The Independent London Newspaper
26th April 2019

Camden and Islington goal-getters set for cup head-to-head

    Kentish Town Football Academy

    Published: 17 November, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    TWO teams packed with talented young footballers from Camden and Islington will be playing for more than just a place in the semi-finals of the Under-13s London FA Youth Cup next month – major bragging rights will also be on the line. 

    Stars from Kentish Town Football Academy (above) and Camden Elite were rewarded for the 27 goals they scored between them on Saturday by being paired against each other in the quarter-finals of the capital-wide competition. 

    Kentish Town cruised into the last eight with a 15-goal demolition of Leyton United, while Elite also hit double figures as they ran out 12-0 winners against Clapham Rangers.

    The two sides are now scheduled to go head-to-head on Saturday  December 10, with a venue for the titanic showdown yet to be decided. 

    Kentish Town needed just minutes to take the lead away against Leyton United at Hackney Marshes, with striker Al Reese Minsiomi sliding the ball under the goalkeeper. 

    Defender Max Leach got on the end of Trey Farrington McCarthy’s dangerous free-kick to double the advantage, and that’s when the floodgates really opened. 

    Minsiomi and fellow striker Blend Gashi both hit hat-tricks, while team-mates Farrington McCarthy and Jayden Bailey Jennings both scored two goals apiece in a match where Kentish Town coach Thomas Looney admitted it was “hard to keep track of all the goalscorers”. 

    And he added: “The game against Camden Elite will be our hardest game of the season for sure. 

    “For me, it’s the two best teams in Camden in the Under-13s age group. Whoever wins will have a massive chance of going all the way and winning the competition.” 

    One man Kentish Town will have to mark is Charlie Preus. 

    The Elite striker scored five goals against Clapham Rangers at the Douglas Eyre Sports Centre in Walthamstow on Saturday. 

    His goal spree came just 24 hours after he scored a hat-trick against Angel in the Camden and Islington Youth Football League. 

    Danny Shai scored a hat-trick, while Oliver Webster scored two in the victory over Rangers – another big win where keeping track of all the goal-getters proved tricky. 

    “Most of the boys from both teams all know each other so they can’t wait for the game,” admitted Elite manager Sebastian Eurico. “It certainly promises to be an exciting cup showdown.” 

    Elite ended up running out 5-1 winners in the league game against Angel on Friday, with two goals from Luc Achermann-Stanfield adding to Preus’s hat-trick. 

    It’s a result that leaves them three points clear at the top of the table in the Under-13s ‘A’ division having won all seven of their games so far. 

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