Maalik Gardner is called forward to receive the PotM award

Cre8tive Football Win Sam Dunn Under 13 Cup

by Jim Taylor
Cre8tive Football won convincingly and in doing so produced a master-class of brilliant football.


The Sam Dunn Under 13 Cup final was played at Middlesex FA’s Rectory Park Headquarters last Sunday morning, 31st March. The finalists, from the original entry of 69 teams, were Isleworthians Youth Red and Cre8tive Football.

Cre8tive Football won convincingly and in doing so produced a master-class of brilliant football. They dominated play for the entire 70 minutes to such an extent that the Cre8tive goalkeeper was rarely in action.

Cre8tive opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. A devastating run up the right wing by Maalik Gardner set up Shae Thompson, who netted from close range.

Maalik and Remi-Lee Bennison made incisive runs through the Red’s defence, with Aston Ellard firing just wide from the latter’s pass. Maalik fed Nabil Taitt, whose shot from 30 yards was held by Finley. The keeper then saved from Remy-Lee, after good approach work by Aston and Shae.

Maalik doubled Cre8tive’s score, from an acute angle in the 14th minute, after Shae’s shot had been pushed away by Finley.

Isleworthian’s custodian, Finley Beaven, was in constant action. He saved from Maalik, after a move involving Nabil and Aston and then pushed a 30 yard shot from Tyrique Tekasala onto his cross-bar. In contrast, a back pass in the 29th minute gave his opposite number in the Cre8tive goal, Ted Smith, his first touch of the ball.

Remy-Lee Bennison took the ball through the middle to add Cre8tive’s third goal in the 31st minute.

Half time score: Isleworthians Youth Red 0 Cre8tive Football 3

Isleworthians went onto the attack at the start of the second half and forced 2 corners, before Cre8tive Football scored their fourth goal after 40 minutes, when Tyrique fired home from 25 yards.  

They nearly added to this, when Remy-Lee showed terrific pace, cut in and let go a shot which defender, Archie Hollands cleared from the goal-line.

However, they scored their 5th goal in the 48th minute. Shae demonstrated some neat footwork before releasing Maalik to score with a curling shot into the top corner of the goal. Aston completed a multiple passing move by adding a 6th goal, four minutes later.

Nabil completed the scoring in the 61st minute with a shot into the roof of the net from 35 yards.

Cre8tive had some further chances. It is to Isleworthians’ credit that they did not give up and kept trying hard throughout the match. Indeed, in the final moments, the Cre8tive keeper had to make a good low save, following a corner.

Experienced referee, Matthew Roper controlled the match very well, ably assisted by his support team.

Final Score: Isleworthians Youth Red 0 Cre8tive Football 7

Guest of Honour, Middlesex FA Chief Executive, Leigh O’Connor, presented the Cup and players’ mementoes, on the field, at the conclusion of the match. He chose skilful Cre8tive winger, Maalik Gardner as Player of the Match.

Our thanks are due to the dedicated members of the Middlesex FA Youth Cups Sub-committee and to the Rectory Park Centre team for their contribution to the success of the event.

The attendance was 134.


Finley Beaven, Archie Hollands, Govind Singh Merbay, Henry Christie-Shand, Finn Peacock, Nicholas Schutter, Bradley Cousin, Jordan Renner-Thomas (capt), Jake Louisy, Joe Povey Donohoe and Chester Dennis.


Substitutes: (repeat substitutions are used in this competition): Sandhalu Perera, Luca Myers, Aryan Navaby, Oliver Duffau and Ashly Williams.


Manager: Julian Renner-Thomas

Assistant Manager: Leon Peacock 

Coaches: Barry Donohoe and Martin Shand


Ted Smith, Finley Godfrey, Richard Gerrard (capt), Dylan Payne, Nabil Taitt, Jermaine Pottinger, Remy-Lee Bennison, Tyrique Tekasala, Shea Thompson, Aston Ellard and Maalik Gardner.


Substitutes: Aidan Dausch, Tyler Cook and Jason Johnson.


Manager: Aaron Samuel

Assistant Manager: William Quaidoo

Coach: Martino Morgan-Samuel


Referee: Matthew Roper

Assistant Referees: Shaun Wills and Andrew Robinson

Fourth Official: Liam Walford

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