On Sunday 13th November, Brentford Ladies played their first ever game at the Gtech Community Stadium in front of a world record crowd of 5,116 fans.
Ahead of kick off the atmosphere was building, with sales on women’s clothing at the Bees Superstore and face painting.
The UEFA Women’s Euros trophy was also at the stadium, for fans to have the chance to have their photo taken with it, and there were special guests including former Lioness Rachel Yankey, and football freestyler Kumi.
A two minutes silence was also held ahead of kick off, after poppy wreaths were laid by both head coaches to mark remembrance Sunday.
Despite Brentford dominating in terms of chances, it was Watford who opened the scoring, when Lily Hall tucked it home behind Hadrava in the Brentford goal.
Brentford were not backing down though and the left-sided combination of Matthews and Logie caused problems for the Watford defence.
Hrisimova was also looking to trouble the Brentford keeper, with multiple long range efforts.
Logie saw a second effort go just wide in the 35th minute, and Nikki Saunders also grew into the game, having a shot saved by Watford keeper Ginn as the clock ticked toward half-time.
Despite the Watford goal it was Brentford who dominated the first half, with more chances and more possession as the game progressed. It would be interesting to see how the West London side would react in the second half.
Brentford started the second half just as brightly as they finished the first, and found themselves 1-0 up in the opening minute thanks to captain Sophie Troth.
Kirtsy Matthews also found herself through on goal not long after, but her shot just hit the post going wide.
Brentford went ahead in the 64th minute, when Kirtsy Matthews got herself a thoroughly deserved goal.
They weren’t done there though, Brentford were looking to make it 3 straight from the restart, but nothing was enough to trouble Ginn in the Watford goal.
Brentford didn’t have it all their own way though, as Watford earned a corner on the 70th minute mark. It was well dealt with by Brentford though and they looked to break on the counter. After winning a free-kick the bees kept it in the area and a chance was soon snapped up by Chloe Logie, who got her 12th goal in her 12th appearance since being promoted to the first team in the summer.
As the game entered injury time, Watford earned themselves a penalty. Safiya Dean put it into the roof of the net and past Brentford keeper Hadrava.
Then, from the restart, the visitors then pushed for a late equaliser.
It was not to be for Watford though. Cottrell put the cherry on the cake for Brentford, with a beautifully curled goal that keeper Ginn could only stand and watch.
Lilly Hadrava, Nadia Peters (80), Regan Graver, Afyia Johnson (83), Chloe Logie, Sophie Troth ©, Chloe Webb, Nikki Saunders (67), Kirsty Matthews (85), Jodie Reid (54), Laura Miller.
Subs - Madeline Heavingham-Ford (80), Alexandra Nord (85), Orla Mccomb (83), Demi Edwards (54), Eleonora Cottrell (67).
Watford Ladies Development
Tia Ginn, Mia Bristol, Shayni Marriner (45), Reese Ayres ©, Mainie Dakin, Iva Hrisimova (57), Rebecca Lovelace (79), Harley Carr, Sophia Amanor, Lily Hall (84), Natalie Cloy (44, 68).
Subs - Sakina Dhirani (57), Naomi Jackson (45, 68), Aliyah Anderson (44), Erin Shacklock (84), Safiya Dean (79).