The Middlesex Schools’ FA Under-14 Representative Team were defeated by their Sussex counterparts after a spectacular fixture in Brighton.
Ahead of this match, the teams posed together for a remembrance photo in honour of the Christmas Truce which occurred during the First World War but it was more like the Alamo for the visitors as Sussex immediately went on the attack.
Sussex took the lead after 20 minutes. Then after good work from Leo Grace, Damani Ayre was pulled back as he slipped away from his marker. Reece Weekes stepped up and hit an unstoppable 30 yard screamer into the top corner. Weeks’ effort was a contender for goal of the season and levelled the match at 1-1. The home fans and Sussex were stunned by the wonder strike but regrouped and surged ahead scoring twice quickly just before half time.
Middlesex made changes at the break introducing Kieran Ali in midfield and Emile Hohmann in attack. They both made an instant impact. Ali started to win the battle in midfield pressing and Hohmann was involved in the build-up releasing Weekes out wide on the left. Weekes whipped in the cross and Cai Burrows leapt at the far post to head home 3-2.
The balance of the game had changed and Middlesex were dominant. Hohmann combined well with Rasharn Rampton on the right who threaded the ball to Rahzir Smith-Jones. Jones jinked past two defenders and then unleashed a fierce left foot curling shot into the far corner to make the score 3-3.