Brentford defender speaks after 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic in Under-18 Professional Development League Two finalAudrius Laucys said that Tuesday’s league final defeat to Charlton Athletic was tough to take especially as he felt he and his Brentford teammates deserved to win.
The Bees fell behind in the sixth minute as Joshua Umerah smashed home from a tight angle to put The Addicks ahead.
As the match wore on Brentford came more and more into the game but couldn’t find a way through the massed ranks of the Charlton defence.
Speaking to Bees Player after the match Audrius said it was difficult to break down the well organised Charlton defence.
The right-back felt on the balance of play The Bees deserved to be the ones picking up the trophy but said that football does not always work that way.
“There are no words to explain it really,” said Audrius.
“We are really sad because we deserved to win but that is football really.
“Conceding the goal so early is hard.
“The goal came from nowhere as it was their first shot.
“Charlton dropped off after they scored and it was hard to break through.
“We had a few chances but couldn’t take them.
“They scored early and then dropped deep which was their plan.
“We tried our best to break them down but we couldn’t.
“It was all credit to them because they were well organised and defended well.”
The second-half was all one way traffic as Brentford lay siege to the visitors’ goal without finding a way through.
For Audrius and many of the other players on the pitch it was their last 45 minutes of Youth Team football before joining the Development Squad next season.
The 18-year-old admitted it was disappointing to leave Youth Team football on the back of a defeat but thought the second-half performance was a very good one.
“At half-time Jon told us to keep going and to get the tempo up,” said Audrius.
“We had nothing to lose as it was the last 45 minutes of Under-18s football for all the second-years.
“It could also have been the last final for a lot of us for a while too.
“We gave it our all and deserved to win but that is football.
“The fans and the coaches were much happier about our second-half performance.
“We were the much better side but Charlton scored and they won, so the trophy is theirs.
“We had quite a few chances at the end.
“In the first-half we weren’t a threat to their goal but second-half we dominated from 45 to 90 minutes.
"It is really hard to break through when there are two busses parked.”
Despite the negative result Audrius still thought that there were positives to take from the match.
Nearly 700 fans turned up to create a good atmosphere at Griffin Park, with a number travelling from South East London supporting Charlton.
As an occasion Audrius said it was a good one to learn from and now the Youth Team players must concentrate on building up to the ultimate aim of playing first-team football.
“There were a lot of positives from tonight like playing in the stadium, under lights and in front of a lot of fans,” said Audrius.
“We are not going to play in finals all the time so it was a good experience.
“We need to make sure that we don’t stop here.
“We need to work hard and try to get to play at the first-team level.
“Although we couldn’t win the league we all deserved that professional contract.
“We did well this season with 13 games unbeaten and that is a great achievement.
“We would have liked to have got one proper trophy this season because it has been up and down.
“We have to work hard when we come back in.
“We have quite a few second-years and a few Development Squad players as well.
“Hopefully lots of us second-years are going to start next year and we will try to win a trophy next year.
“The season has just finished now but I really want to get back in and make sure that we do well next season as well.”
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