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Match Report: Brentford B 1-0 Huddersfield Town U19

Kirk goal settles tight game at Griffin Park

19 February 2019

Brentford B had Nikolaj Kirk to thank for a winning goal in the second half of their 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town Under-19s at Jersey Road on Tuesday afternoon. 

Lars Friis's squad were pushed all the way by The Terriers, lead by former Stoke, Sunderland and Town player Dean Whitehead. The home side called on goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe with Tom Field once again getting minutes in the back four.

After only a few minutes Fredrik Hammar could have given The Bees an early lead. Mads Bech Sorensen slid a ball through to Joe Hardy, who flicked it into Hammar's path. Goalkeeper Jacob Chapman was out quickly to clear it, with Mustapha Olagunju helped fend off the Swedish midfielder.

Moments later, Henrik Johansson played a neat one-two with Hammar before striking at goal from 25 yards. The ball whistled past the right apex on its way wide.

After seven minutes, Kolbeinn Finnsson cut in from the right to hit one at the target. It got through the defender but was tame enough for Chapman to cling to. 

With 25 minutes gone, Ali Coote whipped a free-kick into the box. It flew all the way through the area and found Sorensen at the far post, but the defender couldn't get his feet sorted out and the chance went begging. 

In the final 10 minutes of the first half, Town put the pressure on. Their first attempt was smothered by Balcombe after Abdel Sabiri had tried to find Kit Elliott through the middle. 

Then Jonny Mitchell fouled Sabiri on the edge of the box, only for the attacker to strike the following free-kick wide of the target.

Sabiri was pulling the strings and was brought down by Coote on the left wing after 39 minutes. The ball was laid back to Demeaco Duhaney but his long-range effort sailed high and wide of the goal. 

The final chance of the half fell to Brentford B. Johansson clipped a ball to Hardy, who took aim on the turn and fired at goal. It dropped narrowly wide of the left post with Chapman scrambling across his line.

After the break, Friis swapped out Tom Field for Theo Archibald at left-back. It was Huddersfield that went straight on the attack. 

Jaheim Headley crossed low for Elliott in the middle but Sorensen was there just in time to swipe the ball away from danger. Sabiri then headed the corner-kick wide under pressure from two or three striped shirts. 

Shortly after that another free-kick on the edge of the box fell the way of The Young Terriers. It was struck sweetly but Balcombe got across to meet it, then gathered it in at the second time of asking. 

Just before the hour-mark it looked like the England youth keeper could be in trouble. Racing out of his box after a loose ball, Balcombe clattered through Elliott as the forward poked the ball beyond him. Referee Jarnail Singh awarded a free-kick but only a yellow card for the Brentford man.

Coote had a chance from the edge of the box with a free-kick that he sent towards the crossbar. Chapman got up well to clutch the ball and then start a counter-attack from a long throw.

Matej Majka was fouled outside the box by Olagunju with over quarter of an hour to go, the defender receiving a yellow card before being brought off the field for Tom Bamford. 

The free-kick was sent in by Coote, for Archibald to collect at the far post. He volleyed it at goal, where it smacked one post only to rebound back out off the other. There was Kirk to sweep the ball in before Chapman could recover it. 

Town could've been level down the other end. Jaakko Oksanen lost possession to Sabiri, who played it wide to Scott High. The six played it along the floor to Duhaney, who played a quick one-two with Elliott before striking at goal. Balcombe reacted by parrying the ball to his right, Cole Dasilva then clearing it long.

Brentford B: Balcombe; Dasilva, Sorensen (sub Kirk 60), Mitchell, Field (sub Archibald h/t); Coote (sub Brissett 87), Hammar (sub Oksanen 52), Zamburek (sub Majka 60); Finnsson, Hardy (sub Mogensen 66), Johansson (sub Titov 70)

Subs: Andersson

Huddersfield Town U19: Chapman; Duhaney, Thompson, Olagunju (sub Bamford 73), Jackson; High, Austerfield (sub Harratt 61); Rowe, Sabiri, Headley (sub Bell 73); Elliott

Subs: Rosario, Sharrock-Peplow

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