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14 January 2019 Venue Liverpool Academy Attendance Referee Simeon Lucas

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Caoimhin Kelleher
    GK
  • 2
    Corey Whelan
    DF
  • 3
    Adam Lewis
    DF
  • 4
    Ki-jana Hoever
    DF
  • 5
    George Johnston (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Pedro Chirivella
    MF
  • 7
    Connor Randall
    MF
  • 8
    Isaac Christie-Davies
    MF
  • 9
    Liam Millar
    FW
  • 10
    Rafael Camacho
    FW
  • 11
    Curtis Jones
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Conor Masterson
    SUB
  • 13
    Kai McKenzie Lyle
    SUB
  • 14
    Juanma Garcia
    SUB
  • 15
    Liam Coyle
    SUB
  • 16
    Paul Glatzel
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Neil Critchley

4-3-3
  • 1
    Hugo Keto
    GK
  • 2
    Archie Davies
    DF
  • 3
    Alex Cochrane
    DF
  • 4
    Haydon Roberts
    MF
  • 5
    Leo Ostigard
    DF
  • 6
    Warren O'Hora
    DF
  • 7
    Ryan Longman
    FW
  • 8
    Max Sanders (C)
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Teddy Jenks
    MF
  • 11
    Peter Gwargis
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Viktor Gyokeres
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Stefan Ljubicic
    SUB
  • 15
    Joe Tomlinson
    SUB
  • 16
    Ayo Tanimowo
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION HEAD TO LIVERPOOL

14 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Albion under-23 midfielder Max Sanders prepares for kick off.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s play their first away game of 2019 this evening, when they take on Liverpool at the Liverpool Academy in the Premier League 2 Division 1, kick-off 7pm.

Depending on results elsewhere, the Seagulls could reach top spot with victory over the Reds, with Simon Rusk’s team currently occupying third position in the league table, just two points behind leaders Everton.

Albion have taken four points from games against West Ham United and Arsenal over recent weeks, most recently being denied victory late on against the Gunners in a 2-2 draw on home soil.

Tonight’s opponents sit just three points behind the Seagulls, after stringing together five unbeaten matches, but Neil Critchley’s side have drawn their previous two games 1-1 against Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur.



The teams played out a 0-0 draw on the opening day of the season back in August, in what was Albion’s first match in the top flight of under-23 football.

Just five points separate top spot from seventh place after 14 matches, and Rusk’s team will look to extend their unbeaten run to three games and strengthen their push for the PL2 crown.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog on the Match Centre and updates on the club’s Twitter handle @officialbhafc, with a match report and reaction to follow.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: LIVERPOOL 1 ALBION 1

14 January 2019

Liverpool FC
Max Sanders and Peter Gwargis in action against Liverpool.
  • Albion score late to secure a point
  • Rafael Camacho puts the Reds ahead
  • Haydon Roberts heads leveller for the Seagulls late on
  • The Seagulls extend unbeaten run to three matches

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s struck late to secure a point against ten-man Liverpool in the Premier League 2 Division 1, as the teams drew 1-1 at the Liverpool Academy.

Haydon Roberts headed his second goal of the season for Simon Rusk’s team to level the game three minutes from time, after Rafael Camacho put the hosts ahead before Ki-jana Hoever’s 21st-minute sending off.

Liverpool created the first notable chance of the game, as Curtis Jones curled an effort towards the top corner from 25 yards, but Hugo Keto shifted across his line to tip over for a corner.

Warren O’Hora then picked out Alex Cochrane with a fine ball down the flank, and the full-back’s swerving delivery almost caught out Reds shot-stopper Caoimhin Kelleher.

But the hosts were able to break the deadlock in the 11th minute and it was Camacho who pounced on a loose pass inside and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Aaron Connolly continued to work on the heels of Liverpool’s defence, and when he stole the ball and raced clear through on goal, Hoever tripped the Irishman just outside the box to receive a red card.

Albion instantly looked to make the most of their one-man advantage, as Sanders cut inside and fired a powerful shot from 25 yards to force Kelleher into a good stop.

Despite being a man down, Liverpool continued to create chances, but thankfully for the Seagulls, Camacho’s free kick flew just wide before Leo Ostigard cleared Connor Randall’s cross with a brave header.



Viktor Gyokeres came off the bench for the second half and almost levelled the game inside his first few touches, but after cutting inside the Swede’s curling effort dropped just wide of the target.

Albion survived a scare moments later when Camacho chopped the ball inside of Archie Davies and bent a shot towards the top corner, only for the forward’s effort to cannon back off the crossbar.

Gyokeres continued to show positive signs for Albion, as he used his physicality to shield the ball before racing towards the target and having a powerful shot blocked in front of goal.

The Seagulls were inches away from getting on level terms when Peter Gwargis’s corner ended up at the feet of O’Hora inside the penalty area, and the defender’s close-range effort agonisingly dropped just over.

One of Albion’s main goal threats then left the field on a stretcher, after Connolly pulled up with an injury and was replaced by Stefan Ljubicic — the second game in a row the Irishman departed with a problem.

Rusk’s team needed just one moment of quality to change the game, and thankfully that moment came when Cochrane’s fine delivery was confidently met by Roberts, who glanced a header into the top corner in the 87th minute.

Liverpool went in search of a winning goal, but important blocks from Joe Tomlinson and Ostigard kept Albion’s hard-earned point intact, as the teams shared the spoils for a second time this season.

ALBION: Keto; A.Davies, Ostigard, O’Hora, Cochrane; Sanders, Roberts, Jenks (Tomlinson 60); Longman (Gyokeres 46), Connolly (Ljubicic 82), Gwargis.

Subs not used: Collings (GK), Tanimowo.

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