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B Team Report: Brentford 5 Barnet 4

Home side come out on top in narrow victory at Jersey Road

5 March 2018

Brentford B beat Barnet 5-4 at Jersey Road on Monday afternoon. Brentford produced five different scorers in a game that saw the visitors go ahead in the opening stages.

The B Team pegged their opponents back and ended up going three goals ahead until Barnet staged a late comeback of their own.

Kevin O'Connor had three First Team players to use in his squad for the game. Alan Judge and Tom Field joined Chiedozie Ogbene on his first start in red and white stripes. 

Brentford had control of the first 10 minutes, with Ogbene and Reece Cole going close in the early stages. A ball fizzed across the box was too much for Ogbene to catch and then Cole sent a free-kick narrowly over the crossbar.

Barnet then took the lead with their first meaningful attack. A ball across the pitch from right to left found an attacker in space, he drove forward and drilled the ball low and in off the far post.

Zain Westbrooke had the best chance after half an hour, shooting from the right side of the box. Goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle got his hands up to parry the shot, which looked destined for the goal until his intervention.

With five minutes to go before half-time, Brentford had two great chances. The first from Mads Bech Sorensen, the ball falling kindly to him after a free-kick into the box by Theo Archibald. The defender missed his first effort but flicked the ball at goal only for the goalkeeper to tip it wide.

The next chance came from distance. Alan Judge took aim and fired from the left wing, the ball swerving dangerously before McKenzie-Lyle managed to parry it away.

Brentford drew level just before the break. Marcus Forss put in a great challenge to win the ball back on the left wing, that set in Reece Cole who drove down the touchline before firing a low cross into the box. There in the middle was Theo Archibald waiting to poke home under the keeper to equalise.

After the restart, the game kicked into a different gear, with goals flying in for both sides.

There were two penalties at the start of the half, one for each team. Barnet scored theirs first after Mads Bech Sorensen tripped one of the Barnet attackers. Judge was brought down and then converted the Brentford spot-kick, making it 2-2 after an hour of football. 

A breakaway from the middle saw Brentford net a third. Archibald came charging out with the ball with Barnet on the back foot, then played it across for Ogbene to run at goal. He saw his shot saved at the near post but Forss got himself in the right place to score the rebound.

After 66 minutes, Cole scored a screamer from distance. Taking aim from the right side of the pitch, he let fly with a shot that sailed over the keeper and then dipped to find the top corner of the net.

With quarter of an hour to go it was five for the home side. Ogbene looked like he had scored when his shot hit the bar and bounced down in the goal mouth, but the referee said no. Then Ali Coote followed up with his first touch since coming on as a sub to put it beyond doubt. It was 5-2.

The last time Barnet U23 played Brentford B they staged a late comeback with two goals in the space of five minutes. It happened again at Jersey Road. 

First a snapshot that caught the Brentford keeper on his heels had them on three goals, before a drilled free-kick flew through the wall and found the net as well. 

Once again, they tried to find an equaliser but couldn't manage it. In the end, it could have been six for O'Connor's side as Ogbene once again saw a chance go begging. His first shot was blocked by McKenzie-Lyle and then his follow-up header wasn't a strong as he'd have liked and was also parried away.

Brentford B: Trialist GK; Talbro, Edobor, Sorensen, Field; Westbrooke, Cole (sub Coote 74 mins), Judge; Archibald (sub Clayton 74 mins), Forss (sub Alves 78 mins), Ogbene

Subs (not used): Assibey-Mensah, Kirk, Oksanen

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