The game had entered its final quarter, Girondins de Bordeaux having just extended their lead to three, when the visitors’ mounting frustration was exposed. Kane O’Connor spied a loose touch from Yanis Hamoudi on a treacherous surface and leapt into a challenge, the ball ricocheting up-field off his boot with a satisfying thwack and a collective gasp from those spectators standing closest, just beyond the advertising hoardings.
His opponent, clearly rattled, flashed a rather imploring look at the passing referee as he picked himself up but no whistle was forthcoming. No foul had been committed. Even so, the official still opted to seek out the Scottish centre-half at the next break of play and suggest he might tone down the aggression.
“C’est un match amical. Amical, ouais? Friend-ly.”
He was met with short shrift. As far as O’Connor was concerned, this was European competition.
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Dominic joined Brentford B for the trip to France where they took on Bordeaux this week. He also spent time at the club’s Jersey Road training ground to speak with co-director Rasmus Ankersen, Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane, Sam Saunders, Allan Steele, Jan Zamburek, Mads Roerslev and David Titov as they discuss the B Team model and how it is evolving.