Brentford B put in a remarkably determined display to ensure that they came away from their tour in Cyprus with a win as they beat Aris Limassol 3-2 at Kouklia Stadium. The goals came from Lachlan Brook (2) and Tristan Crama on an impressive day for the young group.
Neil MacFarlane’s relatively small squad played yesterday against FC Rodina Moscow and results dictated that they would have to go again in their final fixture at 10am the next morning.
It was a performance of passion and togetherness to work for each other and battle to a victory against a side which changed their XI every 30 minutes.
The young Bees were forced to make a change just moments before kick-off as Nico Jones limped out of the warm up, but Dom Jefferies stepped in and the side changed to a 4-4-2 to claim the win.
Brentford started the brighter of the two teams and had a good opening on five minutes when Ryan Trevitt crossed for Jefferies, who fired an effort towards goal which was well deflected for a corner. It was then almost 1-0 when the ball into the box was headed towards goal by Crama and Joe Adams- who recently joined the group after international duty- flicked the ball with his heel just over from close range.
The opener then came on eight minutes as Adams was found in a bit of space on the left before he crossed low for Brook to finish first time with his right foot. After the first 20 minutes Limassol began to see a bit more of the ball but they were limited to shots from distance with Andreas Frangos seeing his effort saved by Roco Rees.
Limassol then made 11 changes after half an hour as they gave minutes to players ahead of their upcoming league action. It didn’t take too long for the second XI to level as a cross from the right was headed home from close range by Daniel Sikorski. The final action of the first period then came when Theodoris Iosifidis looked through on goal but for a really good save from Rees from close range as he stood tall to make the block.
Limassol started quick in the second period too as Sikorski grabbed another from close range just five minutes after the restart as a ball across goal was slotted home well by the Austrian. Those tired Brentford legs continued to battle, though, as they were determined to get something from the game. Crama headed just wide on 55 minutes before the side really kicked into gear during the final 30 minutes. Wonderful footwork from Brook and Lewis Gordon saw them break into the box, and as the ball flashed across goal, Nathan Young-Coombes made contact but it was blocked on the line by the Limassol defenders.
70 minutes came and The Bees drew level in style as Brook grabbed his second. Once again, he combined with Adams before lashing an effort home from the edge of the box as the side deservedly got themselves back into the game.
They got in front just eight minutes later as Crama rose highest to head home from a corner to grab his third of the season with a powerful effort. In truth, it could well have been more in the closing stages as Young-Coombes also crashed an effort off the post before Brook was denied his hat-trick on 88 minutes when the ball was won back by one of the Trialists, and then the Australian's shot was well saved well by the Aris keeper.
Brentford B: Rees, Crama, Russell (Trialist, 60), Jefferies, Hercules, Syla (Young-Coombes, 60) Trialist, Trevitt, Gordon, Brook, Adams
Subs: Trialist, Hockenhull, Racic
Aris Limassol: Sofrinou, Roncaglia, Brown, Frangos, Lopes, Delmiro, Monnet-Paquet, Spoljaric, Kvashuk, Babicka,
Subs: Papastylianou, Eleftheriou, Andreou, Moussounda, Mattheou, Koroma, Sikorski, Radut, Iosifidis, Pacheco, Gilbert, Garcia