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22 September 2014

Betinho's strike secures deserved point for Development Squad

Betinho's first goal in Brentford colours ensured a share of the spoils for Jon De Souza's side in their Under-21 Professional Development League Two South game against Sheffield Wednesday at Jersey Road this afternoon.
The Portuguese striker had already struck a post in the first-half before, 20 minutes from time, he controlled Montell Moore's cross on his chest, swiveled and fired home from eight yards.
That goal cancelled out Matt Penney's fabulous strike which had given Wednesday the lead against the run of play midway through the second-half.
Following last week's defeat to Colchester United, which saw The Bees let a 2-0 lead slip to lose 3-2, Jon's side had four alterations to it for the visit of The Owls.
Under-18s goalkeeper Nik Tzanev replaced Mark Smith while First-Team players Tony Craig, Jon Toral and Betinho all came into the starting XI.
It was The Bees who started the game far the brighter dominating possession and territory in the opening stages but without creating much in the way of goalscoring chances.
With Louis Hutton sitting deeper allowing Toral, Moore and Charlie Adams to break forward Wednesday's defence were spending much of the opening stages defending on the edge of their area.
Despite that domination it was the visitors who fashioned the first chance as Will De Havilland headed over from close range from an in-swinging corner.
Nik Tzanev turned a free-kick from Mani Dieseruvwe over his bar and from the resulting corner Ryan Croasdale whipped a shot just over the bar from 18 yards.
For all the intricate passing football that Brentford had been playing their first real chance of the game came from a lightening fast counter-attack.
Bradley Clayton picked out Betinho with a fine slide-rule pass from inside his own half but, with only Joe Wildsmith to beat, the Portuguese striker's effort from 15 yards struck the outside of Wildsmith's post and bounced away to safety.
Clayton was becoming a more central figure in the game and good play between him and Moore ended with Moore shooting straight at Wildsmith.
Betinho dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box before Wednesday somehow survived a manic 30 second spell five minutes from half-time.
Betinho, Toral, Moore and then Toral again all saw shots blocked by some brave defending before Hutton shot over from the corner that followed the final block.
Wednesday were almost gifted an opener on the stroke of half-time as Tzanev let a shot from Matt Young slip from his grasp but he recovered brilliantly to deny Freddie Tracey before Raphael Calvet turned the loose ball behind as Franck Betra looked to tap home.
The second-half started with Brentford on the front foot as Wildsmith made a fine low save to deny Moore and he recovered well to thwart Clayton as he looked to pounce on the follow up.
Wildsmith was against tested by Moore while at the other end De Havilland headed wide at the back post from a corner and Betra shot over from distance.
Betra should have given the visitors the lead 20 minutes into the second-half as Daniel O'Shaughnessy slipped allowing him to break free but, after Tzanev forced him wide, the Wednesday striker fell over his own feet attempting the shot and the danger was cleared.
It didn't appear to matter as Wednesday did take the lead a minute later when Penney caught O'Shaughnessy's headed clearance perfectly on the volley 30-yards from goal and the ball flew past the helpless Tzanev into the top corner.
With four defeats in their last five games The Owls goal could have knocked the stuffing out of The Bees but Jon De Souza's side hit back immediately as Betinho converted smartly from close range after good work by Moore on the right-hand edge of the penalty area.
Having got back into the game Brentford went about trying to get the winner as Moore and Josh Clarke dragged shots wide from the edge of the box before Betinho headed over from close range after more good work from Moore.
Both sides could have grabbed a late winner from a set-piece as De Havilland headed wide unmarked at the back post after Tzanev had turned Betra's shot behind before Kieran Morris could have snatched it in the third minute of injury time but he didn't know too much about Moore's corner as it struck him and looped over the bar.
In the end both sides had to settle for a point which ends a run of four defeats in their last five games ahead of next Monday's trip to The Owls Steel City rivals Sheffield United.

Brentford DS
: Nik Tzanev; Raphael Calvet, Daniel O'Shaughnessy, Tony Craig (sub Kieran Morris 60 mins), Aaron Greene; Louis Hutton, Jon Toral (sub Josh Clarke 60 mins); Charlie Adams (sub Jermaine Udumaga 71 mins), Betinho, Montell Moore; Bradley Clayton
Subs not used: Jordan Carey, Tyrell Miller-Rodney
Goals: Betinho 70 mins
Sheffield Wednesday DS: Joe Wildsmith; Matt Young, Will De Havilland, Ed Sanders, Matt Penney; Spencer Brown (sub Jake Ellam 57 mins), Brad Beatson, Ryan Croasdale (sub Freddie Tracey 26 mins (sub Josh Stacini 80 mins), Ryan Meadows; Mani Dieseruvwe, Franck Betra
Subsnot used: Brad McDonagh, Glenn Law
Goals: Matt Penney 67 mins

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