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Match Report: Wealdstone 0 Brentford B 2

Bees through to Semi-Final after victory over Stones

8 January 2019

Brentford B made it through to the Semi-Finals of the Middlesex FA Cup after a 2-0 win over Wealdstone at Grosvenor Vale. Joe Hardy scored early before Theo Archibald added one in the second half.

Lars Friis recalled Archibald and Reece Cole to the team after they returned from loan spells at Forest Green Rovers and Maidenhead United. He also included new signing Jayden Onen on the bench for his first taste of this cup competition. 

The Bees took the lead after only three minutes through Hardy. Kolbeinn Finnsson, fresh off a call-up to the Iceland National Team, collected the ball from Reece Cole and then knocked it forward. Hardy ran on to the ball and slotted it beyond goalkeeper Sonny Wheeler.

Ali Coote needed to be replaced after 11 minutes, pulling up after chasing a long ball forward. Henrik Johansson came on, picking up a booking soon after with a late challenge on opposition captain Femi Azeez.

The closest Brentford went to a second came after half an hour, Nikolaj Kirk racing through on goal only to hit the crossbar. Archibald tried to direct the follow-up at goal with his head but it bounced narrowly wide. 

Cole had a great chance to make it two with a long range shot that fizzed over the bar shortly afterwards. 

Wealdstone did create some openings in the first period, particularly causing a panic when a ball from Anton Rodgers was directed towards goal by Yado Mambo. Patrik Gunnarsson was grateful to claim the ball in the air and keep hold of it in slippery conditions. 

The second half started with The Stones on the front foot. Just five minutes in a corner was whipped across the face of goal but nobody could get a touch from either side.

With 66 minutes on the clock, David Titov nearly embarrassed Gunnarsson by nodding the ball back with the keeper out of positon. Thankfully the Icelandic stopper managed to to dive on the ball before sub Pawel Kowalkowski could react.

A few minutes later it was Cole Dasilva who drilled the ball low across the box. It evaded everyone and looked set for the far post where Finnsson was waiting, but was then cleared by Ramarni Medford-Smith at the last second.

With 20 minutes to go, Archibald broke clear in the middle of the park. He skipped past the goalkeeper and then tucked the ball into the corner of the net.

Three minutes later it was three, although it was quickly chalked off. Titov crossed to the near post, where Hardy knocked the ball home. The referee gave the goal, as did the linesman, but every man in an ecru shirt was protesting. Mr Morrison asked Hardy for the truth and the striker admitted to handballing the chance into the goal.

With five minutes to go, Eoin McKeown had a chance at the far post. Reece Mitchell crossed the ball deep but the striker could only divert the ball into the side-netting.

Brentford B: Gunnarsson; Titov, Racic, Sorensen, Dasilva; Kirk, Coote (sub Johansson 11 (sub Zamburek 72)), Cole; Finnsson (sub Onen 79), Hardy, Archibald

Subs: Andersson

Wealdstone FC: Wheeler; Yala-Bolasie (sub McKeown 26), Wilson, Smith, Medford-Smith; Mambo, Clark, Rodgers; Mitchell, Bridgeman (sub Kowalkowski 60), Azeez

Subs: Sheppard

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