Brentford B progressed to the Quarter-Finals of the London FA Senior Cup with a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Harrow Borough following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.
The Peter Rogers Family Stadium was the setting as the young Bees looked to progress in another competition and add to their strong run of form in recent weeks. A Jude Russell goal in the first half was cancelled out by a second half strike from James Ewington before Nathan Young-Coombes netted the decisive spot kick. Brentford B’s starting XI was boosted by the inclusion of Josh Dasilva, who came through 45 minutes of play as he steps up his return from injury.
It was an electric start for Neil MacFarlane’s side who threatened a great deal in the opening moments. Good work from Russell saw him surge forward before he found Max Haygarth down the right-hand side before he combined with Alex Gilbert. The ball then found its way to Dasilva on the edge of the box and his shot was well blocked by the Borough back line.
On six minutes the opener came when Russell got forward well once again. After receiving the ball in the box he fired an effort towards the far corner, and with the help of a nick off of a defender, the ball found its way into the net.
It perhaps should have been two just five minutes later when Brentford B got in behind the Borough defence and Young-Coombes was played in on goal but he couldn’t convert as his effort edged wide of the left-hand post.
The Bees continued to threaten with Dasilva looking dangerous as he picked up possession from deep and travelled well with the ball on numerous occasions. Just after 20 minutes he profited from a wonderful flick from Ryan Trevitt and the midfielder charged up the field on the counter-attack, but the move just broke down as he looked to combine with Haygarth and the Borough defenders rushed back.
A Young-Coombes free-kick went straight at the wall on 23 minutes which preceded a chance for Harrow as George Moore’s header was recycled and Ahmet Biler saw his low cross pounced upon by Matt Cox in goal. James Mansfield then saw his header go straight at the Brentford keeper before Nico Jones also pulled off a strong block before the break.
Harrow started the second half brightly with a number of crosses into the box and The Bees had to defend strongly. Brentford had a good chance to test the Borough keeper on 54 minutes when Young-Coombes had another free-kick, which beat the wall this time, but the shot stopper made a smart save low to his right.
The game then changed when Harrow levelled soon after as Ewington latched onto a long ball over the top before going through on goal and slotting home to make it 1-1.
Dom Jefferies then had a good opportunity to get Brentford back in front when he was found in space on the right-hand side of the box and his initial shot was saved well and his follow up attempt was blocked.
Balai Dembele then had a wonderful chance to put Harrow in front when he was found in a bit of space within the Brentford box. The number 10 composed himself and looked to curl an effort home from around 10 yards out but he miscued as the shot was straight at Cox who collected.
It was almost a fantastic ending before full-time when Gilbert got on the end of a Haygarth cross from the left, and despite connecting well first time, he was unable to keep his shot on target as it nestled just wide as the game moved to penalties.
It was a perfect shootout for The Bees as Haygarth, Jefferies, Gilbert, Roy Syla and Young-Coombes all found the net from the spot whilst Anthony O’Connor missed for Harrow as his effort went over.
The Bees will now face Dartford away from home in the Quarter-Final stage.
Harrow Borough: Strizovic, Ikebausi, Biler, Mansfield, Taylor, Adenola, Moore, Cole, Ewington, Dembele, Keita
Subs: Donnellan, Charles-Smith, O'Connor, Wynter
Brentford B: Cox, Russell, Crama (Hockenhull, 65) Jones, Haygarth, Jefferies, Dasilva (Oyegoke, 45), Gordon, Gilbert, Young-Coombes, Trevitt (Syla, 65)
Subs: Winterbottom, Hercules
Booked: Gordon, Jones