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27 April 2018 Venue Amex Stadium Attendance Referee David Rock

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
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Middlesbrough PL2

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4-4-1-1
  • 1
    Robert Sanchez
    GK
  • 2
    Ales Mateju
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Uwe Huenemeier
    DF
  • 5
    Tom Dallison
    DF
  • 6
    Max Sanders (C)
    MF
  • 7
    Henrik Bjordal
    MF
  • 8
    Steven Alzate
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Danny Mandroiu
    MF
  • 11
    Viktor Gyokeres
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    James Tilley
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Dessie Hutchinson
    SUB
  • 15
    Ben Barclay
    SUB
  • 16
    Alex Cochrane
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Zachary Hemming
    GK
  • 2
    Robbie Tinkler
    DF
  • 3
    Patrick Reading
    DF
  • 4
    Kian Spence
    MF
  • 5
    Tom Brewitt (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Enes Mahmutovic
    DF
  • 7
    Connor Malley
    MF
  • 8
    Ben Liddle
    MF
  • 9
    Luke Armstrong
    FW
  • 10
    Tyrone O'Neill
    FW
  • 11
    Hayden Coulson
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Mitchell Curry
    SUB
  • 14
    Stephen Walker
    SUB
  • 15
    Nathan Dale
    SUB
  • 16
    Liam Hegarty
    SUB
  • 17
    Bradley James
    SUB

Manager

  • -

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Match Previews

U23 PLAY-OFF PREVIEW: ALBION V MIDDLESBROUGH

26 April 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion's under-23s prepare for Friday night's play-off semi-final.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s welcome Middlesbrough to the Amex Stadium on Friday evening in the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off semi-finals, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls qualified for the play-offs after finishing third in the league table, and Simon Rusk’s team will now look to secure their place in the play-off final against either Aston Villa or Reading.

Promotion to the Premier League 2 Division 1 is the prize for the winners of the play-offs, but the Seagulls must first overcome Boro, who finished three points behind Albion in fourth position.

The semi-final match will be decided on the night, with the game going to extra time then penalties if required after 90 minutes.

Rusk’s side scored five goals against Boro in their two meetings already this season, as the teams drew 2-2 on the south coast, before goals from Henrik Bjordal, Viktor Gyokeres and Ben Barclay sealed a 3-0 victory in the north east.

Since a 2-1 defeat to Reading in January, Albion have strung together an unbeaten run of 15 matches within 90 minutes, despite exiting the Premier League Cup to Swansea City on penalties.

The regular season ended with 15 goals in three matches for the Seagulls, as they claimed back-to-back 5-1 victories over West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City, before an emphatic 5-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Aaron Connolly fired a hat-trick to extend his goal tally to 11 in all competitions, while Viktor Gyokeres got his name on the scoresheet for a sixth successive game, as he notched his ninth of the season

It’s arguably the biggest game that Albion’s under-23s have played in recent seasons, and a bumper crowd at the Amex would certainly help Rusk’s in-form side, as they go in search of promotion.

With Albion’s first team in action at Burnley on Saturday afternoon, this under-23 play-off semi-final is a perfect opportunity to kick-start your weekend before travelling to Turf Moor.

Ticket prices for the match are listed below:

Adults £5
Under-16s £2
Over-65s £2

*The game is not free for season-ticket holders, due to it being a play-off match. Season-ticket holders wishing to attend must purchase tickets.

Seating for the match will be unreserved in the West Stand Lower, and the turnstiles will opening an hour before kick-off at 6pm. Parking for the match is also free in Car Park A (Bennett’s Field).

Supporters are strongly advised to book their tickets in advance at seagullstickets.com, however the ticket office will be opening on the day of the game from 9am.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 3 MIDDLESBROUGH 0

27 April 2018

Geoff Penn
Albion celebrate Henrik Bjordal's goal at the Amex Stadium.
  • Victor Gyokeres notches stylish brace
  • Tom Brewitt shown straight red card for visitors
  • Henrik Bjordal also finds the net
  • Seagulls advance to the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off final

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s sealed their place in the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off final with a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Amex Stadium on Friday evening.

A second half brace from Victor Gyokeres and a strike from Henrik Bjordal saw Albion rewarded for a gritty and determined performance against stubborn opposition.

Simon Rusk made one change to the side that won so impressively in the 5-0 victory away to Wolves on Monday night, as Uwe Huenemeier came in for Warren O’Hora in the centre of the home defence.

