Danny Parish's brace helps Youth Team to win in South London
A first-half brace from Danny Parish sent Brentford’s Youth Team on their way to a first victory since October as they came from behind to beat Crystal Palace in the U18 Professional Development League Two South this afternoon.
The Bees had fallen behind early on when Francis Baptiste turned in Jason Lokilo’s corner, but Josh Bohui’s penalty after half-an-hour put The Bees back on level terms.
In first-half stoppage time, Kingsley Eshun put in a cross that Danny Parish nodded past Colm Macadon, and a minute later Parish put Jon De Souza's side two ahead when he tapped home after Giovanni McGregor’s shot hit the post.
Half-time substitute Emmanuel Yeboah scored after being on the field for just two minutes before captain Michael Phillips bagged a penalty that levelled things once again just before the hour mark. But 15 minutes from time, McGregor bent a low free-kick around the wall to seal the points.
The Bees had performed well despite defeat to Charlton at Jersey Road the previous weekend so Jon De Souza made just three changes to the side, with Ellery Balcombe replacing Cameron Greaves in goal whilst Julius Fenn-Evans and David Titov made way for Kingsley Eshun and George Harmes.
Much of the opening stages were played in the middle of the park, with neither keeper meaningfully troubled but, against the run of play, Palace took the lead after 13 minutes when Lokilo’s corner was brought down by Sam Woods for Baptiste to touch home.
From the next threatening attack, Brentford drew level. With Bohui bearing down on goal, the winger was taken down by Jayvon Jones, and despite the fact the centre-back clearly won the ball, a penalty was awarded; Bohui stepped up and scored his eighth of the season – overtaking Courtney Austin as leading goalscorer.
After colliding with Palace keeper Macadon, Kingsley Eshun was nearly substituted just before the break – thankfully he wasn’t. The 16-year-old set up The Bees’ second goal after he provided a superb cross-field pass to Parish that was expertly guided in by the striker with the keeper rooted to his line.
Palace had suffered their first defeat in six league matches versus Cardiff last week – a 5-0 drubbing – and were pegged back further by another stoppage time goal as Giovanni McGregor’s shot cannoned off the base of the post, only for Parish to be on hand to tap in his sixth of the season.
Two minutes after coming on as a substitute, Yeboah raced onto a loose ball down the left wing, cut inside and hit a shot from an acute angle past Balcombe to spark something of a Palace comeback. Less than ten minutes later Tony Guppy brought down left-back Jason Akiotu, who was awarded a penalty that was comfortably dispatched by Phillips to level the tie up at 3-3.
Brentford were not fazed by the change in their fortune and almost hit back immediately when Romayne Pennant hit a dipping free-kick from the edge of the area, but Macadon was equal to it.
Prior to the game, Brentford had lost 7 of their last 12 away games, and were without a win in ten games, but had Giovanni McGregor to thank as, fifteen minutes from time, the midfielder curled a low free-kick round the wall and over the line, via a deflection off the post.
Palace had chances to draw level in the seven minutes of stoppage time – they almost took one when Sean Bird put in a clumsy challenge in the box, before McGregor received his marching orders deep into second-half stoppage time, but the Bees held on for a well-deserved win.
Brentford: Ellery Balcombe, George Harmes (Tyrick Mitchell 57), Romayne Pennant, Tony Guppy, Seth Owens, Sean Bird, Kingsley Eshun (Shawkat Tahir 78), Giovanni McGregor, Danny Parish, Josh Bohui, Luke Dunn
Unused subs: Cameron Greaves, Samuel Kifwasima, Ryan Kirwin
Crystal Palace: Colm Macadon, Dan Hogan, Jason Akiotu, Charly Haycroft, Jayvon Jones, Sam Woods, Levi Lumeka, Michael Phillips, Francis Baptiste (Malakai Nars 63), Kian Flanagan, Jason Lokilo (Emmanuel Yeboah 46)
Unused subs: Matthew Fummell, Joseph Hungbo, Calum Sturgess