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Kick off 10:00 (UK)

02 March 2020 Venue Stelios Kyriakides Stadium Attendance

Kick off 10:00 (UK)

Pafos FC
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Match Preview: Pafos FC v Brentford B

Young Bees set for tough test in Cyprus

1 March 2020

Brentford B will take on Pafos FC in Cyprus tomorrow at the Stelios Kyriakides Stadium in a 12pm kick-off local time (10:00am GMT.)

The young Bees, who have already spent time in the likes of France, Portugal and Austria so far in 2020, are in Paphos to continue their hard work following progression to the London Senior Cup semi-final earlier this week.

The match is set to provide another tough test for Neil MacFarlane’s team as they take on a side who sit in the top tier of Cypriot football.

The young Bees will take on a Pafos side who play in the Cyta Championship, in which 12 teams compete in the league. The teams play each other twice before the season enters a second round where teams placed between first and sixth play-off to win the title and qualification for European competition. This means the remaining teams between 7th and 12th compete to avoid relegation. Teams who win the league qualify for the UEFA Champions League whilst the runner-up and the team which finished 3rd enter the UEFA Europa League.

Pafos FC currently occupy 7th in the league table and recently beat APOEL 2-0 at home before travelling to Doxa and winning 4-0 on Saturday 29 February.

Neil MacFarlane will be returning to Pafos, a club he worked at under Steven Pressley prior to returning to England and eventually taking the role as Brentford B Head Coach.

Brentford B have a strong number of players to choose from with 21 players having made the trip to Cyprus ahead of the game which will then see high intensity training take place for the rest of the week.

The club endeavour to provide full coverage of Monday’s fixture and up to date information will be posted across the club’s social media channels prior to the game.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Action: Pafos FC 0 Brentford B 6

Young Bees put on ruthless display in Cyprus

5 March 2020

Brentford B picked up an impressive 6-0 win over Pafos FC in their first match in Cyprus.

The young Bees put in a ruthless showing as they raced to a five-goal lead during the first half with two goals from Jaden Brissett, and with Matej Majka, Fredrik Hammar and Arthur Read all netting in the first 45 minutes before a Nick Tsaroulla penalty made it six midway through the second period.

The Brentford high press caused issues for the home side right from the start as the likes of Majka, Aaron Pressley and Brissett himself proving a real nuisance for the Cypriot side. In fact, the pressing of Majka almost led to the opening goal as he closed down the keeper to win possession before his shot was well saved.

More pressure would follow, and that opening goal arrived on 12 minutes when the keeper was forced into an error as he passed the ball straight to Majka who played a one-two with Read before slotting low into the net.

Brentford B would double their lead just three minutes later, and this time it came from a set piece, when a Jaakko Oksanen wide free-kick was whipped into the box for Hammer to slot home from close range.

More chances would fall when the dangerous Joe Adams on the right-hand side slipped a ball inside to Read who fed Brissett to shoot powerfully low from just inside the box, but he was denied by the keeper.

Just before the half hour mark the young Bees would notch their third and Brissett’s first as he managed to find space in the box to tap home from Majka’s wonderful cross from the right. That would be the youngster’s first goal since returning from an injury layoff which occurred against Rangers back in December last year.

Read would then get in on the act just under 10 minutes later in what was a rampant period for the young Bees as they managed to keep a cross alive before the ball fell to the midfielder who curled the ball with his left foot low into the corner.

Three minutes later Brissett would get his second of the afternoon when he dribbled into the area after some good build up play before he unleashed a powerful effort which beat the keeper.

Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane then made eight changes on the hour mark, and despite that, the game continued with the young Bees dominating much of the play.

A Dom Thompson powerful drive would precede Nick Tsaroulla’s similar effort which cannoned off the post before the latter got his name on the scoresheet when he converted a penalty after Aaron Pressley was tripped in the box.

More possession for Brentford B would see them control much of the closing moments, and they almost made it seven when Tsaroulla had his effort saved, whilst Paris Maghoma saw his powerful free-kick well blocked, as the young Bees made an excellent start to their stay in Cyprus.

Pafos FC: Petrou, Antoniou. Andreas, Theodosiou, Trialist, Goddard, Manromatis, Olivero, Angulo, Nemec, Rakels
Subs: Gergiou, Zanonos, Urituos, Paulon, Ali, Reynolds, Jovanovic

Brentford B: Shepperd (Andersson, 60), O'Connor (Koutsimouka, 60), Thompson, Read (Maghoma, 60), Sery Larsen (Mitchell, 60), Oksanen, Adams (Tue Jensen, 60), Hammar (Tsaroulla, 60), Pressley (Adams, 80), Majka (Trialist, 60), Brissett (Titov, 60)

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