Our 2018 contest at Brentford’s Griffin Park was certainly one to remember, with the Bees players serving up a 12 goal thriller which was easily a contender for game of the season! Despite going behind 2-0 early on, the Away team came back to prevail 7-5, however with so many chances at both ends the game could easily have gone either way. Star man was Stuart Schofield, who racked up an impressive 5 goal haul for the Away team, which deservedly won him the MOTM trophy.
Date: Sunday 13th May 2018
Venue: Griffin Park
Brentford (Home) vs Brentford (Away)
Kick Off: 17:45 pm
Match Officials: Peter Giggins, Spencer Brewer, Adam Jones & Stuart Wood
It was a glorious, warm sunny evening in West London as our Brentford match kicked off, with the Home team wearing the Bees Red and White striped kit and the Away team sporting the Green change kit.
The Home team started brightly with Ben Leeson going close after a surging run into the left side of the box, however Away centre half Darren Hunt did well to cut out his effort. The lively looking Ian Reddington went close soon afterwards when he ran through a gap in the defence, however Away keeper Mark Feehan stood up well and pawed the ball away.
Ian Reddington was looking dangerous and with just 7mins gone he opened the scoring for the Home team. No 6 Greg Whitehouse did well to win the ball back on the left and when he played it to Reddington the No 7 finished the move off well with a clinical strike that went in off the right hand post (1-0).
The Home team were looking confident and they doubled their lead on 10mins, Greg Whitehouse raced onto a through ball and after just managing to get to the bouncing ball ahead of the keeper Feehan and defender Hunt he calmly rounded Feehan and side footed the ball into the net (2-0).
The Away team responded well to though and they hit back almost immediately through Stuart Schofield. Captain Steven Scouller played a ball into space on the left side of the defence and the speedy striker raced away from his marker and fired a low shot past the Home keeper Jack Feehan (2-1).
The match was wide open at this stage and Whitehouse went close soon after when he latched onto a clever through ball from Reddington, however his angled effort bounced off the far post and away to safety. Despite the chances for the Home team it was the Away team who levelled the tie with 15mins gone. No 8 Julien Sanders collected the ball on the left and played a clever cutback for Stuart Schofield and the deadly striker made no mistake, hooking the ball home from 8 yards out with his trusty left peg (2-2).
The Home team continued to press and Ben Leeson tested Mark Feehan with a shot from distance, however the keeper was up to the task and held onto the ball comfortably. The Away team broke up the field and when Joe Feehan collected the ball in midfield there didn’t look much on, however the No 10 threaded a perfect ball through the defence for Stuart Schofield to run onto and the striker did the rest, flicking the ball past he advancing keeper to rack up a quick-fire hat-trick with just 21mins on the clock! (2-3)
Stuart Schofield was on fire and within 4mins he had doubled the Away team’s lead! The No 9’s strike partner Steven Scouller played him in on the left and the No 9 controlled the ball and smashed it low past the keeper into the net (2-4).
However the Home team weren’t deterred and they hit back on 27mins! Ben Leeson played the ball to Nick Pitt and the home captain released Greg Whitehouse and the No 6 comfortably side footed the ball high past the keeper into the goal (3-4).
The 1st half goal spree continued and on 31mins the Home team were level! A good passing move from the back ended in Ben Leeson spreading the play wide right and Ian Reddington’s pinpoint cross was cleverly turned into the net with the outside of his right foot by Captain Nick Pitt (4-4).
The Home team had their mojo back and on 36mins they were back in front and it was Ian Reddington again with the assist. The No 7 jinking past his marker and squaring the ball for Ben Leeson to smash it past the keeper and into the roof of the net (5-4).
With a few minutes to go until half-time the Home team almost increased their lead through Greg Whitehouse, however his shot on the run drifted just wide of the far post. It was end to end stuff now and at the other end Stuart Schofield almost squared the tie, however Jack Feehan did well to save his well struck effort with his legs.
That was the final chance of the half and soon afterwards the ref’s whistle brought to an end an incredible end to end opening period! The Home team were ahead 5-4, but with a host of chances at both ends it was anybody’s guess as to who would come out on top by the end of the 90mins.
Half-Time: Brentford (Home) 5 - 4 Brentford (Away)
The Away team certainly started the half in determined fashion and their Captain Steven Scouller had an early chance, however his near post effort was well saved by Jack Feehan.
The pacy partnership of Schofield and Scouller continued to cause the Home defence problems and the Green and Whites looked a constant threat in attack, however the Home defence were well organised and held out well in the early stages of the half. Steve Cartland was also proving to be a danger and when the right mid raced clear of his marker and cut the ball back onto his left foot he looked odds on to level the tie, however Jack Feehan did brilliantly to dive to his left and palm his low shot away.
Feehan Jnr was certainly being kept busy and soon after he did very well to block an effort from Scouller with his feet, however the rebound fell to Scouller’s strike partner Stuart Schofield and the clinical striker made no mistake, firing home the ball from 10 yards out with his trusty left foot. The striker’s 5th goal of the game levelling the scores with 67mins gone! (5-5).
With fatigue setting in now the pacy Away attack were cutting the Home defence apart at will and Schofield had two gilt edged chances in quick succession, however his trusty left peg surprisingly let him down and he fired both efforts off target.
Back came the Home team and Ian Reddington’s left foot effort went just the wrong side of the post. The Away team broke down the pitch and Schofield’s fierce shot tested Jack Feehan’s reflexes again, however the keeper was up to the task and produced a fantastic save with his right hand.
The Away team continued to press for the all-important 6th goal and with just 10mins left it arrived! Stuart Schofield took a quick throw in to Steve Cartland and he chased down the return pass and somehow hooked it back across goal towards his full back Andy Harland, who was perfectly positioned to side-foot the ball home from close range (5-6).
The Home team couldn’t find a way back into the game and the Green and Whites sealed their win right on full time. Julien Sanders collected a goal kick and seeing the keeper off his line he let fly with a brilliant shot that sailed into the net from fully 25 yards out (5-7).
The final whistle went shortly afterwards with the Away team coming out on top 7-5. It had been a fantastic end to end game right from the start and the watching fans had certainly got their money’s worth!
Huge thanks again to Brentford FC, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and all our players for their fantastic support.
Full-Time: Brentford (Home) 5 - 7 Brentford (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Ben Leeson
Man of the Match Away: Stuart Schofield
Moment of the Match: Jack Feehan
Home Team: Jack Feehan, Tony Griffiths, Andrew Balmforth, Jack Scullion-Stevenson, Greg Whitehouse, Ian Reddington, Andrew Bell, Nick Pitt (C), James Leeson, Ben Leeson, Andrew Pearcey
Home Mascot: Rupert Reddington
Away Team: Mark Feehan, Darren Hunt, David Preston, Jon Potter, Steve Cartland, Julien Sanders, Stuart Schofield, Joe Feehan, Steven Scouller (C), Andrew Harland, Andy Richardson,
Away Mascot: Ella Rose Schofield
Match Report written by Simon Farnan
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