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15 April 2019 Venue Goodison Park Attendance

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Everton PL2
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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Joao Virginia
    GK
  • 2
    Ryan Astley
    DF
  • 3
    Brendan Galloway
    DF
  • 4
    Nathangelo Markelo
    MF
  • 5
    Morgan Feeney (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Lewis Gibson
    DF
  • 7
    Josh Bowler
    MF
  • 8
    Dennis Adeniran
    MF
  • 9
    Fraser Hornby
    FW
  • 10
    Bassala Sambou
    FW
  • 11
    Nathan Broadhead
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Matthew Foulds
    SUB
  • 13
    Mateusz Hewelt
    SUB
  • 14
    Anthony Gordon
    SUB
  • 15
    Alex Denny
    SUB
  • 16
    Manasse Mampala
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    David Unsworth

4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Robert Sanchez
    GK
  • 2
    Archie Davies
    DF
  • 3
    Alex Cochrane
    DF
  • 4
    Jayson Molumby
    MF
  • 5
    Leo Ostigard
    DF
  • 6
    Warren O'Hora
    DF
  • 7
    Jordan Davies
    MF
  • 8
    Will Collar
    MF
  • 9
    Bojan Radulovic
    FW
  • 10
    Viktor Gyokeres
    MF
  • 11
    Max Sanders (C)
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Owen Moore
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Soufyan Ahannach
    SUB
  • 15
    Ben Hall
    SUB
  • 16
    Steven Alzate
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: PL2 TITLE SHOWDOWN AT GOODISON TONIGHT

15 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Viktor Gyokeres, Leo Ostigard and Jayson Molumby could all feature at Goodison Park.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s travel to Goodison Park tonight for a pivotal match in the Premier League 2 Division 1 season, kick-off 7pm, as they look to keep their title challenge alive and prevent Everton from clinching top spot.

The Seagulls are currently three points behind the Toffees with an inferior goal difference, and Simon Rusk’s team will need a victory by a three-goal margin to head into the final game of the season in pole position.

Victory by a lesser margin would take the Seagulls level on points with their title rivals, but Albion would then need to better Everton’s result on the final day of the season, or match their victory with a heavy win to overturn the goal difference deficit.

A draw for Albion at Goodison Park would keep their hopes of winning the league alive, but goal difference would have to overturn with a West Ham United victory over Everton and an Albion win against Chelsea on the final day.

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Rusk’s side are unbeaten in eight league matches, but one of their three defeats this season came against the Toffees back in November, when Nathangelo Markelo and Josh Bowler fired home before Aaron Connolly’s late consolation.

Everton tasted their first defeat since the beginning of January when Manchester City sealed a 4-3 victory at the Academy Stadium last Sunday — a result that followed Albion’s 2-2 draw against Swansea City on the Friday evening.

The sides also met in the Premier League International Cup back in September — goals from Ben Barclay and James Tilley cancelled out Bassala Sambou’s opener, before Ellis Simms struck an equaliser for the Toffees.

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Ticket Information:

Tickets for tonight’s game at Goodison Park are free of charge, but must be booked in advance on Everton’s website.

Supporters will be seated in the Park Stand for the 7pm kick-off against the Toffees.

Not able to make the game? Albion supporters can follow live updates on the Match Centre, with a report, gallery and reaction to follow after the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: EVERTON 1 ALBION 0

15 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Bojan Radulovic has a header cleared off the goal line at Goodison Park.
  • Albion are narrowly beaten 1-0 at Goodison Park
  • Josh Bowler fires the winning goal for the Toffees
  • Viktor Gyokeres slips to miss second-half penalty
  • Everton win the Premier League 2 Division 1 title

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s saw their title hopes extinguished at Everton tonight, as luck deserted them on a night when they had to win to keep alive realistic hopes of winning the Premier League 2 Division 1 in their debut season.

