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31 August 2018 Venue Broadfield Stadium Attendance Referee Josh Smith

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
5 - 0
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Manchester City PL2

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4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Hugo Keto
    GK
  • 2
    Archie Davies
    DF
  • 3
    Alex Cochrane
    DF
  • 4
    Will Collar
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Barclay (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Haydon Roberts
    DF
  • 7
    Anders Dreyer
    MF
  • 8
    Mathias Normann
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Viktor Gyokeres
    FW
  • 11
    James Tilley
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Jordan Davies
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Josh Kerr
    SUB
  • 15
    Stefan Ljubicic
    SUB
  • 16
    Danny Mandroiu
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Curtis Anderson
    GK
  • 2
    Colin Rosler
    DF
  • 3
    Cameron Humphreys
    DF
  • 4
    Joel Latibeaudiere (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Nat Ogbeta
    DF
  • 6
    Iker Pozo
    DF
  • 7
    Rabbi Matondo
    MF
  • 8
    Claudio Gomes
    MF
  • 9
    Nabil Touaizi Zoweboi
    FW
  • 10
    Taylor Richards
    FW
  • 11
    Ian Carlo Poweda
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Luke Bolton
    SUB
  • 13
    Tom Scott
    SUB
  • 14
    Tom Dale-Bashiru
    SUB
  • 15
    Adrian Barnare
    SUB
  • 16
    Benjamin Garre
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Paul Harsley

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V MANCHESTER CITY

31 August 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion welcome Manchester City to the Broadfield Stadium on Friday night.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s will look to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League 2 Division 1 season, when Manchester City visit the Broadfield Stadium tonight, kick-off 7pm.

Simon Rusk’s team have recorded three consecutive draws against high-profile opposition, as they opened the campaign with a goalless draw against Liverpool, before back-to-back 1-1 draws with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Aaron Connolly’s late goal sealed a point at the Emirates Stadium, while a Viktor Gyokeres strike was cancelled out by Spurs winger Shayon Harris at the Lamex Stadium last Friday.



Tonight’s opponents occupy top spot in the Premier League 2 after taking seven points from their opening three matches of the season, however the Citizens have conceded the joint-most goals in the league.

Despite conceding ten goals, Paul Harsley’s side have fired the most goals in the league after three matches - with their 13 strikes coming against Arsenal, West Ham United and Liverpool.

City have been involved in two thrillers against the Gunners and Hammers, winning 6-5 and 6-4 in those respective matches, before sharing a 1-1 draw with the Reds at the Etihad Stadium.

Albion play their first game of the season at the Broadfield Stadium tonight, and Rusk’s team will then open their Checkatrade Trophy account against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday.

Supporters can follow a live text blog from the game via the Match Centre, with a report and gallery being uploaded after the game.

Ticket info:

Season ticket holders can gain free admission at the turnstiles on presentation of their season cards, otherwise entry is priced at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions and under-16s.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 5 MANCHESTER CITY 0

31 August 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Haydon Roberts celebrates his first goal at under-23 level.
  • Albion record an excellent 5-0 victory over Manchester City
  • Viktor Gyokeres (pen) and Haydon Roberts open the scoring
  • Aaron Connolly adds a brace in the second half
  • James Tilley fires home in the closing stages

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s produced an exceptional performance against league-leading Manchester City to seal a 5-0 victory and continue their unbeaten start to the season at the Broadfield Stadium.

Viktor Gyokeres opened the scoring from the penalty spot, Haydon Roberts then headed a second, Aaron Connolly added a brace after the break and James Tilley rounded off an outstanding display in the closing stages.

The visitors enjoyed the greater share of possession inside the opening minutes, and there were clear indications that Albion would look to capitalise on City’s rare mistakes with Connolly’s pace in-behind.

But the league leaders were the first to create an effort on goal, as Taylor Richards found space inside the penalty area and drilled towards goal - but Hugo Keto was there to make a comfortable stop.

Mathias Normann then lifted a clever pass into Connolly, and the Irishman took the ball first time with an ambitious scissor-kick, but his effort from just inside the box dropped wide of the target.

Albion strung together an eye-catching move when Will Collar held up the ball and found Connolly’s intelligent run. The forward crossed for Anders Dreyer, who then set back for Tilley, but the winger’s close-range effort was blocked.

The Seagulls worked a brilliant move just before the half-hour mark, as they shifted the ball from left to right and got in behind City’s defence - Dreyer skipped past his marker and was taken down inside the penalty area.

The referee pointed to the spot and Viktor Gyokeres took responsibility from 12 yards, as he confidently dispatched into the bottom corner to give Albion the lead against the Premier League 2 front runners.

Albion continued to apply pressure and Normann volleyed narrowly wide of the target from 25 yards, but with 42 minutes on the clock, the Seagulls doubled their lead and it was a proud moment for Haydon Roberts.

The 16-year-old defender arrived in perfect time to power home a cross from Dreyer, and the youngster’s bullet header was everything Albion deserved for their excellent first-half display.

Albion returned for the second half and there was little in terms of goalmouth action, however a seven-minute spell saw four yellow cards as the contest began to heat up in the middle third of the pitch.

Gyokeres found his way out of City pressure shortly after the hour mark to deliver a low cross for Connolly, but the Swede’s pass just got away from the forward, who slid for the ball inside the box.

But Connolly soon got the reward for his tireless runs in-behind City’s defence, as Dreyer picked out the Irishman with a fine pass, which allowed the striker to compose himself and roll the ball into the bottom corner to make it 3-0.

The Seagulls put themselves further in front in the 82nd minute and it was a simply outstanding team move that led to Connolly’s second of the evening, as the Irishman exchanged passes with Normann before drilling past Anderson.

There was still time for a fifth goal in the 90th minute, as James Tilley squeezed the ball in at the near post, following a scramble inside the box - and that rounded off a stunning evening for the Seagulls, as they claimed their first victory of the season.

ALBION: Keto; A.Davies, Barclay, Roberts, Cochrane; Collar (J.Davies 60), Normann (Mandroiu 85); Dreyer, Gyokeres (Ljubicic 86), Tilley; Connolly.

Subs not used: Collings (GK), Kerr.

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