Michael Olakigbe inspired Brentford B to a big win against AS Monaco U21s
By Joe Acklam
19th Jan 2023 | Football
Michael Olakigbe starred with a brace as Brentford B pulled off an impressive 4-1 win away against Monaco under-21s.
After a bright start for the hosts, Yehor Yarmoliuk broke free and gave the Bees the lead five minutes before the break and then Olakigbe added a quick fire second to send Brentford into the dressing rooms in charge.
Valentin Decarpentrie pulled one back early in the second half, but Olakigbe got another before Ryan Trevitt rounded off an excellent afternoon for the young Bees.
This win makes it three from three in 2023 for Brentford B ahead of playing host to Huddersfield Town in a friendly this Saturday.
Monaco started quickly and before long Roco Rees was earning his corn as Enzo Baglieri got on the end of a cross and turned it goalwards from close range, but the Brentford stopper did well to deny him.
Malamine Efekele caused problems of his own as the wide man cut in from the left and lined up a shot which Rees was able to get behind and push to safety.
After weathering the early storm, Brentford begun to turn the tides in Monaco and with five minutes remaining in the opening half, Yarmoliuk nicked the ball in midfield and drove forwards into space and slotted the ball cooly into the corner of the net.
The Bees would have been content to go into the break with a one-goal lead, but it got better for them as Olakigbe exploded beyond the full-back down the left, came inside and curled a shot deliciously into the far top corner.
Les Rouge et Blanc came out of the break swinging and soon cut the deficit in half as a cross flashed across the face of goal and Decarpentrie arrived in the middle to divert it into the back of the net.
Olakigbe was proving a real handful on the counter, he burst away in transition and picked out Fin Stevens careering in at the far post, but he didn't catch hold of the ball properly and his effort went wide.
It was the 18-year-old again to make it three as after another Monaco attack broke down, Olakigbe scampered away down the right and into the box, where he was allowed too much space to get a shot off, he reversed his effort powerfully at the near post and it slammed against the back of the net.
Trevitt then capped off a tremendous team performance as he beat his man all ends up and finessed his shot low into the net to get the fourth.