Academy star Sullivan’s outstanding show
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