Emiliano Marcondes played 90 minutes, and got on the scoresheet, as a Brentford XI beat Swindon Town 3-0 at Griffin Park this morning. With Brian Riemer in the dugout, Marcondes and Josh Dasilva scored before the break with substitute Ali Coote adding a third late on. Luke Daniels, Tom Field, Josh McEachran, Sergi Canos, and Lewis Macleod also all featured as The Bees ran out comfortable winners.
Brentford bossed possession in the early stages against a Robins’ side for whom former Griffin Park favourite Toumani Diagouraga lined-up in the centre of midfield. Despite all that ball and territory, it took nearly ten minutes for The Bees to create an opening. When it came Sergi Canos found the head of defender Luke Haines between his shot and the far corner.
The next time The Bees were presented with an opportunity, they opened the scoring. Good pressing from Marcondes saw him win the ball back off Haines and, with nobody between him and goal, he was able to side-foot home past the stranded Luke McCormick. The Danish striker turned provider ten minutes later, dropping deep and finding the forward run of Dasilva who calmly slotted home right footed.
Against Swindon’s two banks of four, Theo Archibald and Matej Majka were constantly finding wide open spaces to advance into from the wing-back positions. One good passage of play down the right eventually saw Dasilva tee up Canos on the edge of the box but his bouncing effort was easily fielded by McCormick.
The Robins’ keeper made a more impressive save next time he was called upon, staying big to deny Marcondes as the Danish striker raced onto Canos’ slide-rule pass.
As the half wore on it became more and more like an attack vs defence training session with McCormick playing a starring role for the visitors. He needed strong palms to beat away Archibald’s rasping drive from the edge of the box, Macleod firing the rebound high and wide.
Canos should have made it 3-0 just before the half hour but he failed to convert from the edge of the six-yard box following another incisive passage of play between Dasilva and Majka on the right. The Spaniard did get his next effort on target, but McCormick was in the right place to block the effort with Marcondes then denied on the line by a covering challenge. When McCormick was beaten the post came to his rescue, Archibald crashing a drive off the woodwork from a tight angle with the final action of the half.
Aside from a sliced Mark Richards effort, Swindon had offered next to nothing as an attacking force in the first-half, but they started the second 45 minutes in more determined fashion. Luke Daniels deflected Scott Twine’s close-range effort onto the bar before being thankful to see Jak McCourt’s thunderous effort fizz over. Richards should have then halved the deficit; however he pulled a shot wide from eight-yards with the whole goal to aim at.
Slowly, The Bees regained their command of the game and chances began to be created. Twice Canos went close before Marcondes fired a dipping free-kick onto the roof of the net from 35 yards out. Archie Matthews, who had replaced McCormick on the hour, then had to be at full stretch to beat away an effort from Dasilva.
Another replacement, Chiedozie Ogbene, put a shot wide while Dasilva whistled an effort just over after being given space on the edge of the box. Eventually, a third did come with eight minutes to play. Ogbene’s pace took him easily past Harry Stanley and he put the ball on a plate for Coote to sweep home.
A carbon-copy move almost saw Marcondes grab his second of the afternoon just before the end, the post coming to Swindon’s rescue as the Dane met Ogbene’s low pull-back, meaning that 3-0 was how it finished.
Brentford: Daniels; Kirk, Sorensen, Field (Trialist 46); Majka (Ogbene 62), Macleod (Coote 75), McEachran, Archibald; Dasilva, Canos (Mitchell 75); Marcondes
Subs not used: Trialist (GK)
Swindon Town: McCormick (Matthews 60); Trialist, Robertson, Haines (Trialist), Stanley; Bancroft, Diagouraga (Smith 46), McCourt (Graham 60), Twine (Curran 75); Dunne (Trialist 60), Richards