Brentford B beat AFC Bournemouth U23 2-0 at Jersey Road earlier today, Justin Shaibu and Herson Alves scoring the goals in the second half.
Kevin O'Connor set out a team that included Justin Shaibu and Ilias Chatzitheodoridis, both with First Team minutes under their belts. While The Cherries fielded the likes of Republic of Ireland international Marc Wilson and former Rangers midfielder Emerson Hyndman.
The Bees got their first chance in the opening minutes when Alves got in behind for a one-on-one, goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale making a good save low to his left.
After quarter of an hour, Bradley Clayton had a similar chance when he latched on to Ilias Chatzitheodoridis' through ball on the left wing. The shot fizzed along the ground but was once again dealt with by Ramsdale.
Ali Coote snatched at a half-chance before the half-hour-mark that ended up going over the bar. Shortly afterwards, Bournemouth had their first real opening.
Mikael Ndjoli broke clear of the defence but Ellery Balcombe came out quickly to smother the ball. Minutes later, Alex Dobre saw his header crash off the crossbar and bounce away from danger.
After 34 minutes, Alves drilled a cross into the box and a combination of Shaibu and defender sent the ball goalwards. Ramsdale managed to get his body in the way and kept out the ball.
At the other end, Keelan O'Connell drove a cross towards the far post that forced Chris Mepham to slide in and get the ball off the line.
In the second half, Alves gave Bournemouth a warning before he struck the opening goal. Cutting in from the left, he hit the ball low but it cannoned back off the post. Just minutes later, he did the same only this time found the bottom corner.
The away side nearly had an instant response, getting down the other end to send a driven shot just over the crossbar.
With 65 minutes gone, Shaibu scored his goal. Mepham had met a corner with his head at the far post, Ramsdale parried it back out to him. The centre-back had a second attempt with his feet but again found Ramsdale in the way. This time the ball bounced to Shaibu and the striker smashed it into the roof of the net.
A minute later it could have been three. Raphael Assibey-Mensah broke clear of the last defender to run at goal. His attempted finish was saved at full stretch by Ramsdale.
Brentford had two further openings to get more goals. Both came from Coote, the first a cross that was cut out in mid-air and the second a shot that was gathered after coming through a crowd of players.
Brentford B: Ellery Balcombe; Lukas Talbro, Chris Mepham, Mads Sorensen, Ilias Chatzitheodoridis; Ali Coote, Jan Holldack, Raphael Assibey-Mensah (sub Nikolaj Kirk 80 mins); Bradley Clayton, Justin Shaibu (sub Marcus Forss 73 mins), Herson Alves (sub Jan Novak 80 mins)
Subs (not used): Jared Thompson (GK), David Titov, Jarvis Edobor, Manny Onariase, Joe Hardy
AFC Bournemouth U23: Aaron Ramsdale; Tyler Cornder, Marc Wilson (sub Charlie Seaman 73 mins), Shaun Hobson, Ollie Harfield; Kyle Taylor, Keelan O'Connell, Emerson Hyndman (sub Antonio Diaz 55 mins); Connor Mahoney (sub Frank Vincent 55 mins), Mikael Ndjoli (sub Jake Scrimshaw 85 mins), Alex Dobre (sub Nnamdi Ofoborh 77 mins)
Subs (not used): Tom Porter-Trott (GK)