- Late free-kick denies Albion a point against Chelsea
- Tom McGill saves Charlie Brown's first-half penalty
- Billy Gilmour curls home the winning with ten minutes left
- The Seagulls play Southampton away next weekend
After frustrating Chelsea for 80 minutes at their Cobham Training Ground this evening, Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s were narrowly beaten 1-0 after Billy Gilmour scored a free-kick to snatch the points.
Ian Buckman’s team defended brilliantly to prevent the Blues from taking the game by storm, but after Tom McGill saved a penalty from Charlie Brown, the shot-stopper was finally beaten by Gilmour’s well-controlled effort.
The hosts began the game on the front foot as Brown headed just wide of the target from George McEachran’s corner, before the Chelsea striker rolled wide shortly afterwards.
But McGill then presented the Blues with an opportunity to take the lead, after bringing down a Chelsea player inside the box, but the Albion goalkeeper made a terrific save to push Brown’s spot-kick wide of the post.
Marc Guehi then clipped the crossbar with a close-range header for the Blues, but their persistence to take the lead was denied, as Buckman’s team continued to make themselves hard the break down.
Albion’s first notable opportunity fell to Isaac Hutchinson inside the penalty area, but his tame volley from Mamadou Kone’s delivery sailed over Nicolas Tie’s crossbar.
Stefan Ljubicic came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock shortly before half-time, but his angled header from Hutchinson’s cross bounced along the goal-line, before Guehi cleared the danger.
Chelsea’s pressure didn’t waver in the second half, as McEachran and Marcel Lavinier both drilled efforts just wide of the target, before Tino Anjorin earned the Blues a free-kick in a dangerous position just outside the box.
With time running at Cobham, Gilmour stepped up and bent a wonderful effort past McGill to give the Blues a 1-0 lead, which was a hard for Buckman’s team to digest, after an organised performance on the road.
Teddy Hoare drilled a low shot wide of the goal in the closing stages, but the Seagulls were unable to find an equaliser, on an evening that almost saw them hold the league leaders to a respectable draw.
ALBION: McGill; Morrison, Clark-Eden, Roberts, Kone; Hutchinson, Cochrane, Shihab, Araujo (Hoare 64); Cashman (Longman 67), Ljubicic (Ferguson 78).
SUBS NOT USED: Bentley (GK), Tutt.