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30 September 2017 Venue The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre Attendance

Kick off 11:30 (UK)

Brighton and Hove Albion U18
2 - 2
Arsenal U18

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Match Reports


30 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion under-18 defender Alex Cochrane.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s conceded deep into stoppage time to draw 2-2 with Arsenal at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this afternoon.

The Seagulls had twice led through goals from Danny Cashman and Stefan Ljubicic, either side of James Olayinka’s goal, but in the fifth minute of added time, the Gunners rescued a point on the south coast.

Under-18 coach Ian Buckman made two changes to the side that lost 3-0 at Fulham last time out, with Hayden Roberts and Columbus Ibeh coming into the team.

Tyrese Fornah has Albion’s first opportunity at goal, as he took responsibility from a free-kick, but the attacker’s curling effort was helped over the crossbar by Arsenal goalkeeper Joao Virginia.

After the ball fell to Ibeh inside the box from a corner, the winger laid the ball into Cashman on the edge of the area, but the striker’s effort sailed over the crossbar.

After a non-eventful end to the first half, Ryan Longman beat his marker at the start of the second, before crossing to Fornah inside the box, but his first-time shot was blocked in front of goal.

Longman continued to be Albion’s creative spark, however Charlie Ferguson’s shot from the winger’s cutback was blocked, before Cashman volleyed over from inside the box moments later.

But Albion were rewarded for their constant pressure in the 83rd minute when Cashman broke the deadlock, as he headed home from Stefan Ljubicic’s cross to the back post, following a fine pass from Fornah.

Albion’s lead was quashed immediately from the restart though, as Olayinka beat Tom McGill to level the scores and cancel out the hard work Buckman’s team had produced for the opening goal.

The match looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw, but in the third minute of stoppage time Ljubicic beat his marker inside the six-yard box to head Albion in front from Isaac Hutchinson’s floated cross.

Remarkably, with little time on the clock, the Gunners managed to find an equalising goal with five minutes of added time played, with the final touch going in off Ljubicic, meaning the spoils would be shared.

ALBION: McGill; Morrison, Shihab, Clark-Eden, Roberts (Hutchinson 60); Ferguson, Cochrane; Longman (Tutt 89), Fornah, Ibeh (Ljubicic 70); Cashman.

Subs not used: Bentley (GK), Weaire.

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