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31 August 2018 Venue Vitality Stadium Attendance

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AFC Bournemouth U23
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Brentford

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5-3-2
  • 1
    Jordan Holmes
    GK
  • 2
    Charlie Seaman
    DF
  • 6
    Corey Jordan
    DF
  • 4
    Sam Sherring
    DF
  • 5
    Tyler Cordner
    DF
  • 3
    Ryan Glover
    DF
  • 7
    Frank Vincent
    MF
  • 8
    Nnamdi Ofoborh
    MF
  • 10
    Jaidon Anthony
    MF
  • 9
    Keelan O'Connell
    FW
  • 11
    Alex Dobre
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Trialist-GK
    SUB
  • 12
    James Boote
    SUB
  • 14
    Gavin Kilkenny
    SUB
  • 15
    Tyrell Hamilton
    SUB
  • 16
    Shaun Hobson
    SUB
  • 17
    Trialist-MF
    SUB
  • 18
    Tom Hanfrey
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Carl Fletcher

4-3-3
  • 1
    Patrik Gunnarsson
    GK
  • 2
    Moses Odubajo
    DF
  • 4
    Mads Bech Sørensen
    DF
  • 5
    Canice Carroll
    DF
  • 3
    Nikolaj Kirk
    DF
  • 6
    Jaakko Oksanen
    MF
  • 8
    Ali Coote (C)
    MF
  • 10
    Reece Cole
    MF
  • 7
    David Titov
    FW
  • 9
    Joe Hardy
    FW
  • 11
    Kolbeinn Finnsson
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Trialist-GK
    SUB
  • 12
    Luka Racic
    SUB
  • 17
    Trialist-FW
    SUB
  • 18
    Jan Zamburek
    SUB
  • 19
    Jonny Mitchell
    SUB
  • 20
    Jarvis Edobor
    SUB
  • 24
    Cole Dasilva
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kevin O'Connor

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Match Previews

Match Preview: AFC Bournemouth U23 vs Brentford B

Bees face Cherries rematch at Vitality Stadium

30 August 2018

Tomorrow night, Friday 31 August, Brentford B face AFC Bournemouth U23 in a rematch of their last encounter just 10 days ago. It's a 7pm kick-off at the Vitality Stadium on the south coast and supporters are welcome to attend.

The Opposition

After playing previous seasons in The Central League, the Bournemouth youth squads have opted out of playing in a league system this season. Like Brentford B, they have opted to organise their own schedule and fly around Europe competing against teams from other countries.

Bournemouth Under-18s already followed this structure towards the end of last season, flying out to Italy for games against AC Milan and Sampdoria Under-19 squads during March.

This year they have entered two cup competitions; The Hampshire Senior Cup and the Premier League Cup. The PL Cup saw them advance all the way to the Last 16 last term, losing out to Newcastle 3-2 in March.

This year they have been drawn in Group C of the opening round, pitting them against; Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley.

Before last Tuesday, Brentford B had played this squad twice, in August and November 2017. The first game ended in a 2-0 win for Brentford B, Herson Rodrigues Alves and Justin Shaibu scoring for The Bees. The second match was a 3-0 defeat for O'Connor's side; Connor Mahoney, Mikael Ndjoli and Sam Sherring on the scoresheet.

Last week, Marcus Forss and Reece Cole scored to send Brentford past their opponents with a 2-1 win. The full match report is online now, and is available to read here. Previous match highlights are also viewable right here.

Opposition Boss

In charge since January 2014, former Bournemouth and Wales player Carl Fletcher is the Head Coach of the youth squad. He was a midfielder in his career, making more than 400 appearances in league football. The 38-year-old's time was split mostly between Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Plymouth Argyle.

In 2012, he hung up his boots to focus on coaching. That was until he made a brief comeback for Barnet in the 2013/14 season. Since the end of that campaign, he has been on the staff at AFCB.

Brentford B

The Bees lost their opening game of the regular season, then won their second. All that after a pre-season that included completing the Three Peaks Challenge in England, Scotland and Wales.

The pre-season fixtures themselves saw them lose 2-1 to Southampton at Jersey Road. The two previous fixtures had also been narrow 1-0 defeats to both Oxford United and West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies deployed Gareth Barry, Sam Johnstone and Nigel Reo-Coker but only managed a single-goal victory in the West Midlands.

