Awotwi 45, Clayton 90+7
Harris 19, Deen 29
Brentford scored a 97th-minute equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw against Albion’s under-18s.
Simon Rusk’s team were left lamenting the referee’s decision to play a substantial amount of injury time as the Bees completed a fightback from 2-0 down in dramatic fashion.
Two goals in ten minutes put the Seagulls in control and Charlie Harris opened the scoring with a long-range strike that found its way under the goalkeeper Joe Taylor in the 19th minute.
Albion extended their lead when Matt Benham swung a cross in from the right that Taylor failed to deal with, and Robin Deen was on hand to fire home the loose ball.
A classy finish from Kojo Awotwi reduced the deficit on the stroke of half time and both sides had chances to add to their tallies in the second half.
Will Collar, Charlie Harris and Deen all came close for Albion and Christian Walton had to be on hand to deny the hosts, but it was Jason Davis who was closest to the net; seeing his effort tipped onto the bar.
However, a free-kick midway in the Albion half caused chaos in the box and eventually the ball was stabbed home by Bradley Clayton to cruelly deny Rusk and his young charges the three points.
Rusk admitted he and his side were perplexed by the length of injury time played but refused to place blame on the officials for the equalising goal, saying,“It is not the referee’s fault we didn’t defend correctly but it was strange he played that long, however we should have concentrated and defended properly.
“It felt like a defeat but I said to the players no matter what is going on, whether you feel there is too much time being played, you have to concentrate. We are disappointed because we looked like we would grind out a win but we didn’t deal with circumstances.
“I am not going to start blaming the ref for the result but I know one or two of the lads were quite emotional about the goal conceded so late on, as nobody could work out where the time had come from because there were not that many substitutions made or injuries.”
Albion: Walton; Davis, Horncastle, Barclay, Maguire-Drew; Collar, Benham, Pring (Wilshere 54); Muitt, Deen, Harris.
Subs not used: Wray, Lall, Courtney.