News in brief: Bees youngsters draw with Millwall, Balbirnie joy

Lee featured for the Bees
Lee featured for the Bees

Brentford Under-21s
Richard Lee and Josh Laurent once again featured as the Bees’ development side extended their unbeaten run to six matches with a 1-1 draw against Millwall. Emmanuel Oyeleke opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark but Jamie Philpot equalised for the Lions in the second half. First-team players Justin Hoyte and Nicky Bailey were included in the Millwall side.

Uefa Youth League
Chelsea’s quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid will be played at the Cobham training centre on Tuesday 10 March, behind closed doors. Kick-off will be at 3pm.

Chelsea Under-21s
The Blues’ game with Leicester City on Friday will now be played behind closed doors at Cobham. The match against Fulham, originally scheduled for Friday 13 March, has been postponed, with a new date yet to be confirmed.

Jonathan Douglas
The 33-year-old has been named as one of Brentford’s best players of the last decade in a fan poll ahead of the Football League Awards. Each league club nominated four players – a goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and a striker – based on supporters’ votes, to go forward to an overall team of the decade. Douglas, who remains a key figure in the present side, got the midfield nomination, while Wojciech Szczesny – who played 28 times for the Bees while on loan from Arsenal – was named the club’s best goalkeeper. Michael Turner was the fans’ choice for best Bees defender, with Lloyd Owusu the top striker.

The Ryman Premier Division club will play their first competitive match at their future home later this month. The London Senior Cup quarter-final against Corinthian-Casuals will take place on Thursday 26 March at Silver Jubilee Park in Kingsbury, which will eventually become the club’s base after their groundshare with Harrow Borough ends.

Andy Balbirnie
The Middlesex batsman made 58 from 71 balls against one of cricket’s best attacks in Ireland’s World Cup defeat to South Africa in Canberra. His county colleague Paul Stirling went for 0-68 off 10 overs as the Proteas racked up an astonishing 411-4 in their 50 overs. Stirling was caught behind off Dale Steyn for just nine as Ireland slumped to 48-5 at one stage, but Balbirnie top scored to help his side reach 210 before they were bowled out.

Bradley Wiggins
The Kilburn-raised world time-trial champion has been confirmed as part of Team Sky’s line-up for the Paris-Nice race, which starts on Sunday.

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