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Match Preview: Brentford B v Grasshopper Zürich Under-21s
The young Bees are back in action today at Jersey Road
5 December 2019
Brentford B are swiftly back in action today as they welcome Grasshopper Club Zürich Under-21s to Jersey Road in a 1pm kick-off.
The young Bees are in good form of late and go into the match off the back of an impressive 7-1 win over Harrow Borough in the London Senior Cup in midweek.
A hat-trick from Gustav Mogensen, two from Joe Adams as well as goals from Arthur Read and Jaden Brissett gave Neil MacFarlane’s side the win at Earlsmead and having also beaten the likes of AFC Wimbledon and Celtic reserves recently, The Bees have reason to be confident.
The match represents another very different test for Brentford B as the players look to continue their development against a whole host of different opposition.
The sides actually met in September last year when The Bees travelled to Switzerland before taking on their Swiss counterparts in two matches, the first of which Brentford were beaten 3-1 before the sides played a couple of days later and The Bees made amends with a 2-0 win.
The friendly against the Swiss side is open to the public so you can come along to watch the youngsters in action as they look to continue their positive run. Access to our Jersey Road training ground is from 12pm.
Match Report and Match Action: Brentford B 1 Grasshopper Club Zürich Under-21 1
Young Bees draw in Jersey Road friendly
9 December 2019
A Jaden Brissett penalty earned Brentford B a draw against Grasshopper Club Zürich Under-21s in a friendly at Jersey Road.
The winger’s spot kick cancelled out a stunning strike from Kevin Monzialo but neither side was able to edge in front.
It was Brentford who would have the first chance of the afternoon when Fredrik Hammar tried his luck, but despite finding himself in a bit of space, he fired over.
It would be the away side who would find the net first, though, and they did it in style when Monzialo was afforded room before unleashing a vicious effort which beat Patrik Gunnarsson in the Brentford goal from the edge of the box.
Brissett would then have his first attempt just moments later when he darted down the right before cutting inside and shooting powerfully, but for a save by Marvin Keller in the Zürich goal.
Brentford would be given a penalty just after the half hour mark when Hammar got inside the area before finding space and shooting, but for a stray hand which saw the Zürich defender block the shot and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.
Brissett would then step up to convert the penalty to make it 11 Brentford B goals for the season as he slotted the ball into the right-hand corner.
Cole Dasilva and Hammar would have more shots towards goal before the break but neither were able to find the net.
Fabio Fehr would have two quickfire attempts after the break, the first of which was well saved by Gunnarsson before his second shot was side footed just wide of the post following good play down the left.
Just after the hour mark the away side went inches from going back ahead when Max Mata controlled fantastically before he curled an effort towards the top corner but for the post as The Bees managed to clear the rebound.
The two Brentford full backs in Tom Field and Dasilva would also go close for the home side, but for the former to have his driven shot blocked and Dasilva’s low effort whistled just wide of goal.
A couple of late Kane O’Connor clearances would be the end of the action as the match finished even.
Brentford B: Gunnarsson, Field, Mitchell, O’Connor, Koutsimouka, C. Dasilva, Brissett (Adams, 63), Coote (Oksanen, 55), Hammar, Trialist (Trialist, 45), Majka Subs not used: Tsaroulla, Andersson, Titov, Mogensen Booked: Mitchell