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Reds’ revenge in districts derby clash

After losing to their neighbours earlier in the year, Islington enjoy emphatic win over Camden

02 May, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Islington’s primary schools district football team beat rivals Camden 4-0

FOOTBALLERS from across Camden and Islington had plenty of reason to celebrate on Saturday as St Aloysius Playing Fields hosted an afternoon of history and sweet revenge.

Islington’s primary schools district football team gained retribution over their Camden counterparts as they beat their neighbouring rivals in the semi-final of the Inner London County Schools FA Kay Trophy.

Back in February it was Camden who were celebrating after they beat Islington 3-1 to effectively knock them out of the Lester Finch Trophy. This time around, however, things were very different as Islington wrapped up a 4-0 win at the pitches in Highgate.

The mighty Reds took the lead within two minutes when Louis Moncrieffe unleashed a superb dipping shot from 30 yards. Ninety seconds later it was 2-0 after Ubaidah Rahman picked out Said Mariche, who showed great composure to convert. Mariche grabbed his second from the penalty spot following a handball, before completing his hat-trick with an exquisite volley after latching on to Jake Quinn’s well-flighted corner.

Islington’s Jeremy Antwi (left) and Camden’s AJ Webb

“It was a really excellent performance from the boys, scoring four and keeping a clean sheet,” beamed their manager Michael MacNeill. “It was almost the perfect execution of a gameplan.

“The most pleasing aspect was the work we did in denying Camden space to play in areas that mattered. It was the little things we did well, like fantastic recovery runs.”

Islington will play either Hackney or Lewisham in the final – a date is still to be confirmed.

Rivalries were cast aside as the joint Islington and Camden Under-14s team etched their place in the history books by winning the Middlesex Schools Football League Bower Cup for the first time since 1964. The borough’s boys beat West London 6-0 to retain the league title that they won last season as Under-13s – an achievement that came with the Compton Cup. On paper the game against West London – the only team to have beaten Islington and Camden this season – should have been a closely fought affair in which the winners were crowned champions.

Said Mariche and Louis Moncrieffe

But hat-trick hero Marley Wilson-Braithwaite had other ideas.

The star striker opened the scoring with a fantastic effort, controlling the ball on his thigh before turning the defender and curling home from 25 yards. Ruben Ulloa doubled the advantage with a thunderous long-range effort, before Wilson-Braithwaite struck again to make it 3-0 at the break.

Teddy Shields headed home Billy Osborne’s inch-perfect cross to make it 4-0. Ulloa then scored the goal of the game as he added the finishing touch to a sweeping passing move, that ended with him curling the ball home with a first-time effort into the top corner.

The celebrations didn’t stop there with Wilson-Braithwaite then completing his hat-trick, beating two defenders before rounding the keeper to make it six and secure the title in stunning style.

The joint Islington and Camden Under-14s team won the Middlesex Schools Football League Bower Cup

Manager Marc Stocking, who runs the team with Paul Subaran, said. “The boys were fantastic today. It was probably our best performance of the season. All of the goals we scored were top quality, every player was 10 out of 10. I also want to congratulate the other boys in the squad that didn’t make the team today. It’s been a good season and every single player has played his part in making it a successful one. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Islington and Camden’s Under-12s district team were also celebrating after winning away at Croydon 3-2 following extra-time to reach the semi-finals of the London Cup.

The visitors twice took the lead courtesy of goals from Jesse Aldridge and Rahmel Ellington, but on both occasions opponents Croydon hit back to level the scores. In the end it was Ellington who netted the winner.

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