- Andrew Crofts plays the full 90 minutes
- Ollie McBurnie gives Swansea an 11th-minute lead.
- Daniel James misses a golden opportunity to double Swansea’s advantage.
- Adam Chicksen sent off for two bookable offences in the second half.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-21s were beaten by Swansea City, in their second match of the season, at the Amex tonight.
Andrew Crofts stepped up his recovery from a long-term knee injury by featuring for the full 90 minutes alongside Charlie Harris in central midfield.
But Simon Rusk’s side ended the match with ten men after Adam Chicksen was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 52nd minute.
After a cagey opening, the first chance of the game fell to Swansea’s Raheem Hanley, who weaved his way into the Albion box only to see his shot saved by keeper Josh Smith.
The visitors took the lead on 11 minutes when Ollie McBurnie powered a header past Smith after he rose high in the box to latch on to Hanley’s in-swinging cross.
There was little in the way of further goalscoring chances until Joe Ward showed some neat footwork to break into the Swansea area, but his strike was comfortably dealt with by Josh Vickers.
Swansea wasted a golden opportunity to double their advantage just past the half-hour mark as a cross from Ryan Hedges found its way to Daniel James, but the midfielder blazed his effort over the target.
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Chicksen entered the referee’s book shortly after the restart following a challenge on the goalscorer McBurnie.
James Tilley then tested Vickers with a shot from distance before Chicksen received his second yellow card moments later.
Referee Ashvin Degnarain handed the left-back his marching orders following a late challenge on Hedges and Albion were down to ten men.
Henry Jones was the first Swansea player to receive a yellow card after a sliding challenge on Tilley.
The final 20 minutes saw very little in the way of clear-cut chances, as the game became a midfield battle with further yellow cards given to both sides.
Albion’s only real chance of note in the closing stages came when substitute Remi Meyers took advantage of some space in a central position only to see his shot drift wide of the left-hand post.
The game almost had a grandstand finish when goalkeeper Smith dashed into the Swansea box to meet Harris’s corner, but he could not make a decent connection and the Swans left the Amex with all three points.
ALBION: Smith; Hunt, Cadman, Barclay, Chicksen; Ward (Meyers 80), Crofts, Harris, Starkey (Barnett 84); Akindayini (Kandi 70), Tilley.
SUBS NOT USED: Doherty (GK), Tighe.