Brentford B got their Premier League Cup campaign off to a positive start as they beat Blackburn Rovers Under-21s 3-2 away from home on Tuesday evening.
Kyreece Lisbie scored late to give the side the win as he added to earlier goals from Alex Gilbert and Nico Jones in an entertaining encounter in the north west.
It was a positive start from the home side who had an early attempt through Harry Leonard when he was played in down the right. He looked to beat Matthew Cox low to the keeper’s left but the Brentford shot stopper pulled off a smart save as he got down well to push the ball away from danger. That preceded another attempt when Rovers counter-attacked through Dilan Markanday and his cross was shot wide by Leonard.
Following that first 20-minute period, Brentford began to settle into the game and they looked dangerous when Yehor Yarmoliuk turned well before threading the ball through to his midfield partner in Ryan Trevitt. The youngster then drove at goal before slotting the ball into the path of Alex Gilbert, but the ball was intercepted before he could pull the trigger.
On 38 minutes the opening goal did come and it was Neil MacFarlane’s side who went ahead. Some good play saw Lisbie found out on the left-hand side before he crossed low to the far post for captain Gilbert to slot home from close range to make it 1-0.
Just a couple of minutes had passed before Rovers had the chance to level when they were awarded a penalty following a foul by Charlie Farr at the far post. Leonard then stepped up to power an effort home to make it 1-1.
The first half had just seconds to play before Brentford went back in front and it came following an attacking free-kick. The ball into the box was recycled well before Lisbie tried his luck. The ball then deflected into the path of Jones who composed himself and finished from close range to give the side the lead at the interval.
Just eight minutes after the break, Blackburn drew level and it came through the dangerous Markanday. Following a Rovers counter the ball was played wide to left and the cross was perfect for the Blackburn winger to pop up and nod home to make it 2-2.
Conceding seemed to give the Bees fresh impetus as they began to see more and more of the ball and looked dangerous in attack. On 55 minutes Farr, who was a key outlet throughout down the right-hand side, charged down the wing before delivering a wicked cross to the far post but Lisbie was unable to connect cleanly and keep his effort on target.
Brentford then had a strong shout for a penalty just before the hour. After Gilbert was dispossessed in the box, Lisbie charged to meet the loose ball and went down whilst challenging with a defender. Despite the strong Bees claims for a spot kick, the referee adjudged the Brentford forward to have made the foul as Rovers were given a free-kick.
On 66 minutes a golden chance fell for Trevitt who was left with his head in his hands. Once again Farr did well as he recycled possession and crossed to the far post. Wonderful awareness from Lisbie saw him cushion the ball down first time into the path of Trevitt but his finish edged the wrong side of the post.
Brentford kept on pushing, though, and the goal came on 85 minutes when the pressure finally told. Good work from Isaac Holland saw him shoot low but his effort was saved by the Rovers keeper. It was then pushed into the path of the composed Lisbie, who knocked the ball round the shot stopper before slotting home to give Brentford all three points in Group D.
Blackburn Rovers: Khan , Costello, Cirino, Annesley, Pratt, Harlock, Markanday, Garrett, Leonard, Wood (Gamble, 69) Gent (Burns, 79)
Subs: Saadi , Montgomery
Brentford B: Cox, Farr, Adedokun, Waruih (Wilcox, 67), Crama, Jones, Yarmoliuk (Holland, 79) Lisbie (Yogane, 87), Gilbert, Trevitt, Pruti
Subs not used: Tavaziva, Trialist