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25 March 2022 Venue Behind Closed Doors Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Crystal Palace Under-23s
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Brentford
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Match Preview: Crystal Palace Under-23 v Brentford B

Brentford B head to South

24 March 2022

Brentford B will face Crystal Place Under-23 on Friday in a behind closed doors fixture at Jersey Road with kick-off at 12noon.

The young Bees will be looking to build on their impressive from recently following their 1-0 victory over Hampton and Richmond Borough which saw them progress to the Final of the Middlesex Senior Cup. Since then, the side lost 4-0 against Wake Forest University and will be looking to make amends when they return to the field against Crystal Palace this Friday. Prior to defeat to Wake Forest, Brentford B had won three in a row.

LAST TIME OUT

Brentford B last faced Crystal Palace in August when they drew 1-1.

THE OPPOSITION

Crystal Palace Under-23s moved up to the Premier League Two Division One this summer after securing promotion in a penalty shoot-out against Sunderland in the division’s play-off final. The team have now stepped into the highest level of development football and are currently fifth in the 14-team league. They have gained ten wins and three draws from 22 games so far this season, including a 2-0 win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion and a 4-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur in the last month.

In charge of the side is Head Coach Paddy McCarthy who stepped up into the role this summer after managing the Under-18s team. McCarthy spent the pre-season with the first team before taking on the Under-23s. He has been a familiar face at the Eagles since he joined the club in 2008. He went on to play for the club until 2016 when he moved into management with the Academy.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Although Brentford were on the losing side in their last outing the score line wasn’t quite reflective of the entire match as Wake Forest University were clinical in front of goal. Brentford created some positive moments with Paris Maghoma going very close to getting on the scoresheet in the second half. Birthday boy and substitute Ryan Trevitt also hit an effort against the cross bar. The match also afforded the chance for the staff to take a look at some Trialists as well as give minutes to players who have not been involved too frequently of late. Roco Rees, Wraynel Hercules and Deji Sotona all earned good minutes during the game. This will have helped The Bees prepare for what is likely to be another strong opponent in Crystal Palace.  

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MATCH COVERAGE

We will not be able to provide a live stream of this fixture but we will provide a full report, post-match interviews and highlights of the game.

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Match Reports

Match Report and Match Highlights: Crystal Palace U23 0 Brentford B 1

Young Bees claim victory on the road

29 March 2022

Brentford B ran out 1-0 winners against Crystal Palace Under-23s in a behind closed doors fixture at their South London training ground on Friday afternoon.

The young Bees won the game with a first half goal from Nathan Young-Coombes, who notched his 28th of the season after some tenacious attacking play.

The B team controlled much of the game throughout and started the game confident in possession with some promising moments which threatened the Palace goal. On eight minutes Dom Jefferies crossed from the right and found Young-Coombes but the youngster’s effort was blocked for a corner as the side searched for an early opener. Ryan Trevitt also broke forward just before the 20-minute mark and he managed find Young-Coombes, who then fed it to Deji Sotona but the pass was just ahead of the youngster, who would have had a chance at goal.

An important tackle from Ben Hockenhull on 26 minutes ensured John Kymani-Gordon’s effort didn’t threaten Ben Winterbottom’s goal as he attempted a shot at the near post down the left. The home side then had a good chance from a corner but the ball was headed wide amongst a crowd of bodies.

Young-Coombes then saw a free-kick from the edge of the box go straight at the Palace keeper before Jude Russell, who joined The Bees last summer after departing Palace, did fantastically down the right to stand the ball up to the far post but Sotona was unable to keep his header on target.

Seven minutes before the break the opener came through Young-Coombes. With the ball at the keeper’s feet, the youngster charged him down and managed to win back possession before composing himself and slotting home into the far corner.

It could then have been two on the cusp of half-time when Trevitt saw his powerful drive from the edge of the box well saved by the Palace shot stopper.

The second half began with The Bees looking to further their advantage as Trevitt was once again involved when Jefferies pulled the ball back from the right, and despite it bouncing, the midfielder composed himself well before striking powerfully but it edged just over.

Jaakko Oksanen was next to try his luck as he hit a sho whicht went over and Sotona also shot from the edge of the box. Unfortunately he slipped at the final moment as the ball flashed wide of goal but it was nonetheless a dangerous attempt.

Palace could have levelled on 56 minutes when one of the midfielders did well to win the ball back from The Bees at the near post before crossing low but Kymani-Gordon was unable to convert at the far post as the ball flashed across goal.

A flicked effort at the far post from Tristan Crama could well have put Brentford further ahead but for a close range save from the keeper as he pushed the ball round the post. On 60 minutes First Team central defender Julian Jeanvier stepped up his return from injury as he played the final 30 minutes as he helped the side see out the game.

More chances fell when Young-Coombes fired over at the near post before another chance fell for Trevitt on 89 minutes but his curled effort flashed just over.

Brentford B: Winterbottom, Russell (Trialist, 75) Adedokun, Gordon, Hockenhull, Crama, Jefferies (Hercules, 82) Young-Coombes (Mpongo, 75) Trevitt, Sotona (Jeanvier, 60) Oksanen

Subs: Rees, Jones

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