Brentford Under-18s exit FA Youth Cup

Brentford Under-18s saw their FA Youth Cup campaign come to an end when they lost 5-0 to a powerful Aston Villa Under-18 side on Friday evening.

The team faced the opportunity to play at Villa Park after being drawn into the competition for the first time since the Academy was reintroduced at the start of the 2022/23 season. Standing in their way were four-time FA Youth Cup holders Aston Villa.

The majority of the under-18 squad take part in Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s Football Education Programme, and were given the opportunity to participate for the first time by playing in the historic Youth Cup competition, facing- to a Category. an opponent

The game provided an opportunity for B team players Bryon Wilson, Tony Yogane and Isaac Holland to make their first appearance for the Under-18s in a high-profile game.

The young Bees were aware of the challenge ahead with Villa looking sharp from the start. On five minutes Kyrie Pierre was played through by Todd Alcock, but the number 11 had his short-range shot cleared off the line brilliantly by Brentford’s Zach McAllister.

Two minutes later, Rory Wilson opened the scoring for the hosts when he beat Adam Mlynarczyk from a tight angle with a chip.

After some good tempo play from the visitors, Villa grabbed their second of the game after captain Kobei Moore got on the end of an Alcock corner and powerfully slotted the ball into the back of the net.

In what was always going to be a tough night for the away side, they showed promising signs in the first 20 minutes.

Brentford under 18s

Holland looked sharp for the Bees, particularly in the attacking areas, the number 11’s strike from inside the box looked on target but Kerr Smith blocked his effort well.

Wilson grabbed his second for the Young Villains when Omari Kellyman’s powerful volley was saved spectacularly by Mlynarczyk, but the number nine was first on the scene to tap in the rebound from three yards to make it 3- 0.

There was no doubting Brentford’s work ethic as they pressed a strong Villa team and continued to work hard in all areas of the pitch as the break approached.

In the 43rd minute, Yogane had a good effort saved when his left-footed effort was met by James Wright after the number nine let fly from a tight angle.

The Bees started the second half brightly and looked the better side in the early stages, with Mark Osei looking particularly dangerous down the right.

The visitors began to frustrate Villa as they pressed high up the pitch leaving the home side with no room to play.

In the 58th minute, Henry Mott stole the ball from Alcock and had a shot at goal from 25 yards, but his effort went over the crossbar.

Young Bees vs Villa

Despite Brentford’s promising display, Wilson sealed his hat-trick and Villa’s fourth in the 65th minute when a cut-back pass from Pierre found the striker who slotted home from close range.

Villa were awarded a penalty in the 10th minute after a weak back pass forced Mlynarczyk into a tackle on Pierre which the referee deemed a foul.

Finley Munroe smashed his penalty past Mlynarczyk putting the game completely out of sight for the Bees.

Despite the score, Brentford’s young players would have benefited from some good experience against a talented Aston Villa side.

Brentford U18: Mlynarczyk, Frimpong (Hughes, 79), McAllister, Wilson, Nyam, Osei (Blanco, 78), Mott (Edgell, 88), Cosgrave, Holland, Bessasa-Grant, Yogane

Unused subs: Anderson, Torrance, Bio, Kimpiob

Booked: McAllister, Holland, Wilson

Aston Villa U18: Wright, Rowe, Barber, Smith (70′, Softley), Munroe, Alcock, Moore (70′, Rhoades), Simpson, Wilson, Kellyman (62′, Lynch), Pierre

Unused subs: Hammond, Katsukunya, Onuchukwu, Pavey

Reserved: Munroe

Source: Brentford Under-18s exit FA Youth Cup

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