The conclusion of the preliminaries


Jim Taylor

The first semi-final of the Middlesex Senior Youth Cup was played last Monday evening 4th April, between the U18 teams of CB Hounslow United and Bedfont Sports.  The match took place on the latter club’s splendid 3G pitch, which is CB U18 side’s usual home venue.  Our roving team of Chris Benn (photographer) and Jim Taylor (reporter) covered the game.

After a scoreless first half, Bedfont Sports won a skilfully contested and entertaining match by 4 goals to 1.   Although Bedfont deserved their win, CB Hounslow United performed well and fully extended them, especially in the first half.  The final score did not accurately reflect CB’s spirited performance against a very good Bedfont side.

The teams take the field

Bedfont Sports had a good chance to take the lead in the 5th minute.  Owen Cartwright was fouled by Taisie Okawa-Marles, as he entered the penalty area.  He took the kick himself but hit a tame shot, which goalkeeper, Ahmad Kamjey easily gathered.

Owen Cartwright is brought down...

...but wastes the penalty

CB threatened briefly and a free kick taken from wide on the right was cleared.   Then the Eagles mounted a series of attacks.  Alfie Lal shot past the far post.  Amara Chukwanta’s low shot was saved by Ahmad.   Owen Cartwright was fouled to the right of the penalty box.  Alfie took the free kick and the ensuing action saw the keeper save from Freddie Solly.  Michael Goddard headed a cross home but the goal was disallowed for offside.  Then, Freddie burst through the middle but was thwarted by the advancing Ahmad.

Ahmad Kamjey thwarts Freddie Solly

Daniel Boydon went on an incisive run for CB and set up Sam Healey, whose shot struck the crossbar.  The ball went out for a corner, taken by Sam, whose kick was headed off of the goal-line by a defender. 

Sam Healey's shot hits the Bedfont crossbar

Owen Cartwright’s run released Alfie Lal but his shot was blocked. Then Freddie Solly’s low cross was competently dealt with by Ahmad Kamjey.

CB’s Taisei Okawa-Marles took the ball full in his face from close range and after receiving treatment had to leave the field.  He was eventually able to return.

Ahmad Kamjey made a good double save but was hurt saving the second shot from Amara Chukwunta and needed treatment.

In the last action of the first half, Owen Cartwright worked his way into the CB box.  His shot was blocked and Freddie Solly hit the rebound wide.

Half time score: CB Hounslow United 0   Bedfont Sports 0

Alfie Lal hits a free kick for Bedfont...

Bedfont Sports took the lead 3 minutes into the second half.   A free kick, taken by Alfie Lal from around 25 yards, went straight through the unfortunate goalkeeper’s hands into the net.

...which opens the scoring

Ahmed Kamjey saved from Kadmiel Anderson at the expense of a corner in the 56th minute but again went down injured after doing so.  After lengthy treatment, Ahmad handed over his keeper’s jersey to Jaiden Brookmam but then there was a change of mind and he continued in goal.

Amara Chukwunta had a scoring chance for Bedfont but he didn’t connect cleanly and his shot was off target. Then Michael Goddard received the ball from a free kick by Alfie Lal and also shot wide.

CB equalised in the 68th minute, through Dan Sines, after good approach work from Daniel Boydon.

Dan Sines (left of picture) equalises for CB

5 minutes later Michael Goddard slipped the ball home to restore Bedfont Sports’ advantage.

Michael Goddard (on ground) restores Bedfont's lead

Alfie Lal set up Kadmiel Anderson, whose shot was blocked.

After 78 minutes, the courageous Ahmad Kamjey finally handed the keeper’s jersey and gloves over to Jaiden Brookman.

In the 82nd minute, CB’s Baba Sarr tangled with Michael Goddard in the penalty area.   Owen Cartwright made no mistake with the spot kick.

Owen Cartwright makes it 3-1 from the spot

Alfie Lal put Michael Goddard through but stand-in keeper, Jaiden Brookman saved with his feet.  However, in the 5th of the 7+ minutes added time, Alfie netted from close range.

Alfie Lal nets Bedfont's fourth goal

Final Score: CB Hounslow United 1   Bedfont Sports 4 

Referee Andrew Tooley had a very good match, capably supported by his (very) experienced Assistant Referees, Simon Cudner and Mervyn Hughes.

CB Hounslow United: Ahmad Kamjey (Thomas Soares 78 mins), Taisei Okawa-Marles (Uas Khan 53), Baba Sarr, Dan Stones, Jaiden Brookman, Dan Sines (capt), Carlos Bain, Bailey Cooke, Sam Healey, Daniel Boydon and Hussein Farmay.

Bedfont Sports: George Gay, Owen Cartwright (capt), Kadmiel Anderson. Radostin Danchev, Redor Omar-Anintah, Luca Osborne (Kyle MacDonald 85), Freddie Solly, Taheen Bentebbal, Michael Goddard, Amara Chukwunta (Jake Beck-Nardoni 70) and Alfie Lal.

Unused substitute: Tom Dymott.

Bedfont Sports will play Pro Football UK Development U18 AFC Hayes in the final of the competition, at North Greenford United FC on Thursday, 5th May.   Pro Football won the other semi-final 4-1 away to Northwood last Thursday evening.

As ever we thank Chris & Jim for giving up their valuable time as they go marauding around the County to ensure we provide a platform to all of our Clubs & to raise the profile of the games that go on across the County. Our roving duo have got their heads together and selected their favourite shots from the match as displayed throughout this report. Chris has also very kindly provided a full album of imagery for you to review.

Chris & Jim's Picks

Full album courtesy of Chris Benn

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