- Ragnar Mar-Larusson on target for Albion
- Elliot Embleton scored a late equaliser for Sunderland
- Thomas Cadman blocked an effort off the line in the first half
- Albion host Derby next Saturday in their final home game of the season
Brighton & Hove Albion's under-18s drew 1-1 with Sunderland at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Saturday.
The visitors almost took a very early lead, as Jordan Blinco rounded Albion keeper Bailey Vose, only for Thomas Cadman to heroically block the effort off the line.
A well-worked corner routine saw the Seagulls create their first chance of the game, as Connor Tighe saw his curling effort saved.
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Chances were created by both sides not long after the restart, but Albion threatened more as a clever effort from George Cox on the left-hand side tested the Black Cats’ goalkeeper, James Talbot.
But Talbot was beaten in the 59th minute, as Maguire-Drew cut inside from the right and threaded in a superb pass towards Ragnar Mar-Larusson, who slotted the ball home.
Chances to double the lead came Albion’s way, as Mar Larusson found himself with a sight of goal once more, only to see his placed effort saved. Then later, Maguire-Drew saw a powerful strike blocked by a combination of Talbot and his defenders.
The away side did pose a threat to equalise though, and with just six-minutes remaining they managed to snatch victory out of the Seagulls’ grasp, after Elliot Embleton beat two defenders before driving his strike into the bottom corner of Vose’s goal.
Albion face Derby in their final home game of the season next week, in a repeat of the FA Youth Cup fixture which saw the Rams run out 2-0 winners at the Amex.
ALBION: Vose; Davies, Barnett, Cadman, Cox (Sanders 55); Meyers, Hutchinson (Meekums 62); Maguire-Drew, Tilley, Tighe; Mar-Larusson. Subs not used: Hobbs, Ajiboye, Ferguson.