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Brentford B Team

B Team 18/19 Review: Cup Finals

Defeat in the first, champions of the second

31 May 2019

Defeat in the London FA Cup Final was tough to take for Brentford B. They put out a strong team, worked hard in the game but still came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat.

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Mohamed Bettamer scored the only goal of the game in the first half to grab Steve King's men the trophy.

Lars Friis made five changes to the side that beat Genoa B 6-1 in Italy. Jarvis Edobor came into the back four to make his 90th overall B Team appearance. Fredrik Hammar replaced Henrik Johansson in the middle of the park, while the front three were completely different. Joe Hardy, Theo Archibald and Jan Zamburek were a brand new combination up top.

The Wings included three of their starting XI from the previous 2-1 win over Bath City in the National League South; Dan Wilks, Craig Braham-Barrett and Arnaud Mendy.

The winner came in the first half. A cross from the right by Nassim L'Ghoul was met by Battamer on the header but it crashed against the crossbar. Bouncing down off the line, with Gunnarsson on the floor, Bettamer nodded it again and this time saw it hit the back of the net.

The squad put everything they could into the next match at Griffin Park. A week later, the Middlesex Senior Cup was hosted in TW8 and The Bees delivered. 

Joe Hardy scored twice as Brentford B beat Harrow Borough to win the trophy for the first time in over a hundred years.

The young Brentford side had to wait until the hour mark to turn their dominance in to the opening goal, which Hardy slotted home after a Theo Archibald shot had been saved. And when the striker scored again with six minutes remaining, the game was won.

Frederik Hammar added a third moments later to ensure there would be no late fight back and The Bees would get their hands on the trophy. Gustav Mogensen scored a fourth to put some gloss on the score line.

Lars Friis was delighted with the result.

The Bees were out to parade the trophy to the fans at Brentford's Sky Bet Championship match with Leeds United. 

Cup Final Results

LSC: Welling United 1-0 Brentford B

MFA: Brentford B 4-0 Harrow Borough

Up Next, part 13: The Isle of Man

Brentford travel to the Isle of Man in our next part of the review. There's also a first encounter with Dutch opposition and our final West London derby of the 18/19 campaign. 


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