Brentford B emerged victorious at Jersey Road with a 6-0 victory over Reading Under-23s on Wednesday afternoon. Joe Hardy netted a brace as Alan Judge, Henrik Johansson, Luka Racic and Emiliano Marcondes also scored.
Kevin O'Connor was also able to deploy Josh Clarke and Rico Henry from the First Team setup in front of our Live Stream on YouTube in Osterley.
It took just 23 seconds for Hardy to score the first goal, lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Liam Driscoll from the edge of the box. It was a lightning fast start that continued into the first half.
With eight minutes gone it was a two-goal lead. A ball over the top of the Reading defence was nodded towards goal by Racic. His effort evaded the keeper and found the net at the far post.
At the other end, Patrik Gunnarsson was in action to deny a low shot from Joel Rollinson from sneaking in at his near post. The Icelandic stopper threw himself to his left and parried the ball wide.
Then it was three for The Bees. Hardy was released on goal and wasted no time in slotting the ball under the onrushing goalkeeper to become the B Team's all-time leading scorer. He now has 23 in all competitions, one ahead of Marcus Forss.
Gunnarsson had to be alert to a second effort that nearly crept in after half an hour. The ball was let fly by Jack Nolan and the keeper had to be sharp to tip the ball away from danger.
Before the break there was time for Marcondes to take his chance. Collecting the ball from Josh Dasilva, he then took aim and shot from 20 yards and the ball flew into the top right corner of the net. It was a fitting way to complete a 45 minutes of football before he was brought off in the second half.
The hour mark saw a change for Brentford B that allowed Henrik Johansson to get only his second appearance since 1 February 2017. The Swedish winger's last start for The Bees was actually against Reading at Hogwood Park, where he suffered a muscle tear that has plagued him for nearly two years.
He was on the scoresheet before the end. Jan Zamburek was fouled in the box and instead of Hardy completing his hat-trick, the striker offered the ball to Johansson. The 20-year-old stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom corner, making it 5-0.
Before the end there was still time for Judge to get in on the act. He curled a free-kick around the wall with two minutes to go and it found the net.
Brentford B: Gunnarsson; Clarke, Racic (sub Trialist 79), Oliver, Henry (sub Johansson 60); Oksanen (sub Cole 68), Marcondes (sub C. Dasilva h/t), J. Dasilva; Judge, Hardy, Titov (sub Zamburek 68)
Subs (not used): Andersson (GK)
Reading: Driscoll; Balogun, Odimayo, Burley, Green; Sidoel, Nolan; Rollinson, Olise, Harriott; Liddle
Subs (not used): Hillson (GK), Omalabi, Wallace, Elva-Fountaine, Nevers