composed and mature performance to secure the points and move to the top of their group, albeit having played more matches than the other Counties in their section.

Coach Kim James stated after the match:  “It was great to see such a spirited group battle for each other and show a real passion for representing their county. They have won two out of three games and are looking forward to playing Kent next Saturday, where we will look to replicate the same level of discipline and desire and hopefully be a little more clinical in the final third.

“I’d like to give a special mention to our man of the match, Miles Timthong (pictured, below), who was brilliant all game and had it not been for some goal keeping heroics, would’ve capped his terrific performance with a goal.  Congratulations to Raheem Conte,  Jiovanni Addo and Freddie Fraser-Grante on making their county debuts.

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“A special mention also to Ibrahim Elhaouari, who just missed out on the squad this week but still came down to support the team. Finally, thanks to Steven Toddington for taking the match day photos.”

Squad: Bikram Khaia (William Perkin CofE High School), Junior Paiva, Kieron Lake-Bryan (Queens Park Community School), Jaden Warner (Bishophalt School), Jiovanni Addo (Cardinal Wiseman High School), Tyler Payne, (St Paul’s School),  Miles Timthong (St Mary and St John CofE Secondary School), Joseph Barnieh (Harefield Academy), Raheem Conte, Tristan Goodridge, Liam Lock (Bishop Ramsay Secondary School), Isaac Ifewoula, (Haydon High School), Tarik Gidaree, Freddie Fraser-Grante ( Kew House School)

Emre Tops off win for U16 Rep Team

Sussex 1-2 Middlesex

South East England Schools' FA LC Hill Trophy, 12th November 2016

After a disappointing home defeat last week against Essex in the English Schools’ FA Inter County Trophy, Middlesex were looking to bounce back. They did so with an impressive display against an experienced and well organised Sussex side at Steyning Town FC.

Middlesex opened the scoring in the 20th minute through a well taken goal from Ali Alanezi after a fine move down the left flank. Sussex drew level from the spot on the stroke of half-time after Briggs was adjudged to be brought down inside the Middlesex box. The hosts’ player picked himself up to calmly slot home the spot kick to send both teams in level at the break.

Emre Top, who struck the bar in the first half from a free-kick, had another opportunity from a similar position early in the second half. His quick thinking and thunderbolt strike caught the Sussex stopper off guard, restoring Middlesex’s lead and scoring what turned out to be the winner.

Middlesex made three changes from last week’s starting eleven with Joe Ringer coming in for the rested Josh Beirne in goal, Samurai Evans slotting in at centre back for the unwell Sokol Rexhaj and Kyle Matthew replacing Cai Burrows, who was injured.

The end result might have not have been predicted at the start of the match. The early stages saw Sussex enjoy the majority of the possession and creatE several chances. The visitors were struggling to get to grips with their new 3-5-2 formation when Sussex broke the offside trap, a long ball split the Middlesex defence but ‘keeper Joe Ringer anticipated the danger and met the ball at the edge of his box with a huge clearance into the grandstand.

The towering presence of Samurai Evans and David Oppong-Wiafe at the heart of the defence made several interceptions and well timed tackles in the first quarter. Once the game had settled down, Middlesex started to get the ball down and play some exciting football with the majority of the play coming down the left hand side with Keith Taziwa and Kyle Matthews linking up well.

Middlesex were gaining in confidence and looking more threatening on the ball. Middlesex’s first chance came on 15 minutes when Emre Top found Ali Alanezi’s feet from an acute angle. Alanezi threaded a ball through to the advancing Taziwa who shot narrowly wide. From the resulting goal kick Middlesex regained possession. Middlesex were now stroking the ball around at ease and forcing Sussex to make errors in threatening positions. Top seeing his free-kick tipped on to the bar by the Sussex stopper.

The game was just missing a goal and on 20 minutes another fine move down the left saw Alanezi through on goal who guided the ball over the keeper to open his account for the season.

