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29 March 2019 Venue American Express Elite Football Performance Centre Attendance

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Brighton and Hove Albion
2 - 1
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Vancouver Whitecaps

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Robert Sanchez
    GK
  • 2
    Owen Moore
    GK
  • 5
    Warren O'Hora
    DF
  • 6
    Max Broughton
    DF
  • 3
    Alex Cochrane
    DF
  • 7
    Max Sanders (C)
    MF
  • 4
    Will Collar
    MF
  • 8
    Jordan Davies
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Bojan Radulovic
    FW
  • 11
    Soufyan Ahannach
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 12
    Archie Davies
    SUB
  • 14
    Danny Cashman
    SUB
  • 15
    Ryan Longman
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 23
    Thomas Hasal
    GK
  • 5
    Patrick Metcalfe
    DF
  • 7
    Georges Mukumbilwa
    DF
  • 8
    Damiano Pecile
    DF
  • 10
    Simon Colyn
    DF
  • 14
    Theo Bair
    MF
  • 16
    Connor Guilherme
    MF
  • 18
    Nicholas Fussell
    MF
  • 19
    T-Boy Fayia
    MF
  • 26
    Brendan McDonough
    FW
  • 52
    Gabriel Escobar
    FW

Substitutes

  • 1
    Evan Ince
    SUB
  • 2
    John Watson
    SUB
  • 30
    Kamron Habibullah
    SUB
  • 32
    Brandon Cambridge
    SUB
  • 43
    Emiliano Brienza
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Nick Dasovic

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: SEAGULLS WELCOME WHITECAPS TO SOUTH COAST

29 March 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Simon Rusk's under-23 side face Vancouver Whitecaps this evening.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s take on Vancouver Whitecaps tonight at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls are back in action following a 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers on Monday 11th March, a result which leaves them four points behind league leaders Everton with three league games remaining.

Albion have taken 15 points from a possible 21 ahead of tonight’s friendly meeting - Simon Rusk’s side face Swansea City at the Amex Stadium next Friday evening, before remaining league contests against Everton and Chelsea roundup their top-flight campaign.

Tonight’s opposition faced AFC Bournemouth under-23s on Tuesday evening, and were on the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline at the Canford Arena in their first taste of English football action.  

Supporters can follow a live minute-by-minute text blog from the game on the Match Centre this evening – whilst all the big incidents can be found on the club’s official Twitter account.

Ticket prices for tonight's match are listed below:

Adults: £5.00 
Over-65s: £2.00 
Under-16s: £2.00

Albion season-ticket holders can gain free entry to this evening's match, but must book their tickets in advance by 12pm today. 

To book online visit BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/Tickets or call the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901 (calls to this number are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge).

*Online bookings using print at home are exempt from booking fees, there is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for in person and telephone sales, whilst a charge of £1 charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases where tickets are fulfilled by post or held for collection.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 2 VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 1

29 March 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Connolly celebrates scoring on his return to the side.
  • Albion beat Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1
  • Aaron Connolly scores on his return to the side
  • Bojan Radulovic also on target
  • Brendan McDonough scores a consolation for Whitecaps

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s recorded a 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps in a friendly at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Friday evening.

Aaron Connolly scored on his return to the side following his recovery from a hamstring injury, before Bojan Radulovic doubled Albion's advantage. The Whitecaps then halved the deficit late on through Brendan McDonough's header.

The game started on a lively note, as Radulovic was picked out by Connolly inside the box, but the former couldn’t direct his close-range header on target.

Connolly then had a chance himself after latching onto a through ball from Jordan Davies, but the young Irishman’s shot was saved by Thomas Hasal.

The visitors came within inches of breaking the deadlock themselves when Theo Bair picked out Georges Mukumbilwa, whose effort cannoned off the post.

Connolly and Bair were the main threats for both sides going forward, as the Irishman forced Hasal into another save before fizzing a shot over the bar, while Bair also saw a shot go wide and pushed away at the near post by Robert Sanchez at the other end of the field.

Albion had further chances to score through Jordan Davies and Max Sanders, but it was Connolly that added his name to the scoresheet after reacting to McDonough’s slip in defence and coolly slotting the ball past Hasal with 37 minutes played.

After largely quiet opening ten minutes after the re-start, half-time substitute Archie Davies almost doubled Albion’s advantage with a near post header that was cleared off the line.

Rusk’s side looked the more likely to get the next goal, as Sanders showed some neat footwork edge of the area only to see his shot saved by Hasal at his near post.

Connolly looked to add his and Albion's second, but his close-range effort was kept out by Hasal.

It was almost the forward's final action of the game, as he was replaced by Danny Cashman in the 71st minute.

Albion's lead was doubled two minutes later courtesy of Radulovic, who finished well on the rebound after substitute Ryan Longman's initial strike was saved by Hasal.

Sanders came within inches of adding a third for the Seagulls when his long-range attempt clipped the top of the crossbar before going over, and Cashman nearly got in on the act himself after playing a neat one-two with Radulovic, but Hasal made a save at his near post.

It was the Canadians that had the last word though, as McDonough scored with a diving header from a in-swinging free-kick with 90 minutes on the clock.

The game finished 2-1, and Rusk’s side now turn their attention back to the Premier League Division 2 Division 1 title race, when they host Swansea City at the Amex Stadium next Friday evening, kick-off 7pm.

ALBION: Sanchez; Moore, Broughton, O’Hora, Cochrane; Sanders, Collar (Longman 71), J. Davies, Ahannach (A. Davies 56); Radulovic; Connolly (Cashman 71).

SUBS NOT USED: Collings (GK)

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