- Daniel Mandriou scores the winner for Albion
- Albion record their third win of the season
- Tom Cadman comes off injured midway through the second half
- The Seagulls next travel to Swansea on 7th November
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Saturday.
Daniel Mandriou’s 80th-minute winner was enough to secure all three points for Ian Buckman’s side, who recorded their third league win of the season.
Mandriou had a chance to break the deadlock in the opening stages of the game, but headed wide from George Cox’s free-kick.
Albion keeper Robert Sanchez then made two fine saves to keep the scores level. The shot-stopper made a low save on the left-hand side to keep out a Marcus Edwards free-kick, before he made himself big to deny Dylan Duncan.
Spurs centre forward Ryan Loft was next to test the Seagulls defence with a driving run down the right-hand side, but saw his subsequent effort pushed around the post by Sanchez.
Mandriou had another chance to break the deadlock, but his shot was comfortably saved by Spurs keeper Tom McDermott.
Samuel Shashoua had the north Londoners’ best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes with a close-range strike, but Sanchez made another fine stop and Tom Cadman prevented the ball from trickling over the line.
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Cox was next to come close for the Seagulls, as his swerving free-kick drifted just over the crossbar, while Loft almost scored Tottenham’s opener a minute after the re-start, but fired an attempt straight at Sanchez.
Albion were dealt a blow though when Cadman received treatment for a bad injury and the defender was replaced by Isaac Hutchinson just after the hour mark.
Buckman’s side came close to scoring an opener themselves when a curling effort from Max Sanders bounced off the crossbar and Archie Davies’s shot on the rebound was turned behind for a corner.
But Albion secured the three points with nine minutes remaining, as Mandriou ended a slick counter-attacking move and fired the ball home from close range.
Tottenham could have claimed a share of the spoils deep into stoppage time, but a shot from Jack Roles took a deflection and flew just wide of the far post.
Under-18 coach Ian Buckman said, “We were stretched on Saturday in terms of the players we had available, but every one of them stepped up and it was a great effort from everybody.
“We had to do a lot of defending and Tottenham put out a very strong side. They had a big squad available.
"With the number of players we had injured and a few stepping up into the under-21 squad, it was a great achievement.
“The lads are now starting to see the rewards of good play and hard work.
“We next face Swansea away on Saturday and they’re a very good footballing side. We will need to match the same levels of work rate and application to get a result.”
ALBION: Sanchez; Morrison, Rolf, Cadman (Hutchinson 64), Cox; Meyers, Sanders, Garcia; Davies, O’Sullivan (Cochrane 45), Mandriou.
SUBS NOT USED: Hobbs (GK) Ferguson.
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