Before embarking on another European trip, Brentford B announced the signing of former Norwich City player Jaden Brissett, 17, on a free transfer.
Then it was off to Portugal for a week of training and three fixtures. That would be closely followed by a trip to Dublin, Ireland, where The Bees would play Shamrock Rovers for the second consecutive year.
In one of the hardest games ever faced by Brentford B, the squad lost 4-0 to Slavia Prague on 28 January 2019. The Czech side scored twice in each half, four different scorers netting in front of our live stream audience of over 2,000.
Brentford were then beaten 4-1 by AGF Aarhus at Estadio da Nora in southern Portugal on a stormy Thursday afternoon. Marcus Forss scored the only goal in the first half for Lars Friis’ side.
The squad showed five changes from the side that lost to Slavia Prague earlier in the week. Simon Andersson replaced Patrik Gunnarsson in goal, with Theo Archibald dropping back into left-back. Forss started up top alongside birthday boy Matej Majka in attack.
Another live stream game saw over 4,000 viewers for The Bees, with AGF promoting the game back home as well.
The B squad then suffered last-minute heartbreak when Borussia Dortmund scored an added time winner to snatch a 1-0 victory in the final game hosted in Portugal.
After an encounter that saw two well-matched teams go toe-to-toe at full throttle, a goal from Gianluca Rizzo in the 91st minute was all that could separate the two squads.
Lars Friis called on Jarvis Edobor to replace the injured Luka Racic in the back four, which also included Theo Archibald at left-back again. Jaden Brissett started his first game for The Bees in attack, playing opposite Henrik Johansson on the other wing.
It looked like one of those rare B Team games that would finish goalless. With 90 minutes on the clock, Dortmund got themselves a free-kick just outside the box. Taylan Duman stepped up and drove it over the wall, Patrik Gunnarsson pulling off a great save to knock the ball over the crossbar with his left hand. That looked like it would be the final chance.
In added time, Brentford were awarded a free-kick of their own. That’s when Dortmund struck. Archibald and Dasilva took the free-kick quickly between them, lost possession and the counter attack was clinical.
Returning from Portugal for a matter of days, Brentford B were soon jetting off again to the Republic of Ireland. Last season, Tallaght Stadium hosted The Bees in a pre-season friendly before the Irish top division kicked off. Almost exactly a year later, Brentford were back to repeat the fixture.
On that previous ocassion, it was a 2-1 win for Kevin O'Connor's lot, thanks to goals from Theo Archibald and Jarvis Edobor. This time, Shamrock Rovers were much better and Brentford lost 2-0 to League of Ireland side.
Dylan Watts scored a first-half penalty before Dean Dillon added another in the second period. Brentford's Jarvis Edobor hit the post late on but it wasn't enough to spark a comeback in South Dublin.
January Tour Results
Brentford B 0-4 Slavia Prague
AGF Aarhus 4-1 Brentford B
Brentford B 0-1 Borussia Dortmund U19
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