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YOUTH TEAM EDGED OUT AT BRENTFORD

EFL Youth Alliance action

11 February 2023

Academy

YOUTH TEAM EDGED OUT AT BRENTFORD

EFL Youth Alliance action

11 February 2023

Northampton Town Under 18s lost 2-1 away to Brentford in the EFL Youth Alliance League South East on Saturday morning.

Kai O’Keeffe scored the young Cobblers’ goal.

The hosts controlled the opening quarter-of-an-hour and created a number of early opportunities.

Marcus Bald made a strong save from Leo Sery, Chance Headman sent a first-time effort over from six yards and Mark Osei half-volleyed wide from the edge of the area.

Northampton struggled to get into the game and were unable to create their first opening until midway through the first half, Reuben Wyatt curling a 20-yard free-kick won by Charlie Carroll narrowly off target.

Jamari Hart intercepted a clearance, won a 50-50 and took the ball wide before striking low across goal as the Cobblers came close again a few minutes later.

Brentford had been the better team overall, and they opened the scoring five minutes before the break when Sery headed a deep corner past Bald and into the roof of the net.

Harry Guess’ long-range effort was pushed behind by Reggie Rose as the visitors looked for an instant response to falling behind, but their opponents managed to maintain their lead going into the interval.

They doubled their advantage on the hour mark when the ball fell to Henry Mott on the edge of the area, and he smashed into the bottom corner.

Northampton halved the deficit within five minutes when half-time substitute O’Keeffe cut inside and fired home a low shot, and the goal gave them the impetus to push forward in search of an equaliser.

Hart had a goal-bound shot from inside the box blocked by an onrushing defender and O’Keeffe’s dangerous cross agonisingly curled away from Curry and Wyatt at the far post with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.

Their final chance to draw level came in added time when Hart dribbled into the area and smashed in a cross-shot, but Rose claimed the ball at the second time of asking to secure three points for his side.

The youth team travel to Cambridge United in their penultimate regular season fixture next Friday. O’Keeffe and Guess scored the Cobblers’ goals as they secured their first win of the season in October’s reverse fixture.

Cobblers: Marcus Bald, Will Ronald, Kiantay Licorish-Mullings (sub Tom Cartwright 54), Leo Jenkins, Jamari Hart, Reuben Wyatt, Jacob Scott, Harry Guess (sub Josh Rayfield 77), James Owen (sub Archie Murray 61), Tommy Curry, Charlie Carroll (sub Kai O’Keeffe 46)
Sub not used: Elliott Smith


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