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9 October 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion visit Peterborough United in the Checkatrade Trophy.

A Brighton & Hove Albion under-21 side will look to get off the mark in the Checkatrade Trophy this evening, when they take on League One opponents Peterborough United at the ABAX Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm.

Despite a spirited performance and Aaron Connolly's late goal, Simon Rusk’s side were narrowly beaten 2-1 at Luton Town in their opening Southern Group H fixture last month.

The Seagulls had previously strung together six unbeaten matches in the Premier League 2 Division 1, but Derby County sealed three points with a stunning strike to win 1-0 at the beginning of October.

Albion’s trip to the ABAX Stadium provides Rusk’s team with an opportunity to bounce back before the international break, as they hope to improve their chances of progressing to the knockout stages.

Connolly leads Albion's goalscoring charts with six goals in nine matches this season, while strike partner Viktor Gyokeres has found the back of the net on three occasions.

Tonight’s opponents drew their opening fixture against MK Dons to secure a point, but the Posh were unable to claim an additional point, as they lost the penalty shootout that followed.

Steve Evans’s team head into the game on the back of three matches without a victory, most recently losing 4-0 to Barnsley on home soil — which knocked the club off top spot in League One into second.

Following tonight’s game, the Seagulls will then conclude their group stage schedule against MK Dons on Tuesday 13th November, as they make their second visit to Stadium MK in as many seasons.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog from the game on the Match Centre, with a report and gallery being uploaded after the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports


9 October 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion celebrate their penalty shootout victory over Peterborough United.
  • Albion win penalty shootout to seal extra point
  • Aaron Connolly and Jordan Davies level the game for the Seagulls
  • Matt Godden and Jason Cummings put the hosts 2-0 ahead
  • Billy Collings makes important stop in the shootout

A Brighton & Hove Albion under-21 side fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Peterborough United at the ABAX Stadium this evening, before winning a penalty shootout to claim an extra point in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Seagulls fell behind to goals from Matt Godden and Jason Cummings, but Aaron Connolly’s long-range effort halved the deficit before Jordan Davies powered home a header to level the contest.

Albion’s top goalscorer, Connolly, then fired the winning penalty to earn his side an extra point in the shootout, after Billy Collings denied Posh goalscorer Godden.

Viktor Gyokeres forced the first save of the game when the Swede latched onto Mathias Normann’s forward pass and curled towards the bottom corner, but it was a comfortable stop for Aaron Chapman.

The Peterborough shot-stopper had to work harder from Gyokeres’s next effort, as he scooped a shot towards goal from close range, but Chapman showed impressive reactions to tip over for a corner.

James Tilley and George Cox combined well to fashion another opportunity for the Seagulls, but the former’s back-post effort from his team-mate’s low-driven cross sailed wide of the target, as Albion continued their positive start.

But to Albion’s disappointment, the hosts broke the deadlock against the run of play in the 21st minute, as Godden controlled the ball inside the penalty area before unleashing a powerful volley past Collings.

Peterborough grew in confidence after taking the lead and Collings was almost beaten by a ferocious 25-yard effort from Callum Cooke that narrowly cleared the crossbar shortly before the break.

Albion were let off the hook within 20 seconds of the restart, as Cooke controlled inside the penalty area, shifted the ball onto his right foot and saw his curling effort crash back off the upright.

The home side showed a noticeable improvement after the break, and they controversially doubled their lead on 52 minutes after Tilley went to ground on the halfway line and the referee played on.

Despite Albion’s appeals for a free-kick, Peterborough raced forward and found Cummings on the right-hand side of Albion’s penalty area, and the forward delicately chipped the ball over Collings to make it 2-0.

But just as they did at Oxford United last season, Rusk’s team continued to believe and halved the deficit on 72 minutes, and it was Connolly who cut inside onto his right foot and powered an effort into the bottom corner.

The Irishman’s strike injected confidence into the side and seven minutes later they found themselves on level terms, as Davies crashed home a header from Cox’s inch-perfect cross.

Albion almost won it deep into stoppage time, when the ball came back off the crossbar, but the full-time whistle was blown and the game headed for a penalty shootout.

Collings pulled off a fine save to stop Godden’s penalty, and after well-taken spot-kicks from Davies, Gyokeres, Normann and White, Connolly fired home the winning penalty to seal an extra point.

ALBION: Collings (GK); Moore (A.Davies 56), White, Ostigard, Barclay, Cox; Tilley (Gwargis 62), Normann, J.Davies, Gyokeres; Connolly.

Subs not used: Rees (GK), O’Hora, Longman, Cashman.

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Ticket News


14 August 2018

The ABAX Stadium
Tickets are now on sale for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Checkatrade Trophy match against Peterborough United.
The match takes place at the ABAX Stadium on Tuesday 9th October, kick-off 7.45pm, and Albion fans can secure their tickets directly from using their print-at-home service.
All tickets bought in advance cost £5, but please note that adult admission on the night will increase to £8.
Albion fans can also take advantage of a junior ticket offer. Under-18 teams will be able to secure their places for just £1 per person, providing there are at least two adults in the group each buying a £5 ticket.

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