Academy star Sul­li­van’s out­stand­ing show

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HARE­FIELD Academy stu­dent Ben Sul­li­van was out­stand­ing as Mid­dle­sex U14s staged a dra­matic come­back which was just not enough in a seven-goal thriller against Sur­rey at the week­end.

Mid­dle­sex at­tacked the hosts from the off and were awarded a penalty when Gareth Baleko­moso was pushed in the box, but Reece Weekes’ spot kick was saved.

Fol­low­ing that let-off, Sur­rey surged for­ward to score two goals in quick suc­ces­sion.

Mid­dle­sex pulled one back when Michael Ad­jei put in striker Ali Alanez­ito head home.

Sur­rey in­creased their lead af­ter the break, but Kyle Mathew un­leashed an un­stop­pable thun­der­bolt rocket from an acute an­gle into the top cor­ner to make it 3-2, then Alanezi nipped in skill­fully to toe-poke the ball home to equalise five min­utes from time.

The stage was set for a dra­matic win­ner, but un­for­tu­nately it went to the hosts, who counter-at­tacked and scored with the last kick of the game.

Coach Chris Am­pofo said: “The team showed great courage and team spirit to­day.

“They showed that they can now com­pete with any­one.

“The group has gelled and im­proved with ev­ery game and will be even stronger next sea­son.”

This fol­lowed hot on the heels of a 4-0 win over In­ner Lon­don, in which Hare­field Academy stu­dent Razhir Smith-Jones was among the scor­ers.

UN­LUCKY: Ben Sul­li­van ended up on the los­ing side

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