Yeovil Town's Under 18s side pulled off a shock result in the FA Youth Cup tonight when they defeated Brentford 2-0 at Griffin Park in a Second Round tie. The 'shock' element was that the home side had comfortably beaten the Glovers only last month in a league cup competition and a tough evening was expected.
The Bees unsurprisingly held the uppper hand during much of the early stages of the game although this was not such a one-sided first half as last month's league cup match. The odd chance was created at the other end, with Liam Hoarder denied by a strong save from Bees keeper Seb Brown when he headed goalward, whilst Danny O'Brien's effort from the right flank went into the side netting on the angle.
One of Brentford's faults in the past meeting between the two sides was their tendency to overpass the ball without genuinely creating too many chances, and bar the odd moment when the ball whistled across the face of the box, Yeovil were finding it relatively comfortable going at the back, with keeper Peter Burridge finding his work mainly limited to collecting crosses.
Just past the hour mark though, the Glovers got a goal out of nothing. Tom Clarke received the ball on the left flank, and spotting the keeper somewhat off his line, went for a shot from distance, looping in a sensational 40 yard volley over the keeper's head and into the roof of the net.
Brentford tried to fight back, and went somewhat more direct, trying to test the ability of Burridge to deal with high balls into the box. But he and his defenders coped admirably, and the closest they got was when Ivailo Dimitrov tried to emulate Clarke's goal by shooting from distance, but Burridge showed he had spring in his shoes by brilliantly palming the ball over his crossbar.
With eight minutes left, a well worked team goal saw Liam Hoarder feed Tom Clarke on the left flank and he out-paced the Brentford defence to slot the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the area to seal the tie.
Congratulations to manager Stuart Housley and his players - their reward is a home tie against Ipswich Town in the Third Round of the competition. This tie is due to be completed by December 16th 2006.
Line-Up: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Matt Concliffe 12. Harry Sherwood 5. Gary Bowles 3. Oliver Wake 7. Danny O'Brien 4. Lewis Gundry 8. Phil Ormrod 11. Jamie Morgan 10. Liam Hoarder 9. Tom Clarke.
Subs: 13. John Steele 16. James Hatcher 17. Ren Turnock 15. Joe Hastie.
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