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Brentford B Team

B Team 17/18: The final European Tour

Part seven of the B Team season review sees the squad head off to Portugal

8 June 2018

Brentford B faced an April with all international opposition, starting with Chinese Super League team Shanghai SIPG. They sent a team over to play The Bees at Jersey Road, a game that ended with the red and white stripes coming out on top in a dominant display.

Chiedozie Ogbene, playing with Brentford B to get his fitness up for most of the second half of the season, scored a brace as Scottish duo Ali Coote and Theo Archibald netted one each. 

The second game of the month saw exactly the same result but on a bigger stage. Griffin Park was the setting for Kevin O'Connor's side taking on Belgian club Anderlecht. Another four-goal margin opened up as the B Team made it two from two. 

Bradley Clayton did the hard work in the early stages, getting a brace for himself in one of his final appearances for the Club. Then Reece Cole hit an inch-perfect free-kick into the top corner after hitting the bar earlier in the match.

It was a penalty kick from Nikolaj Kirk that sealed things, the Danish midfielder-turned-fullback slotting home after Clayton selflessly gave up thechance of a hat-trick so that Kirk could notch his first Bees goal.

The town of Valdevez in Portugal was the location for the B Team's final European excursion of the season. They played twice against teams from FC Porto and SC Braga. 

The first match was played at Braga's hillside training complex in the blazing sunshine. The heat and the age of the Braga team - on average, two years Brentford's senior - did little to scare The Bees. Instead, they went close with chances for Marcus Forss and Ali Coote but neither could get the goal to thrust O'Connor's team into contention. Braga notched a winner and the game ended 1-0 to the home side.

A few days later, Porto agreed to come to Valdevez and play Brentford at a neutral venue in the town. With less of a home advantage, Brentford pounced on their opponents and scored three first-half goals that shocked the Portuguese youngsters. So much so that they asked to switch footballs at half-time.

Forss, Cole and Archibald had netted in the opening 45 - Cole's another screamer from distance - but Porto fought back hard in the second. Two goals saw them come close to a comeback before things got a bit firey on the field and tackles became heavier and heavier. The final whistle signalled the end of a gruelling game, during which Brentford had shown tremendous character to hold on and maintain their advantage to the end.

April Results

Brentford B 4 Shanghai SIPG 0 - Report

Brentford B 4 Anderlecht U23 0 - Report

SC Braga B 1 Brentford B 0 - Report

FC Porto U19 2 Brentford B 3 - Report

April Goalscorers - Bradley Clayton (2), Theo Archibald (2), Chiedozie Ogbene (2), Reece Cole (2), Ali Coote (1), Nikolaj Kirk (1), Marcus Forss (1)

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