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- Albion secure three points thanks to Charlie Harris’s stoppage-time penalty
- James Tilley hits the crossbar in the second half
- Kaiyne Woolery and Jordan Lussey come close for Bolton in the second half
- Albion are next in action away at Arsenal on 4th May
Brighton & Hove Albion under-21s secured a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre thanks to Charlie Harris’s stoppage-time penalty.
It was Albion’s second win in their last three league games, ahead of their next fixture away at Arsenal in two weeks’ time.
The game started on a rather cagey note with few chances for either side. Jesse Starkey tested the Bolton defence with two free-kicks inside the opening 20 minutes; the first went narrowly wide of the post, while the second was cleared by the Trotters’ backline.
Bolton’s first opportunity of the game fell to Filip Twardzik, who fired a speculative attempt over the crossbar, before Jordan Lussey’s free-kick was comfortably saved by Christian Walton.
The best chance for the visitors inside the opening 45 minutes came when Georg Iliev met Ryan Sellers’s ball into the box, but his diving header was easily caught by Walton.
Danny Pappoe was then called into action and made a goalline clearance to prevent Iliev’s cross from sneaking into the net.
Starkey was involved in most of Albion’s attacking openings and he laid the ball off to George Cole from a free-kick, but the latter’s strike was saved by Bolton keeper Harry Campbell.
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The second half began in a lively fashion, with Twardzik and Kaiyne Woolery both having chances to break the deadlock for the Trotters. Robin Deen came close for Albion when he headed wide from a Starkey free-kick, before substitute James Tilley fired a shot onto the crossbar.
Bolton substitute Elliot Newby was next to test the Seagulls' backline after cutting inside from the right, but his shot drifted harmlessly past the near post.
Starkey continued to be a threat going forward, as his cross-shot went just over the bar before another set-piece went narrowly past the left-hand post.
The Seagulls did break the deadlock with almost the last kick of the game when the referee pointed to the spot after Jason Davis was brought down inside the area. Harris stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and drilled home to give Simon Rusk’s side all three points.
ALBION: Walton; Hunt, White, Pappoe, Starkey; Rea, Harris; Barry (Tilley 55), Cole (Davis 68), Muitt; Deen. Subs not used: Doherty (GK), Dallison, Wiltshire.