 A minute before half time a mix up in the Middlesex defence saw the referee award Sussex the penalty which Briggs score to ensure the scores were level at the break.

Middlesex wasted no time in the second half. A pinpoint pass from right back Morgan Whittick allowed Isaiash Carrington to counter attack; Carrington cut inside and linked up with the central midfield duo of Guerin Nimi and Tashae Gibbons, the latter being fouled in a central position 30yards out. Top had no hesitation in taking control of the situation and smashed the ball in the top right hand corner of the Sussex goal, much to the delight of his watching parents.

Middlesex held onto their lead to secure a thoroughly deserved victory brought about by a combination of working hard for each other and quality on the ball when it counted.

Man of the Match: Emre Top

Middlesex coach Scott Harneiss commented “The boys where absolutely fantastic today. They were a credit to themselves; they gave a lot for each other today. Everything that we discussed before the game, the boys achieved. The most pleasing thing for me was we were under a lot of pressure in the first 10 or so minutes, they battled through that and took hold of the game”

Squad: Ali Alanezi (London Academy), Charlie Quinnell (Douay Martyrs), David Oppong-Wiafe (Greenford), Emre Top (Oasis Academy), Gareth Balakomoso (St Gregory’s), Guerin Nimi (Gunnersbury), Isaiah Carrington (Queensmead), Josh Beirne (Rivers Academy), Joe Ringer (Harefield), Keith Taziwa (Lampton), Kyle Mathews (Wembley), Morgan Whittick (St James’), Naradine Hashi (Bishopshalt), Samurai Evans (St Mark’s), Simeon Olarerin (Vyners),  Tashae Gibbons (Featherstone High School),  Wichtor Wachala (Ark Academy).

Arrangements for Representative matches against Sussex

The Middlesex Schools' FA Representative Teams will play away to Sussex Schools' FA on Saturday 12th November.

The Under-14 and Under-15 teams will play on grass pitches at Steyning Grammar School. The Under-16 team will play on a 3G pitch at Steyning Town FC.

A coach has been arranged upon which all three teams will travel. This will depart from and return to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2-8 Hanger Lane, Ealing, London, W5 3HN. Players should report to the hotel by 8.00am, ahead of departure at 8.15am sharp.

Players are required to attend in shirt and tie.

The following players have been selected to form the Under-16 squad for this match:

Ali Alanezi (London Academy)
Ben Sullivan (Harefield)
Cai Burrows (St Gregory's)
Charlie Quinnell (Douay Martyrs)
David Oppong-Wiafe (Greenford)
Emre Top (Oasis Acedemy)
Guerin Nimi (Gunnersbury)
Isaiah  Carrington (Queensmead)
James Bromley (Bishop Ramsey)
Josh Beirne (Rivers Academy)
Joe Ringer (Harefield)
Keith Taziwa (Lampton)
Morgan Whittick (St James)
Sokol Rexhaj (Aylward Academy)
Tashae Gibbons (Featherstone High)
Wichtor Wachala (Ark Academy)

In addition, the following players have been selected on standby and may be called into the squad at short notice in the event of a selected player becoming unavailable:

Standby Squad:
Alkhidhri Rajab (Heathland) 
Altan Ayden (Mill Hill) 
Chris Thorpe (St Thomas More)
Daniel Fernandez (Alec Reed)
Dawid Chiomanowicz (Alec Reed)
Jaevon Braithwaite (Claremont)
Jude Moore (Cardinal Wiseman)
Gareth Balakomoso (St Gregory's) 
Keiano Josephs (Claremont)
Kyle Mathews (Wembley)
Michael Adjei (St Gregory's)
Michael O’Neill (Bishopshalt)
Michael David (Alec Reed)
Mack Ndja (St Thomas More)
Naradine Hashi (Bishopshalt)
Ruudy Kahunga (Finchley) 
Toby Gould (Harrow)