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Match Report: Brentford B 2 Rangers Dev 5

Kenny Miller appears at Jersey Road in Rangers' win over Brentford B

1 October 2017

Brentford B lost 5-2 to a strong Rangers side at Jersey Road on Sunday afternoon. Theo Archibald and Bradley Clayton scored the goals for The Bees but their opponents proved too strong in the end.

It took 25 minutes for the away side to break the deadlock, Ryan Hardie getting on the end of a Myles Beerman through ball to slot the ball home from the left side of the penalty area. 

Dalcio could have added to the scoreline shortly after but Ellery Balcombe made a strong save to deny him from the edge of the box. 

Herson Alves and Zain Westbrooke then both had shots deflected that spun narrowly wide of the target. Alves had cut inside from the left before drilling his to the near post, it bounced off two players before dribbling wide. Westbrooke's was more powerful, heading for goal until a last ditch block by a Rangers defender.

The visitors made it 2-0 after 39 minutes, Aaron Nemane making a goal for himself. Running almost the length of the pitch on the counter-attack, he cut inside from the left and hit the ball low into the bottom corner of the net.

In added time at the end of the half, Rangers made it three. James Barjonas played a neat one-two on the edge of the box before curling his shot in off the left post to end the half in full control.

After the break, it took just five minutes for Kevin O'Connor's side to get back into the game. Bradley Clayton struck a volley into the net after Herson Alves had nodded the ball down to him inside the area.

Rangers then made the game safe with two goals at the other end by the same man. Hardie netted himself a hat-trick, the first goal coming from the left side and ending with him tucking the ball away beneath the onrushing Balcombe. His third was the hardest of the lot, hitting the target from a very narrow angle and somehow seeing the ball squirm its way into the net from the right byline.

Sub Raphael Assibey-Mensah saw a chance go begging in the 66th minute, his cross found Clayton in the box but the latter couldn't get enough accuracy on it and it sailed wide. 

The remaining period of the game was full of changes and a few yellow cards were handed out on either side as the game went on. It was with one of the last kicks of the game that Archibald got himself on the scoresheet. The former Celtic youngster finding time in the box to knock the ball past Liam Kelly, that after great work from substitute Joe Hardy to win the ball back.

Brentford B: Balcombe; Talbro, Edobor (sub Titov 45 mins), Sørensen, Chatzitheodoridis; Westbrooke (c), Clayton (sub Kirk 80 mins), Coote (sub Assibey-Mensah 65); Archibald, Forss (sub Hardy 76 mins), Alves (sub Novak 76 mins)

Subs (not used): Thompson (GK)

Rangers Dev: Kelly; Finlayson (sub Dallas 13 mins), Wilson, Mayo, Beerman; Barjonas, Thompson (sub Palmer 62 mins); Dalcio, Miller (c) (sub S. Kelly 75 mins), Nemane (sub Atakayi 75 mins); Hardie (sub Rudden 78 mins)

Subs (not used): Shiels, McAdams, Wright

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