Everton won it thanks to Josh Bowler’s individual goal midway through the first half, but Albion had their chances on the night, including a late penalty, missed by Viktor Gyokeres, as luck deserted him, as he slipped as he stepped up to take the kick.

The permutations before kick-off were simple for Everton, who were three points and five goals better off than Albion going into both club’s penultimate match of the season.

A win and the Toffees would clinch the championship, draw and they’d be all but there, but victory for Simon Rusk’s side would really put things in the balance ahead of the final day, when Albion would be at home to Chelsea, and Everton at West Ham United.

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In a game that saw both sides on the front foot from the off, a healthy turnout at Goodison were treated to an entertaining encounter.

Albion’s first chance of note was a left-footed free kick by Jordan Davies from 20 yards out, that whistled just over the top of the Everton goal; while at the other end, Basala Sambou’s firm header was straight at a grateful Robert Sanchez.

Everton opened the scoring as Bowler showed a moment of opportunism, driving inside from a position on the left, he saw an opening and threaded a clever left-footed strike past the diving Sanchez and into the opposite bottom corner of the net.

Albion responded well to the setback, and both Gyokeres and Bojan Radulovic both went close in quick succession.

First Gyokeres saw his close range shot deflected behind for a corner, then from the resulting kick, Radulovic rose above the Everton defence to win a powerful downward header, but Fraser Hornby was on the line to smash the ball clear.

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Midfielder Davies limped out of the action after 37 minutes, with Soufyan Ahannach on in his place.

Everton emerged for the second half with the same purpose they showed from the start, and Bowler saw another shot from distance deflected behind for a corner — but Albion were not here just to make up the numbers.

Gyokeres’s dangerous low cross gave Everton a scare as Brendan Galloway scooped the ball over his own goal, with Ahannach waiting to pounce. Leo Ostigard was first to two corners that followed, his first header deflected behind, and the second sailed over the top.

The Norwegian defender was then in action in his own penalty area as he did really well to block Bowler’s shot, when he looked certain to double Everton’s lead; as did Nathan Broadhead, when he got in behind Albion’s back line, but Sanchez got his angles right, to slow down the shot, and Archie Davies recovered to clear, as the ball trickled towards an empty net.

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With just over 20 minutes to play, Albion almost levelled. A neat passage of play down the left presented Alex Cochrane with the chance to cut the ball back to Jayson Molumby, breaking from midfield, but the Irish under-21 international’s side-footed shot, into the turf, bounced up and wide of the left post.

Albion were awarded a penalty with eight minutes left to play, as Lewis Gibson upended Max Sanders in the box. Gyokeres stepped up, but slipped as he planted his standing foot and the ball spun wide of the goal, much to the delight and relief of the home crowd.

Everton hung on, and the final whistle was greeted by a roar of relief from the Goodison crowd, and while Rusk and his players left the pitch with the Toffees beginning their celebrations, Albion’s under-23s can reflect upon an outstanding first season at this level.

ALBION: Sanchez; A.Davies, Ostigard, O’Hora, Cochrane; Collar, Molumby; J.Davies (Ahannach 36), Gyokeres, Sanders; Radulovic (Alzate 66).

Subs not used: Collings (GK), Moore, Hall.

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Ticket News

FREE TICKETS FOR MONDAY'S GOODISON PARK VISIT

11 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Goodison Park

Brighton & Hove Albion fans can secure free tickets for Monday night’s Premier League 2 Division 1 showdown against Everton at Goodison Park, kick-off 7pm, as Simon Rusk’s under-23 side look to keep their title hopes alive.

The Seagulls sit three points behind the Toffees in second position with two games remaining, and if Rusk’s team avoid defeat in Merseyside, the race for the PL2 crown will extend to the final game of the season.

Victory for Albion would move them level on points with Everton, but Rusk’s team currently find themselves five goals behind the league leaders on goal difference, following eight unbeaten matches in the PL2.

Supporters will be seated in the Park Stand for Monday night’s game, and free tickets can be booked in advance on Everton’s website.

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