Kian Spence drew Robert Sanchez into a routine save with a shot from distance with the game's first shot on target after a quiet opening, before Aaron Connolly's clever knock down to Henrik Bjordal was scrambled clear by the Middlesbrough defence.

Connolly’s overhead kick from close range was claimed by Hemming following the first corner of the game and Sanchez palmed Connor Malley’s effort away from goal as the contest began to come to life.

The visiting forward had another good chance soon after when volleyed from inside the area, and Victor Gyokeres was inches away from setting up Connolly when he got to the byline and saw his cut-back hacked away just past the 20-minute mark.

Bjordal’s strong run into the area then took him past two Middlesbrough defenders and ended in his low ball into the area being hacked off the line by the visiting defence.

A mishit cross from Huenemeier found Gyokeres at the back post as the Swede saw his low effort skew away off the legs of Hemmings, before the keeper denied the Albion man immediately afterwards again, but this time at his near post.

That was the last of the action for the first half as the sides went in goalless at the interval.

Connolly’s intelligent work won Albion a corner ten minutes after the restart, but the home side couldn’t make the most of the opportunity in a quiet start to the second half.

Ales Mateju had a golden chance to hand the home side the lead moments before the hour mark. Bjordal’s deep cross found the full-back at the far post, but the defender met the ball on the bounce while leaning back and the ball flew over the crossbar.

Bjordal’s smart turn and strike drew Hemming into a low stop after a well-worked move from Albion, and Gyokeres headed down and wide at the far post as Rusk’s side began to dominate proceedings.

Tyrone O’Neill volleyed over with a great chance for the visitors at the other end against the run of play, and Malley fired over as the Teesiders twice went close in quick succession.

Gyokeres found space at the back post once more to meet Bjordal’s deep ball from the left, and Tom Dallison’s header from the corner soon after was claimed by Hemmings.

Mandroiu met George Cox’s cross sweetly on the volley as the ball flashed wide, before Connolly was inches away from meeting the midfielder’s dangerous cross as Albion continued to threaten.

But Rusk’s side would get their reward for their pressure with 20 minutes left to play.

Bjordal and Cox combined again down the left to allow the latter an opening to cross, and Gyokeres stooped in at the far post to head back across goal and into the corner to hand the home side a deserved lead.

Visiting captain Tom Brewitt was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Connolly after 75 minutes, before Bjordal netted a second goal for the home side to all but end the game as a contest.

The midfielder had threatened all evening, and he took the ball down and turned sharply to fire into the net and double the home side’s advantage.

Two became three soon after as the Seagulls overran their tired opponents, and Gyokeres weaved his way downfield before exchanging passes with Mateju and finishing superbly from inside the area with 10 minutes left to play.

James Tilley and Alex Cochrane replaced Gyokeres and Cox respectively, and Dessie Hutchinson replaced Mandroiu as Albion made their three switches.

Connolly was denied by Hemmings as the rain began to come down as the contest drew to a close, and the hosts saw out another impressive victory.

Rusk's side now await confirmation of their opponents for the play-off final - with the Seagulls facing the winner of Aston Villa vs Reading on Tuesday evening at Villa Park.

Albion line-up: Sanchez; Mateju, Huenemeier, Dallison, Cox (Cochrane 85); Bjordal, Sanders ©, Alzate, Gyokeres (Tilley 82); Mandroiu (Hutchinson 90), Connolly.

Subs not used: Collings, Barclay. 

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Ticket News

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR TONIGHT'S UNDER-23 PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL

27 April 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Henrik Bjordal shows off his skills in training.

Brighton & Hove Albion supporters can buy their tickets right up until kick-off for tonight’s Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off semi-final at the Amex Stadium, kick-off 7pm.

Simon Rusk’s under-23 team come up against Middlesbrough for a place in the play-off final, and tickets for the game can be bought from the ticket office at the Amex Stadium or at seagullstickets.com.

The Seagulls have been in superb form over recent months, as they strung together 15 unbeaten matches within 90 minutes - scoring 15 goals in their final three games of the regular season.

With the first team not in action until tomorrow afternoon against Burnley at Turf Moor, tonight’s match is a perfect opportunity to offer your support to the club’s under-23 team, whilst also kickstarting your footballing weekend.

Ticket prices for the match are listed below:

Adults £5
Under-16s £2
Over-65s £2

*The game is not free for season-ticket holders, due to it being a play-off match. Season-ticket holders wishing to attend must purchase tickets.

Seating for the match will be unreserved in the West Stand Lower, and the turnstiles will opening an hour before kick-off at 6pm. Parking for the match is also free in Car Park A (Bennett’s Field).

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