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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

25 February 2020 Venue Kingsmeadow Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

AFC Wimbledon
2 - 2
(Pens 4 - 5)
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Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Brentford B

A look ahead to this afternoon's match in the London Senior Cup

25 February 2020

Brentford B travel to AFC Wimbledon this afternoon in the quarter-final of the London Senior Cup at Kingsmeadow in a 2pm kick-off.

The young Bees haven’t been in action since 14 February against PC39 Academy having had their semi-final of the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup with Wealdstone postponed until Monday 16 March.

Nonetheless, Neil MacFarlane’s side have been hard at work at Jersey Road to make their preparations as they target another semi-final appearance this season.

Supporters who wish to come and cheer on The Bees at Kingsmeadow can gain access with tickets priced at £5 for all spectators to gain entry to the match.

Brentford B have been in wonderful scoring form so far in this competition having put six goals past Beckenham Town back in September last year, before they beat Harrow Borough 7-1 a couple of months later.

That sets up the quarter-final tie with the League One side, who opened their cup campaign with a 6-5 win on penalties following a goalless draw with Metropolitan Police back in early October. In December they would travel to Cray Valley where they played out a seven-goal thriller, coming out on top with Finlay Macnab’s header proving the difference between the two sides.

This competition has often given minutes to the younger members within the Wimbledon set up and we are likely to see the young Bees come up against a number of under-23 and under-18 players rather than the Dons’ first team as they continue to focus their attentions on staying clear of relegation from Sky Bet League One.

The Dons have also been competing in the Central League Cup where they have entered a Reserve side this season, with recent results seeing them fall to a narrow 2-1 defeat to Leyton Orient Reserves before they thumped Southend’s Reserves 5-1 away from home in early February.

Their most recent match a week ago saw the side welcome an experienced MK Dons XI, and they were beaten 3-2 with Tommy Wood and Troy Chiabi netting for AFC Wimbledon in the narrow defeat.

This is not the first meeting between the two sides this season as Brentford B made the trip to Kingsmeadow back in November last year and picked up an impressive 3-1 win in a behind closed doors friendly.

The Dons, who fielded a strong XI against Neil MacFarlane’s team, actually went ahead through Joe Pigott, but two strikes from Ali Coote and a Jaden Brissett finish was enough to ensure The Bees claimed victory.

The winners of the tie will progress to the semi-finals to face Erith Town, who secured their place with a 2-1 win over Tooting and Mitcham United.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Action: AFC Wimbledon 2 Brentford B 2 (4-5 Pens)

Bees progress in London Senior Cup with penalty shootout win

28 February 2020

Brentford B secured a 5-4 penalty shootout win over AFC Wimbledon to progress to the semi-final of the London Senior Cup following a 2-2 draw in 90 minutes.

Two Aaron Pressley goals during the match preceded penalty conversions from Christian Tue Jensen, Jaakko Oksanen, Dom Thompson, Pressley and Dru Yearwood, as the young Bees confirmed their second semi-final of the season.

The Brentford B line up featured two members of the first team squad in Dru Yearwood and Dom Thompson who started at Kingsmeadow as the young Bees aimed to seal themselves a second semi-final of the season having already progressed to the same stage in the Middlesex FA Senior Challenge Cup.

As for the home side, they fielded five first team players, which made for an entertaining affair.

It was Wimbledon who perhaps made the stronger start to the game as Dylan Adjei-Hersey had the ball in the net with a clever finish but for the offside flag to rule out the goal.

Brentford B then began to see more of the ball on 20 minutes, and they began to threaten down the right-hand side as Matej Majka drove forwards before slipping the ball back for Yearwood who poked wide of goal.

Pressley would then have his first attempt when Adams did well to cross with his left foot before the forward got on the end of it, but for a good save from Nathan Trott who rushed out to deny him.

Just before the half hour mark the young Bees would go ahead when excellent pressure from Fredrik Hammar saw him force the home side into a defensive error before the ball fell to Pressley who swept a left footed effort home.

Nathan Shepperd would be forced into a smart save moments before half-time when a cross to the far post from the right saw Paul Kalambayi shoot from close range, but credit to the Welshman, who was out quickly to make the stop.

The home side would dominate the opening period after the break, and they almost levelled when Finlay MacNab headed just wide of goal after a dangerous cross on 48 minutes. Shepperd would be called into action again when the ball fell kindly for MacNab to thump a volley at goal, but once again, the young keeper wouldn’t be beaten as he pushed the ball over.

With 20 minutes to go Wimbledon would have the chance to level things when Japhet Sery Larsen tripped a Wimbledon attacker as he darted into the box before substitute Zach Robinson converted the resulting spot kick.

It would get worse five minutes later when the home side would take the lead. An excellent cross in from the left-hand side found MacNab who guided a header into the far corner past Shepperd.

With just four minutes to go the young Bees showed excellent character to wrestle themselves back into the tie as Joe Adams, deployed at right back on the day, crossed low for Pressley to slip the ball home at the near post to make it 2-2.

With the game tied at 90 minutes the young Bees would score all five of their penalties as Robinson put his effort over Shepperd’s goal.

Brentford B will now face Erith Town in the semi-final of the competition with a date and time to be announced in due course.

AFC Wimbledon: Trott, Ogundere, Guinness-Walker, Madelin, Currie, Kalambayi (Robinson, 60) Biler, Adjei-Hersey (Olanyian, 88) Lamy, Roscrow (Frimpong, 60) MacNab
Subs not used: Cox

Brentford B: Shepperd, O'Connor, Thompson, Yearwood, Sery Larsen, Oksanen, Adams, Maghoma (Read, 64), Pressley, Majka (Tsaroulla, 84) Hammar (Tue Jensen, 84)
Subs not used: Andersson, Koutsimouka

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