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.
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Great coverage from CNJ of last season’s u12s/next season’s U13s’ Camden Unity Cup victory!
by STEVE BARNET
THE silverware chase continued on Saturday as the cream of Camden and Islington’s footballers flocked to Regent’s Park for another day of cup finals and title deciders.
Following on from our March 17 picture special, meet four more teams who celebrated a trophy triumph on Saturday in the Camden and Regent’s Park Youth League.
Youngsters from Kentish Town Football Academy added more silverware to the shelf by coming from a goal down to beat Pro Touch Soccer Academy 2-1 in the Under-12s League Cup final.
Town pulled level when one of Max Leach’s Rory Delap-style long throws into the box resulted in Denny Smith rifling the ball home from close range.
With penalties looming, another of Leach’s testing-torpedo throw-ins was cleared to Smith, who fed the ball to Oscar Del Toro.
Del Toro sent in a pinpoint ball across the face of the goal, where Ylli Nici was waiting to smash home the winner.
More at http://www.camdennewjournal.com/silverwarechasers
Published: 21 January, 2016
by STEVE BARNET
MOVE over Ledley King, there’s a new record-breaking goal-grabber in town.
The former Spurs captain went down in history when he scored after just 10 seconds for Tottenham in their Premier League game against Bradford City back in December 2000.
But on Saturday, speedy striker Conor Campbell bagged the fastest goal ever recorded in the Camden and Regent’s Park Youth League when he netted just six seconds into Kentish Town Football Academy’s Under-11s League Cup quarter-final.
What made Conor’s feat even more remarkable was that it was opponents Pro Touch Soccer Academy who kicked off the match!
A COFFEE bar boss has struck a sponsorship deal with a Kentish Town football club aiming to keep sport “accessible to all”.
The Fields Beneath, in Prince of Wales Road, will see its name on the kit of Kentish Town Football Academy throughout 2015-2016 season.
Gavin Fernback, who runs the café, said he had been impressed by how training fees were kept unusually low so that players from all backgrounds can access high-quality coaching.
“KTFA officials told me how most clubs in the area cost between £500 and £1,000 a season but that they manage to charge only £100,” said Mr Fernback, a lapsed Spurs fan…
A fantastic feature in this week’s Ham&High, including an interview with Kentish Town head coach, TJ O’Leary
Kentish Town keep costs down but still win junior title
Brilliant pictures and write up of Kentish Town’s 2014/15 league titles in this week’s CNJ!
Trophies galore as football Youth League wraps up for the season
Kentish Town’s triumphant team were also celebrating following their semi-final win over Independent FC in the London FA Cup.
Reece McCluskey opened the scoring before Patrick Morley scored the goal-of-the-game with a 25-yard screamer.
Solly Hamilton also got on the scoresheet to wrap up a resounding 3-0 victory, and set up a final against either Edmonton Youth or Clapham Rangers next month.
Manager TJ O’Leary, who also coaches Chelsea Ladies, said he couldn’t be happier after seeing his side earn a deserved place in the final.
“I’m very proud of all the boys. The toughest thing for me was choosing which 10 players from the group to leave out of the semi-final.
“We’ve got such a strong squad, and obviously we couldn’t play everyone.
“This team has now remained unbeaten for over two years, so expectations were high. They have delivered time and time again.
“They are a great bunch of players to work with and I love every training session.
“Everyone at the club is looking forward to the boys’ showcasing their talent in the final. I will be proud of them whatever the outcome is.”
Full story HERE
HOT-SHOT Jayden Bailey-Jennings was a hat-trick hero on Saturday as Kentish Town FC stormed into the final four of the London Cup with a resounding 8-1 victory over rivals LOASS.
Team-mates Denny Smith and Oscar Del Torto both bagged a brace, while Sol Hamilton was also on target as the Under-11s side put in a performance that manager TJ O’Leary described as being “beyond their years”.
“I have been very impressed by the team, who have yet to concede a single goal in the Camden and Regent’s Park League this season,” said TJ.
“They haven’t lost a game in the league for over two-and-a-half years.
“The most impressive thing for me is the football they play, which is very high-tempo attacking with combinations that are way beyond their years.”
Full story HERE
It took penalties to separate the finalists (pictured below) in the Under-10s [Capital 5s] Cup as Kentish Town United (dark blue) took on club-mates Kentish Town Athletic.
United took the lead through Denny Smith, but Sol Hamilton soon levelled the scores for Athletic to set-up another shoot-out. Smith, Malakai Hamilton and Benji Wells all scored for United, while their goalkeeper, Arlo Doherty, also made a stunning save to seal a thrilling cup victory.
Full story HERE