U15 Rep Team defeat Surrey

Middlesex 3-1 Surrey

South-East England Schools' FA, London Cup Group 1

Middlesex blew the race for the semi-finals of the SEESFA London Cup wide open by winning 3-1 against previously unbeaten Surrey. This match was played in Middlesex, at Hampton School, albeit at a venue used regularly by Surrey Schools FA. The Seaxes came back from a goal down to record a superb victory in freezing cold conditions.

Surrey took the lead after 20 minutes but Middlesex bounced back just before the break, with all-action striker Ali Alanezi threading the ball to Cai Burrows who produced a moment of magic skilfully dribbling past two defenders before coolly dinking the ball of the keeper. The first half ended with the scores level at 1-1.

Middlesex started the second half at a high tempo. Captain Jaevon Braithwaite begin to get control in midfield with Charlie  Quinnell sending probing passes as he tried to release debutant striker James Bromley who was constantly testing the Surrey defence.

Middlesex were rewarded for their relentless effort when Harrow winger Toby Gould reacted quickly to a loose ball, pressurising the Surrey keeper into an error and then placing the ball into the net. 2-1. It was “game on” and Surrey fought hard to get the equaliser. Keeper Joe Ringer made a superb save from point blank range then tipped the a header bound for the corner over the bar. Surrey kept up the pressure but the defence of Gareth Balakomoso, David Oppong-Wiafe, Michael Adjei and Ruudy Kahunga stood firm.

Wiktor Wachala was brought on to make his debut upfront along with Kyle Mathews and Olumide Akinade in midfield. All three made an instant impact.  Mathews released Wachala down the right. He out-sprinted the full back and blasted a superb ball across the face of goal for Man of the Match Ali to volley home and make the score 3-1.

Middlesex coach Chris Ampofo  observed: “ The effort and spirit in this team is fantastic. They worked really hard. Everyone contributed and they got the reward they deserved. It was an immense effort”

Middlesex: Wiktor Wachala (Ark academy), Toby Gould (Harrow), James Bromley (Bishop Ramsey) Dawid Chiomanowicz (Alec Reed), Joe Ringer (Harefield),Jaevon Braithwaite –Capt (Claremont)  David Oppong Wiafe (Greenford),  Ruudy Kahunga (Finchley),  Charlie Quinnell (Douay Martyrs), Ali Alanezi (London Academy) Gareth Balakomoso, Cai Burrows, Michael Adjei, (St Gregorys), Olumide Akinade, Kyle Mathews (Wembley High).

 

U14 Rep Squad reach last eight in National Cup

Cornwall 2-4 Middlesex

English Schools' FA Playstation Inter-County Trophy

Middlesex travelled over 600 miles and completed a 11 hours’ round trip by coach to play Cornwall in Penzance, winning 4-2 to reach the next round of the England Schools' Football Association Inter-County Trophy.

Middlesex started brightly with Tommy Lahti firing just over the Cornish crossbar before Kyle Wilson gave Middlesex the lead on 6 minutes with a shot from 25 yards which flew into the top right corner of the goal, giving the Cornwall goalkeeper no chance.

Middlesex’s Mason Spencer then saw his effort on goal well saved before Cornwall had their first meaningful attack on the Middlesex goal resulting in a corner. Middlesex were still creating the majority of the goal scoring chances and Dominic D’Souza saw his header saved on the line with Felix Amoah, Drillon Krasniqi all seeing their efforts well saved.

On 19 minutes, Middlesex increased their lead when Kyle Lake Bryan’s corner kick was headed on by Krasniqi and although a shot was initially saved by the Cornwall goalkeeper, when the ball ran clear D’Souza reacted quickest to force the ball over the line from 2 feet.

Middlesex were unlucky not to extend their lead further with Krasniqi seeing a shot deflected wide of the post before heading just over and finally seeing 2 further shooting efforts clearing the Cornwall crossbar within a 5 minute spell.

Having failed to extend their lead, Middlesex would have felt aggrieved for allowing Cornwall back into the match when they scored 3 minutes before half time with another spectacular shot. The effort came from just outside the Middlesex penalty area and went in just underneath the crossbar to make it 2-1 at half time.

With the second half becoming very open, Middlesex’s Qasim Khan had an early chance cleared before D’Souza saw his shot on goal well saved. Cornwall almost equalised 4 minutes into the second half and Middlesex were grateful to Ethan Grubb in goal for diving at full length to push the ball just wide of the far post before the ball was scrambled clear. 

With Cornwall now pushing hard for an equaliser they had a goal ruled out for offside on 42 minutes but were on level terms just 4 minutes later when Cornwall were allowed to attack the Middlesex goal unchallenged in the middle of the park & when the ball was not cleared in the Middlesex defence Cornwall scored from inside the 6-yard box.

With both sides now looking for a winning goal, Middlesex almost restored their lead on 44 minutes when D’Souza linked up well with Krasniqi and Krasniqi saw his effort well saved just outside the six yard box before Cornwall themselves nearly took the lead following a goal mouth scramble. Grubb in the Middlesex goal then did very well when challenged under pressure on his goal line to see a Cornwall effort clear the Middlesex crossbar. 

With the excellent Luke Massingham and Ronnie Heath in the Middlesex defence clearing a succession of Cornwall attacks and corners it looked like Middlesex may rue not taking all their earlier chances with the game heading towards extra time and possibly penalties. But with just 7 minutes remaining, Amoah restored Middlesex’s lead on 63 minutes when he cut inside the Cornwall penalty area from the right and despite being under pressure from the Cornwall defenders he saw shot from an acute angle go in just inside the left post.

Then, with just 3 minutes remaining, D’Souza made the game safe for Middlesex scoring his second goal of the match when he picked up the ball from an Amoah pass and holding off a defender he scored with a wonderful shot from outside the Cornwall penalty area with his left foot.

The squad's reward for this hard-earned victory is another away tie in the last eight; this time against Bedfordshire. This match will be played on or before 6th February.

The Under-14 squad which defeated Cornwall

New General Secretary appointed

The Middlesex Schools' FA is delighted to announce the appointment of Jakob Nowell as its new General Secretary, following the decision of the outgoing General Secretary, Gareth Coates, to relocate. 

Jakob is already working in football, as a Membership Services Officer for the Middlesex County FA, the body which oversees club football in the County and MSFA is delighted to welcome him to its management team.

We are also pleased to confirm that Gareth Coates will continue to be involved with MSFA as he has offered to provide support to Jakob as appropriate and agreed to continue to manage the Association's website until at least the end of the current season. The Middlesex Schools' FA would like to thank Gareth for his hard work and commitment since taking on the General Secretary's role in 2013.