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07 January 2019 Venue The People's Pension Stadium Attendance Referee Samuel Allison

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
2 - 2
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Arsenal PL2

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4-4-1-1
  • 1
    Hugo Keto
    GK
  • 2
    Archie Davies
    DF
  • 3
    Alex Cochrane
    DF
  • 4
    Haydon Roberts
    MF
  • 5
    Leo Ositgard
    DF
  • 6
    Warren O'Hora
    DF
  • 7
    Anders Dreyer
    MF
  • 8
    Max Sanders (C)
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Peter Gwargis
    MF
  • 11
    James Tilley
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Stefan Ljubicic
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Teddy Jenks
    SUB
  • 15
    Ryan Longman
    SUB
  • 16
    Ayo Tanimowo
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Deyan Iliev
    GK
  • 2
    Joseph Olowu
    DF
  • 3
    Dominic Thompson
    DF
  • 4
    Charlie Gilmour
    MF
  • 5
    Julio Pleguezuelo (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Zech Medley
    DF
  • 7
    Xavier Amaechi
    MF
  • 8
    Ben Sheaf
    MF
  • 9
    Tyreece John-Jules
    FW
  • 10
    Robbie Burton
    FW
  • 11
    Bukayo Saka
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Tolaji Bola
    SUB
  • 13
    Tobi Omole
    SUB
  • 14
    Gedion Zelalem
    SUB
  • 15
    Trae Coyle
    SUB
  • 16
    Arthur Okonkwo
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Freddie Ljungberg

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: BACK IN ACTION AGAINST ARSENAL TONIGHT

7 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Connolly warming up at The People's Pension Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s play their opening match of 2019 at The People’s Pension Stadium this evening, when Arsenal travel south in the Premier League 2 Division 1, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls ended 2018 with a 4-2 victory over West Ham United on the road, which left Simon Rusk’s side in third position over the festive break.

Tonight’s opponents are six points and five places behind Albion after 13 matches, and the Gunners were denied all three points late on when the Seagulls visited the Emirates Stadium back in August.

Reiss Nelson curled the hosts into a 1-0 lead in the 86th minute, but Albion’s top goalscorer Aaron Connolly found the back of the net in the 90th minute to secure a hard-earned share of the spoils.

Albion have taken 12 points from their previous six league matches, scoring 13 goals along the way. The Gunners are without a victory in the same period of time, losing their four most recent games.

Connolly — top goalscorer in the Premier League 2 Division 1 — reached 17 goals for the season against Swansea City in November, and the Irishman will be keen to add to his tally against the Gunners this evening.

Albion 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 2 ARSENAL 2

7 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Max Sanders in action against Arsenal in the Premier League 2 Division 1.
  • Albion secure a point against Arsenal
  • Xavier Amaechi opens the scoring for the Gunners
  • Anders Dreyer bags a brace to put Albion ahead
  • Trae Coyle levels for the visitors in the closing stages

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s came from behind to lead against Arsenal but conceded late on to take a share of the spoils from a 2-2 draw at The People’s Pension Stadium.

Anders Dreyer struck twice after the break to overturn Xavier Amaechi’s first-half opener, but Trae Coyle found the back of the net in the closing stages to level the game in the Premier League 2 Division 1.

Simon Rusk made five changes to the starting line-up that beat West Ham United before the turn of the year, but Aaron Connolly retained his place in the team and led the line for the Seagulls.

After Dreyer had a shot blocked inside the opening ten minutes of the game, Hugo Keto was on hand to make a comfortable stop to deny Bukayo Saka’s powerful angled drive.

Arsenal forward Tyreece John-Jules had two efforts to put the visitors in front, but his looping header was comfortably gathered by Keto before Leo Ostigard bravely blocked his second attempt.

The Seagulls were dealt a blow in the 24th minute as Connolly limped off with an injury, and that paved the way for Stefan Ljubicic to come off the bench and replace the Irishman in attack.

The visitors continued to create more clear-cut chances than Rusk’s side, but Keto was again in the right place at the right time to save Robbie Burton’s low-driven effort at the back post.

Two minutes before the break and Albion found themselves behind, and it was a clinical effort from Amaechi that went in off the far post to break the deadlock.

Ostigard headed inches wide from a corner on the stroke of half-time, and Albion’s persistent search for an equaliser continued after the break, as James Tilley and Dreyer were both denied early on.

But the Seagulls got the reward for their efforts and it was Dreyer who cut inside to fire back across goal into the bottom corner, bringing his team level shortly before the hour mark.

The turnaround was almost complete two minutes later when Max Sanders drilled a low effort towards goal from the edge of the box, but Gunners goalkeeper Deyan Iliev saved with his feet.

Albion pressed for a second goal and Dreyer produced a moment of magic to deliver exactly that in the 74th minute — the Danish winger shrugged off numerous challenges to run from the halfway line and finish into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.

Dreyer almost added to his fine individual goal moments later, but the winger’s powerful effort clipped the outside of the post and went behind for a goal kick, which proved his final touch of the evening.

Charlie Gilmour almost broke Albion hearts in the dying stages, but the Arsenal midfielder’s effort sailed just wide of the target and the match ended all square to keep the Seagulls in third position.

ALBION: Keto; A.Davies, Ostigard, O’Hora, Cochrane; Dreyer (Jenks 78), Sanders, Roberts, Tilley; Gwargis (Longman 75), Connolly (Ljubicic 24).

Subs not used: Keto (GK), Tanimowo.

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