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Posted on: Fri 29 Jul 2011

A late goal from centre back Michael Dart gave Brentford a deserved share of the spoils against Watford in their second fixture in the prestigious Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

The Hornets' side, drawn from the Hertfordshire club's academy, had taken the lead early in the second half with their only shot on goal but Brentford never gave up and were rewarded when a Lewis Lavender free kick was headed on and Dart gave the Watford keeper no chance.

It was the least Brentford deserved after dominating possession, The Bees had the ball 57 per cent of the time, but Watford had taken the lead in the second half after a move down the right fell to the back post for the Watford striker to clinically finish.


Watford, who have had a Football Academy for 11 years, started the game strongly and didn't allow The Bees time on the ball and space to play their passing game.

Brentford goalkeeper Jamie Kelly had to be alert to snuff out early danger as a Watford striker looked to close on a loose ball.

Captain Michael Onovwigun had The Bees best effort of the first half but his long range effort was comfortably saved as the fiercely contested game ended even at the interval.

Watford took the lead nine minutes after the break when Dart failed to stop a cross coming into the box and it was clinically finished.

Seika Jatta, who gave the Watford defence a headache all afternoon, went close when he turned his defender before shooting straight at the keeper.

Watford's main chances came from long balls in to the box and they should have done better when a loose ball was shot wide.

As the game went on the Brentford team, an under-16 squad drawn from the Club's Centre of Excellence, took control and created the better chances.

Onovwigun headed a chance wide in the later stages before Dart stole the show.

Head Coach Danny Buck said: "Watford really closed us down in the first half and it was difficult for us to play our natural passing game.

"However, in the second half I thought we were excellent and a point was the least we deserved.

"We controlled the game and withstood the Watford aerial attack."

The Bees are nicely placed in the competition after two draws and play local side County Fermangh at midday tomorrow.

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Brentford: Jamie Kelly; Makhosini Khayne (Jesus Martinez Ruiz), Michael Dart, Audrius Laucys, Jordan Watson (Daniel Webster); Fabian Rowe, Lewis Lavender, Michael Onovwigun (Jhonnaton Castiblanco), Zain Westbrook (Patipat Smith); Herson Rodrigues Alves, Seika Jatta

Subs (not used): Francisco Etame-Mbela, Ben Peden

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