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14 November 2021 Venue Koukia Community Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Pafos FC v Brentford B

A look ahead to Brentford B's first match in Cyprus

13 November 2021

Brentford B get their 2021 Korantina Homes Cup campaign under way on Sunday morning when they take on Pafos FC at Kouklia Community Stadium in an 11am kick-off local time.

The young Bees have flown to Cyprus to take part in the three-match tournament where they could come up against senior opponents from Cyprus, Russia, Latvia and Spain.

Brentford B have been put into Group A alongside Pafos FC and Rodina Moscow. In the Group stage each team will play two games and wherever the team places in the group come the end of the two matches, they will play against the team that finished in the same position in the other group. For example, if Brentford B were to record two wins and top their group, they would then play the winner of Group B in a final game.

TEAM NEWS

The young Bees have a slightly trimmed squad to choose from with players such as Nathan Shepperd, Joe Adams, Daniel Oyegoke, Matt Cox and Val Adedokun all away on international duty, however Neil MacFarlane and his staff still have a strong squad to select from. Nathan Young-Coombes, who netted for a Brentford XI earlier this week, will be aiming for more goals whilst the defensive back line will look to build on some good performances in recent weeks.

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ABOUT PAFOS FC

Pafos play in the Cypriot First Division and go into the game following a 1-0 defeat away against Anorthosis and they currently sit in ninth place. They’ve had some mixed results of late as they beat PAEEK, lost to Apollon and drew 1-1 with Olympiakos Nicosia and Doxa.

LAST TIME WE MET

The sides last met back in March 2020 at the Stelios Kyriakides Stadium where the B Team won 6-0 with goals from Jaden Brissett (2), Matej Majka, Fredrik Hammar, Arthur Read and Nick Tsaroulla.

HOW CAN I WATCH THE GAME?

The tournament organisers hold the coverage rights for the fixtures therefore they will provide a stream of each match. These will be behind a paywall and we will ensure supporters get access to the streaming link prior to kick-off. The cost is 4.99 euros per match or you can purchase all three games for 13.99 euros. If you happen to be in Cyprus or intend to head out to support the young Bees, you can gain access to the matches free of charge.

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Match Reports

Pafos FC 5 Brentford B 1

Young Bees beaten in tournament opener

14 November 2021

Brentford B were beaten in their first match of the Korantina Homes Cup 5-1 by Pafos FC.

The young Bees came up against a vastly experienced Pafos side with the likes of former Premier League player Jason Puncheon often dictating things from midfield for the Cypriot team.

It was a difficult first half for Brentford B as they conceded four goals but their heads certainly didn’t drop as they put in a battling second half display.

The home team began quickly in sweltering conditions in Cyprus. Puncheon had a chance of his own on eight minutes but he fired just over from the edge of the box.

On 14 minutes Pafos took the lead through Franko Kovasevic after he managed to cut in from the right, and to his credit, he sent a stinging shot past Ben Winterbottom in the Brentford goal. An intense first half then saw the Cypriot side double their advantage when the ball was squared to Douglas Aurelio and he swept home with precision.

Just before the 30-minute mark Pafos had the chance to make it 3-0 when they broke, and as the forward managed to dart past Ben Winterbottom, he fouled him whilst trying to claim the ball and the referee pointed to the spot. Kovasevic then stepped up to convert with calmness.

The Bees were then forced into an early change as Jude Russell limped off before Pafos made it 4-0 through Khabib Abdusalamov. Brentford then had a chance to pull a goal back just before the break when Young-Coombes was fouled in the box. The striker stepped up to take the spot kick but his thumping effort was well saved going into the break.

Disappointed with how the first half went, the side came back out after the interval with a determination to do themselves proud and battle back into the game. An early chance fell when Young-Coombes threaded a ball forward for Ryan Trevitt to slide an effort wide of goal first time.

The side began to see more of the ball and afforded Pafos little throughout the second half. A good chance came when the high press caught the Cypriot side out before the ball found Dom Jefferies, who shot well, but he was pulled back for straying just offside.

Brentford B got on the scoresheet 20 minutes from time when Young-Coombes had another chance to score from the spot. This time, he managed to convert as the side deservedly got one back to make it 4-1. With all of the pressing and hard work to find another the side were caught on the counter a few minutes from time as Kevin Berigaud got on the end of a ball forward before holding off Nico Jones and slotting past Winterbottom. The young Bees will look to dust themselves down and go again as they face Rodina Moscow on Wednesday next week.

Brentford B: Winterbottom. Russell (Hercules, 32) Gordon, Racic (Crama, 67) Hockenhull, Jones, Jefferies, Young-Coombes, Brook, Trevitt (Trialist, 67) Syla
Subs not used: Trialist

Pafos FC: Rudko, J Aurelio, Palalios, Basric, Pasic, Puncheon, Da Silva, Kovasevic, D Aurelio, Abdousalamov
Subs: Antosch, Fylachtov, Dragomir, Babayan, Jovanovic, Spontas, Papastylianou, Berigaud, Foor

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