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Kick off 19:15 (UK)

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01 August 2017 Venue Culver Road Attendance Referee Michael Ryan

Kick off 19:15 (UK)

Shoreham
0 - 7
FT
Brighton and Hove Albion

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4-4-2
  • 1
    James Broadbent
    GK
  • 2
    Scott Packer
    DF
  • 3
    Mitch Hand
    DF
  • 4
    Tom Caplin
    MF
  • 5
    Lee Denyer (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Henry Watson
    DF
  • 7
    Alex Laing
    MF
  • 8
    Ross Myers
    MF
  • 9
    Evan Archibald
    FW
  • 10
    George Rudwick
    FW
  • 11
    Mark Godson
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Mitz Nayee
    SUB
  • 13
    Alex Gathern
    SUB
  • 14
    Alfie Proto
    SUB
  • 15
    Jamie Craddock
    SUB
  • 16
    Luke Donaldson
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Sammy Donnelly

4-3-3
  • 1
    Billy Collings
    GK
  • 2
    Tyler Forbes
    DF
  • 3
    Rian O'Sullivan
    DF
  • 4
    Dessie Hutchinson (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Hall
    DF
  • 6
    Tom Dallison
    DF
  • 7
    James Tilley
    FW
  • 8
    Danny Mandroiu
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Max Sanders
    MF
  • 11
    Steven Alzate
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Josh Kerr
    SUB
  • 13
    Robert Sanchez
    SUB
  • 14
    Will Collar
    SUB
  • 15
    Archie Davies
    SUB
  • 16
    Jordan Davies
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: SHOREHAM V ALBION

1 August 2017

Geoff Penn
George Cox in pre-season action last week.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s will take on Shoreham for the Sussex Community Shield at Culver Road tonight, kick-off 7.15pm.

The match sees the winners of the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup face the Southern Combination League Champions.

Simon Rusk’s team were victorious in last season’s Sussex Senior Cup competition, after beating Crawley Town 3-0 in the final at the Amex, with Shoreham bowing out in the quarter finals against Bognor Regis Town.

However, the Musselmen gained promotion to the Isthmian League Division One South after finishing top of their league last season, following a nine-point deduction for Haywards Heath Town - who fielded an eligible player.

The game is the penultimate pre-season fixture for Albion’s under-23 side, with a meeting against AFC Bournemouth taking place at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre a week later.

Summer signings Josh Kerr, Mathias Normann and Steven Alzate, could all feature in the side, as they look to stake their claims in the side ahead of the Premier League 2 Division 2 season.

Eastbourne Borough are the current holders of the Sussex Community Shield, after they beat Horsham 3-0 at the beginning of last season - however there will be a new name on the trophy this time around.

Entry prices for the Sussex Community Shield, in aid of Benevolent Fund, are as follows:

Adults (17+) - £6.00
Concessions (65+ and students with valid student ID card) - £3.00
Children (Under-16s) - £1.00

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: SHOREHAM 0 ALBION 7

1 August 2017

Simon Roe
Albion's under-23s with the Sussex Community Shield at Culver Road.
  • Albion lift the Sussex Community Shield
  • Steven Alzate scores two on his debut
  • Aaron Connolly, James Tilley and Max Sanders add goals
  • Danny Mandroiu and Jordan Davies finish off the scoring

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s won the Sussex Community Shield after recording an emphatic 7-0 victory over Shoreham at Culver Road this evening.

New signing Steven Alzate bagged a brace on his Albion debut, with Aaron Connolly, James Tilley, Max Sanders, Danny Mandroiu and Jordan Davies also finding the back of the net, to condemn the Musselmen to a convincing defeat.

Albion began the game on the front foot and tested Shoreham goalkeeper James Broadbent inside the opening minutes, but close-range efforts from Tyler Forbes and Connolly were comfortably dealt with.

The Seagulls did, however, take the lead in the sixth minute, and it was Connolly who latched onto a searching pass over Shoreham’s defence, before rounding Broadbent and rolling the ball into an empty net.

Sanders then received the ball inside the box and created space for a shot, but Broadbent was on hand to deny the midfielder, before Connolly had an effort cleared off the line after rolling the ball under the Shoreham shot-stopper.

Tilley tested Broadbent with a powerful inswinging free kick from the corner of the penalty area, and although the striker was unable to find the back of the net on that occasion, he made no mistake with his next effort.

After winning a free kick just outside the box, Tilley calmly stepped up and curled the ball over the wall and into the left-hand side of Broadbent’s goal, to extend Albion’s lead in the 17th minute.

Debutant Alzate made it 3-0 in the 25th minute after slotting a penalty into the bottom corner, following some neat play from the winger that drew a foul from Lee Denyer inside the box.

Two quick-fire goals from Sanders and Mandroiu extended Albion’s advantage to five goals before the break, with the former bending an effort into the far corner, before the latter finished off a brilliant passing move with a well-placed volley.

The Musselmen had their best opportunity to cut Albion’s lead shortly after the interval, but Tom Caplin fired over the crossbar after arriving late inside the penalty area.

Rian O’Sullivan found Alzate in space inside the 18-yard box, but the former Leyton Orient man’s first-time header looped over the crossbar as Albion went in search of a sixth goal.

And just minutes after substitute Davies came on, the Seagulls had their next goal, and it was the Welshman who cut inside and fired a powerful left-footed strike past Broadbent.

Alzate bagged his second goal of the game in the 67th minute, as he raced into the box and latched onto Forbes’s parried shot, before drilling the ball home for Albion’s seventh.

The number 11 almost secured his hat-trick when he steadied himself to shoot from ten yards, but his curling left-footed strike sailed narrowly wide of the target, before Sanders fired over the crossbar with an ambitious effort from 25 yards.

Shoreham were reduced to ten men in the closing stages, after Denyer lunged in on Collar with a late tackle, and referee Michael Ryan produced a second yellow card for the defender, who was already walking on thin ice.

Sanders went close to adding an eight goal for the Seagulls, but the score remained at 7-0 and Albion lifted the Sussex Community Shield after a commanding performance at Culver Road.

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