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Match Report: Brentford B 9 Reading U23 1

Strong Bees side hammer Royals at Jersey Road

21 January 2018

Brentford B defeated Reading U23s 9-1 at a rain-soaked Jersey Road on Sunday afternoon.

Alan Judge started the scoring from the penalty spot before Lewis Macleod, Emiliano Marcondes and Tom Field added two more each. Zain Westbrooke and Reece Cole completed the rout in the final stages of the game.

Brentford started brightly as the rain poured down on their Osterley-based training ground. Within the first 10 minutes, Justin Shaibu had been brought down in the box allowing Judge to step up and convert the kick.

Just two minutes later, The Bees had a second goal through Macleod. A superb piece of individual skill, he turned on the right side of the box before curling the ball into the top corner.

With 17 minutes gone, the newest member of the squad got himself his first goal in the red and white stripes of Brentford. Marcondes won the ball back off a defender close to Reading's goal, then fired low into the bottom corner to punish the mistake. 

Reading weren't just lying down and letting this happen. Within two minutes of each other two chances came and went in a flash. The first was a low shot that flew narrowly past the post, the second was a free header that should really have found the net but dropped wide.

Then, on the verge of half-time, goalkeeper Jared Thompson found himself in no man's land after coming out a fraction too late to the feet of an opposition striker. The shot went past him but Judge was back on the line to swipe the ball away from danger.

The Irishman turned provider at the other end after the break, crossing from deep to allow Macleod a sublime volley at the far post. Hitting it first-time as it dropped out of the sky, it fizzed past the opposition keeper and found the net. 5-0.

Bees captain John Egan completed an hour of football in The B Team's back four before being subbed off for Jarvis Edobor.

Three minutes later, Field had secured his brace in barely a minute of football. The first was a sweetly-struck effort from the left side of the box that hit the net a split second after leaving his boot. His next goal came seconds later, poking home a low cross right in front of the goalkeeper. It trickled over the line and put Brentford seven goals up.

Shaibu managed 67 minutes, Marcus Forss coming on as his replacement after that. Macleod and Josh Clarke got slightly longer, they were replaced by Lukas Talbro and Cole on 73 minutes.

Brentford got their eighth with just five minutes to go in normal time. Another cross from Judge was struck by Forss in the box but he saw his shot blocked. Westbrooke was on hand to volley home the rebound and score his fifth of the season.

Reading's Adrian Popa scored a sublime free-kick to get The Royals on the scoresheet right as the clock struck 90 minutes.

In added time, Cole scored a hard-fought individual goal to round off a fantastic afternoon in front of goal for The Bees. Working hard to win the ball back after it seemed like he had been dispossessed, he found some space and fired low into the bottom corner. 9-1. 

Brentford B: Thompson; Dalsgaard, Egan (sub Edobor 61 mins), Sørensen, Clarke (sub Talbro 73 mins); Judge, Westbrooke, Macleod (sub Cole 73 mins); Marcondes, Shaibu (sub Forss 67 mins), Field (sub Archibald 76 mins)

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