Brentford v Posh Nationwide League Division 2 – 13 Oct 01
Venue: Griffin Park, Brentford
Score: Peterborough Utd 1 v Brentford 2
Referee: Paul Armstrong
The Posh were unlucky to come away from Griffin Park with nothing to show for all their attacking endeavours after causing plenty of problems for Brentford and threatening to spoil the club’s centenary celebrations.
It was a case of too little too late for Barry Fry’s men as substitute Simon Rea’s headed goal 11 minutes from time proved not enough following a late show where chances rained down on the Brentford goal.
The damage was caused in the opening period when strikes from Lloyd Owusu and Paul Evans put them two goals ahead, in front of a capacity crowd of over 11,000 – the biggest crowd Griffin Park had seen in 10 years.
The match began with an electric atmosphere and it was Posh who adjusted the quickest, winning a corner as early as the second minute.
And although that came to nothing, the visitors had strong penalty appeals turned down when Leon McKenzie appeared to be felled in the penalty area.
A Posh flag-kick was won two minutes on and after Jimmy Bullard’s centre was cleared, Richard Forsyth struck a half volley inches wide of the target when positioned just outside the box.
It was a real wide open affair and it took two marvellous stops from goalkeeper Mark Tyler to prevent Brentford taking the lead. Firstly he did well to hold on to a fierce Kevin O’Connor drive at the near post, before remarkably tipping over the bar after Evans had powered in a blistering shot from eight yards out with 13 minutes on the clock.
Lloyd Owusu should have done better in front of goal, but he nodded a free header over from Paul Gibb’s accurate left wing cross.
The striker made it count on 20 minutes however, Gibbs took a corner from the right hand side, which Owusu met with a leaping header at the back post after the ball had eluded Tyler.
Danielsson looked to create an opening that would have got Posh on level terms immediately, but Forsyth flashed his right wing centre just wide.
The second goal came on the stroke of half time when Dean Hooper was adjudged to have fouled on the edge of the area. Evans made no mistake from the resultant free-kick, bending around the wall and leaving Tyler with no chance as the ball rocketed into the far corner.
In Barry Fry’s attempt to bolster the back line and get back into the match, Simon Rea was called upon to replace Danielsson. Marc Joseph reverted to the left-back berth with Tom Williams pushing up into the left midfield area.
Posh responded be winning a 49th minute corner that Darren Powell had to head off the line, once Andy Edwards had leapt well at the far post.
The contest flew wide open once again in the 79th minute, as substitute Simon Rea dived in at the back post after McKenzie had placed a high ball across the face of goal.
Next McKenzie got in the way of a Hooper drive that was destined for the back of the net with just seven minutes to go.
In the dying moments Gottskalksson showed safe hands to deny Andy Clarke an equaliser after he had turned well inside the penalty area.
Posh: Mark Tyler, Dean Hooper, Marc Jospeh, Andy Edwards, Tom Williams (sub Neale Fenn), Helgi Danielsson (sub Simon Rea), Jimmy Bullard, Richard Forsyth, David Farrell, Andy Clarke and Leon McKenzie.
Unused subs: Gareth Jelleyman, Tony Shields and Dan Connor.
Brentford: Olafur Gottskalksson, Kevin O’Connor, Ivar Ingimarson, Darren Powell, Paul Gibbs, Paul Evans, Gavin Mahon, Jason Price, Stephen Hunt, Lloyd Owusu (sub Dobson) and Ben Burgess (sub Derek Bryan).
Unused subs: Mark Williams, David Theobald and Paul Smith.
Goal scorers: Simon Rea (Posh). Lloyd Owusu and Paul Evans (Brentford).
Bookings: Dean Hooper and Tom Williams (Posh).