For this match, the B team will still be without Henrik Johansson and Jan Zamburek. Swedish winger Henrik is still out injured, while Czech midfielder Jan is away with an international training camp.

Pre-Match Feature

We spoke to B Team captain Ali Coote earlier this week to look ahead to the match on Friday evening. He told us about his season, the Cherries rematch and what to expect from Brentford B in the next few months.

Match Coverage

Full match highlights will be available after the game on the Club's YouTube Channel. Live updates will be available via Twitter (@brentfordfc) and behind the scenes coverage can be found on Brentford B's dedicated Instagram Channel @brentfordbteam.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Bournemouth U23 0 Brentford B 3

Hardy and Coote strike in Bees victory

31 August 2018

Brentford B beat AFC Bournemouth Under-23s 3-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Friday evening. Ali Coote scored in the first half, before Joe Hardy and a Ryan Glover own goal completed the scoring.

Moses Odubajo made his second start for the side and managed an hour on his way back to full fitness. Patrik Gunnarsson managed to hold on to his first clean sheet of the season, working hard for it until the final seconds with a save on the line in added time.

Ali Coote scored for The Bees in the space of three minutes. Tackling the ball from a defender, he played a quick one-two with Hardy before slotting the ball under the keeper and into the net.

The Cherries went straight down the other end and Jaidon Anthony had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside. 

Anthony then crossed low into the box from the right, where Alex Dobre got low to nod the ball towards goal. It dropped narrowly wide of the far post.

Just before 20 minutes, Kolbeinn Finnsson drilled a ball across the box, which missed Hardy by a matter of inches and ran off for a goal-kick. Hardy had another chance just five minutes later but it lacked power and the keeper was able to cling to it.

Moments later, Reece Cole could have scored when he met a volley with power on the edge of the box. After Finnsson played it in, Cole met it sweetly and blasted the ball towards the goal, but the keeper was in the way and it cannoned back out.

WIth half an hour gone, The Cherries should have levelled things. Coote played a weak backpass behind him, which was intercepted by Dobre. He ran towards goal, chopped to the left and shot just wide of the target.

With 35 minutes gone, Finnsson got himself in from the right wing and curled a shot left-footed towards the goal. It took a deflection on its way through and dropped narrowly wide of the left post.

Just before the break, Gunnarsson had to be quick to stop an almost certain goal from Anthony. The winger got himself space to shoot inside the penalty area, took aim and fired with power towards the roof of the net. The Icelandic keeper got his arms up quickly to parry the shot and it was then cleared long.

With seconds to go before the break, Canice Carroll got himself out of a tricky situation with a perfectly-timed tackle to prevent a three-on-two at the back. The Cherries had a man over when Carroll made his move, racing on to the ball and clearing it with the look of a seasoned defender. 

Just after the restart, Hardy might have had a penalty. Getting contact in the box, he showed honesty to remain standing and got a shot away. The keeper easily caught the ball but the defender was lucky to get away with one.

With 55 minutes on the clock, the sprinklers came on and forced a stoppage while the ground staff turned them off. Brentford B doubled their lead soon after.

On the hour, Hardy made it two. Flicking on a corner from Jaakko Oksanen at the near post, the ball looped over the keeper and found the net at the far post. His first goal of the season, it put the team well and truly in control of the tie.

The third goal sealed it late into the second period. A curling shot from Nikolaj Kirk was heading wide before Ryan Glover swiped at it in mid-air. He connected with the ball, but it spun off and found the back of the net.

In the last minute, Carroll hit a shot from distance that blasted its way through a crowd of players. Goalkeeper Jordan Holmes threw himself down to parry the ball wide. 

In the final minute of added time, Bournemouth's Tyler Cordner nodded one towards goal from a free-kick sent over the top. Gunnarsson got himself down to parry the ball away with his right arm, preserving his clean sheet right at the end of the game. 


AFCB U23: Holmes; Seaman, Jordan (Kilkenny 72), Sherring (Hobson 66), Cordner, Glover (Hanfrey 82); Vincent (Boote 66), Ofoborh, Anthony (Trialist-MF); O'Connell, Dobre

Brentford B: Gunnarsson; Odubajo (Dasilva 60), Carroll, Sorensen (Edobor 74), Kirk; Oksanen, Coote (Zamburek 74), Cole (Racic 60); Titov (Trialist-FW 79), Hardy (Mitchell 82), Finnsson

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