Ugbo (pen) 47
Colley 90 (+5)
- The Seagulls hold the league leaders to a draw
- Danny Mandroiu and Jordan Maguire-Drew on target for Albion
- Ike Ugbo (penalty) and Joseph Colley score for the visitors
- Albion remain tenth in the table
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s held league leaders Chelsea to a 2-2 draw at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Saturday.
All four goals came in the second half, as Ike Ugbo gave Chelsea the lead from the penalty spot, before Daniel Mandroiu and Jordan Maguire-Drew put Albion 2-1 up. But Joseph Colley’s stoppage-time header earned the Blues a share of the spoils.
The Seagulls had the best of the early chances, with Maguire-Drew going closest following a dangerous run, however his effort was hooked off the line to safety by Cole Dasilva.
Richard Nartey almost broke the deadlock for Chelsea, when he headed narrowly over from a teasing corner, and Ugbo saw a low strike saved by keeper Bailey Vose.
Reece Meekums then had a chance to put Albion in front, but his goalbound effort was denied by Nartey’s block.
The visitors were awarded a penalty shortly after half-time when Dujon Sterling was brought down inside the box and Ugbo made no mistake from the spot to put Chelsea 1-0 in front.
Ian Buckman’s side surged forward in search of an equaliser and Maguire-Drew saw his close-range strike saved by Jared Thompson.
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Albion were level less than ten minutes after the deadlock was broken, as Mandroiu coolly slotted home from inside the box at the end of a sweeping move.
Maguire-Drew went close to firing Albion in front, but slipped just as he was about to pull the trigger, but redeemed himself in the 74th minute to send a curling 20-yard free-kick beyond Thompson to give Brighton the lead.
George Cox went close with a set-piece, but Chelsea pressed for an equaliser.
Vose made a number of fine saves to maintain Brighton’s lead, and Maguire-Drew could have made the win more emphatic with a long-range strike that went agonisingly wide.
But the visitors levelled deep into stoppage time after Mason Mount’s free-kick into the box found Colley, whose header flew into the top corner.
ALBION: Vose; Davies, Barker, Meyers, Cox; Meekums (Moore 85), Mandroiu, Sanders; Maguire-Drew, Bryne, Garcia.
SUBS NOT USED: Hobbs (GK), Hutchinson, Rolph, Cochrane.