B Team/U23 Friendly at Jersey Road
Team: Brzozowski, Dalling, Phillips, Rowan, Fox, Hamalainen, Alfa, Bettache, Walker, Bensal-McNulty, Mesias.
All Six Subs Used: Michael Kelly, Jack Williams, Ben Wells, Ali Omar, Themis Kefalas and Kingsley Eshun.
Brentford got off to a flying start with an opening goal within 90 seconds following a corner. Despite his initial effort being blocked by a teammate, the follow-up was rifled in the net by Sorensen from 12 yards.
On a very windy afternoon, play was scrappy at times. However, Rangers went close to an equaliser after 20 minutes when Hamalainen’s cross from the left found Lewis Walker, but his diving header came off the post.
A Bansal-McNulty free kick from 20-odd yards forced a flying save from Patrik Gunnarsson.
The home side had a good opportunity to double their lead after Zamburek set up Hardy, but the R’s custodian made a good stop.
Rangers got a deserved equaliser after 37 minutes. Bansal-McNulty’s superb through ball to Faysal Bettache was drilled into the bottom corner.
Just before the break, Matej Majka could well have given the Bees the lead, but he put his shot wide of the far post. Half-time: 1-1.
A substitute keeper was brought on for the second-half to replace Marcin Brzozowski. Not named on the team sheet, ChrisPTenner later ascertained that it was Michael Kelly, previously of Longford Town.
Charlie Fox was booked for a pull-back on the Brentford winger.
A number of other changes were made which saw the R’s with three at the back, Ben Wells in front of them and Jack Williams partnering Deshane Dallling at wing-back.
After receiving a long ball, Lewis Walker’s shot was blocked just inside the box.
At the other end, Michael Kelly superbly stopped a shot with his body as he was going down.
The Bees were awarded a free kick after Charlie Fox’s off-the-ball foul. Henrik Johansson stepped up and smashed the free kick into the back of the net from 25 yards.
Deshane Dalling started a move down the right flank and had the opportunity to finish it, but he didn’t get enough on the ball to trouble the Bees keeper.
Brentford went further ahead with about three minutes remaining. David Titov’s cross from the right found Jan Zamburek well placed amongst a static defence and was able to head the ball into the far corner.
Also introduced during the course of the second half were: Ali Omar, Kingsley Eshun and Themis Kefalas.