THREE BRIDGES 2
- Daniel Akindayini’s on target for Albion
- Ben Godfrey and Sam Macvicar respond to earn Three Bridges victory
- The Seagulls are knocked out in the second round of the competition
- Albion are next in action against Arsenal at the Amex next Monday
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-21s were eliminated from the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup after a 2-1 defeat to Three Bridges at Jubilee Field.
Daniel Akindayini’s early strike sent Albion on course for a place in the third round, but goals from Ben Godfrey and Sam Macvicar sent the Ryman Premier League South side through.
After a cagey opening ten minutes, Akindayini fired Albion in front when he latched onto James Tilley’s ball through the Three Bridges defence and rounded keeper Tom Thorp to slot home.
Skipper Rob Hunt was next to play Akindayini on goal, but the forward’s volley went inches wide of the post.
Ben Godfrey tested Albion keeper Harry Doherty with a clean strike from the edge of the box, but the shot-stopper made a good save.
Three Bridges had their best chance of the half when Hakeem Adelakun’s strike from the edge of the box forced an outstanding save by Doherty, who managed to collect the ball before it crossed the line.
Akindayini had another chance to double his and Albion’s tally after he was played through on goal by Ben Barclay, but Thorp was out quickly to thwart the attack.
Connor Tighe had two opportunities to get himself on the scoresheet, the first forced a fine stop by Thorp, while the second was an attempted lob which the keeper collected.
Akindayini could have added a second towards the end of the first half, but saw his shot go wide after going through one-on-one with Thorp.
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The hosts had a couple of early chances after the restart to bring parity to the scoreline, as Macvicar’s angled shot went just wide, before Michael Casselman fired the ball over from a central position.
Desmond Hutchinson could have extended Albion’s lead after spotting Thorp off his line, but Jamie Crellen headed his effort to safety.
Three Bridges had a chance to level from a set-piece after Crellen beat Doherty to the ball from a corner, but his header went over the bar.
Akindayini was played through in another one-on-one encounter, but his strike from the left-hand side went high and over the target.
Tom Dallison had a golden opportunity to score, only to see his close-range strike go over the bar from James Tilley’s corner.
The Seagulls were left their missed chances, as Godfrey rose highest in the box to equalise from a corner in the 74th minute.
Tilley could have restored Albion’s lead shortly afterwards, only to see his strike from distance clip the outside of the post before going behind.
Three Bridges scored what proved to be the decisive second goal with eight minutes of normal time remaining, when he took advantage of some nervy Albion defending and dispatched his shot beyond Doherty.
Akindayini had a chance to take the tie into extra-time in stoppage time, but Thorp was out quickly to deny the forward as Three Bridges secured a place in the third round.
ALBION: Doherty; Hunt, Dallison, Barclay, Starkey; Tighe (Ward 82), Molumby, Hutchinson (Tilley 63); Akindayini, Harper (Harris 56), Monakana.
SUBS NOT USED: Sanchez (GK), Deen.