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Posted Fri 25 Mar 11 at 21:42 PM

BRENTFORD 2 CARLISLE UNITED 1

Jeffrey Schlupp marked his first Football League start with a double as Brentford beat Carlisle United.

The warm-up for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final - the teams meet at Wembley in nine days - looked set to drift to a goalless draw before Schlupp struck twice in nine second half minutes.

Lubomir Michalik pulled one back for the visitors to set up a grandstand finish but Brentford had enough in the tank to take the points.

The Bees probably had the better of the first twenty minutes, but there were few openings.

Schlupp toe-poked straight at Adam Collin after breaking through a couple of challenges and Pim Balkestein headed over when well placed.

Myles Weston almost caught Collin out with a curling free kick that beat the goalkeeper but drifted just past the post.

It was a quiet opening at the other end - Simon Moore was lucky to see a clearance fall kindly for him after it hit Craig Curran but apart from a comfortable claim from a Ben Marshall cross he had nothing to do.

The visitors almost caught Brentford napping when Harry Arter got the better of Robbie Neilson on the Carlisle left, his cross fell to Curran and although Moore got down superbly to get a hand to it the ball was rolling in and Craig Woodman had to clear off the line.

Brentford went close at the other end soon after - Gary Alexander saw a shot blocked after he picked up a Weston pass following a dummy from Marcus Bean and turned sharply.

From the resulting corner Bean's header was cleared off the line by Matt Robson and Schlupp headed wide soon after.

Moore rushed off his line to save at the feet of James Berrett but as half time approached the chances dried up.

Balkestein blocked a Berrett effort soon after half time and Bean had a header blocked for Brentford before Arter had a couple of golden chances for the visitors.

Firstly he missed the target with a volley from 12 yards when he had the whole goal to aim at before he had a shot blocked by Balkestein after good work by Tom Taiwo.

Adam Reed shot straight at Collin after a nice turn and Balkestein headed over the top after beating the Carlisle goalkeeper to a Weston corner.

Taiwo had a header deflected wide for the visitors before they missed another great chance.

Taiwo was involved again, bursting into the box and flicking the ball down for Curran, but he shot over from ten yards.

And Brentford made Carlisle pay from the resulting goal kick - Moore blasted the ball deep into opposition territory, Alexander flicked on and Schlupp got between the defenders to fire his first goal in professional football into the bottom corner.

Toumani Diagouraga came close to doubling the lead with an effort that would have been remembered for years to come.

The tall midfield player dribbled his way from halfway to the edge of the Carlisle box, weaving past four or five players but he shot narrowly wide from 18 yards.

But moments later the game was all but over.

A Sam Wood free kick caused chaos in the Carlisle defence, goalkeeper Collin managed to prevent Alexander and Balkestein forcing it in but Schlupp lashed it in from 15 yards.

However, Carlisle wouldn't allow the game to drift to a close.

Substitute Rory Loy ran through the middle on to a Taiwo pass and although he got a shot away that Moore saved well, although Carlisle appealed he was outside his penalty area at the time, referee Roger East gave a free kick for a foul by Leon Legge.

The defender was booked and Michalik lashed the resulting free kick through the defensive wall and into the net from 20 yards.

The Cumbrians pushed for an equaliser but couldn't break through and The Bees took the points.

Brentford: Moore; Neilson (sub O'Connor 65 mins), Legge, Balkestein, Woodman; Reed (sub Byrne 61 mins), Bean, Diagouraga, Weston (sub Wood 74 mins); Alexander, Schlupp

Subs (not used): Carson, Wright, Spillane, Grabban

Bookings: Legge (87 mins) (seventh of season)

Carlisle United: Collin; Simek, Michalik, Murphy, Robson; Thirlwell, Taiwo, Berrett (sub Zoko 81 mins); Marshall, Arter; Curran (sub Loy 81 mins)

Subs (not used): Caig, Livesey, Noble, Cooper, Wells

Bookings: Arter (39 mins), Murphy (90 mins)

Attendance: 4,365 (360 away fans)

By Chris Wickham

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