Albion beat the Rams 2-0 in the FA Youth Cup.
Mandroiu 24 pen
Bateman (OG) 45+1
- Albion beat Derby 2-0 in the FA Youth Cup third round
- Danny Mandroiu opened the scoring from the penalty spot
- Joe Bateman’s own goal doubled Albion’s lead
- The Seagulls will play Cambridge United at home in the fourth round
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s progressed to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Derby County at the Amex this evening.
The Seagulls took the lead through Danny Mandroiu’s early penalty, before Joe Bateman’s own goal in first-half stoppage time doubled their advantage, which they defended well to clinch a place in the next round.
Ian Buckman made one change to the starting line-up that beat Aston Villa 4-1 on Saturday, with Max Sanders returning to the side in place of Isaac Hutchinson.
The opening stages of the game were cagey, as both teams struggled to keep hold of possession and take advantage inside the final third.
Derby created the first clear-cut opportunity when Cameron Cresswell fired at goal from close range, but Albion goalkeeper Tom McGill did well to parry the winger’s fierce effort away from danger.
Albion were awarded a penalty in the 24th minute, after Aaron Connolly’s surging run was halted inside the box, and Mandroiu confidently found the bottom corner from the spot to break the deadlock.
McGill was called into action again to palm away Jayden Bogle’s back-post header, before Mandroiu’s inviting free kick up the other end skimmed off an Albion head and went wide.
Mandroiu continued to be in the thick of the action, as the Irish forward slipped a pass through for Connolly, whose shot on the turn was superbly saved by Rams goalkeeper Matthew Yates.
Albion doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time, as David Ajiboye drove to the byline and delivered a low cross to the front post, which was inadvertently turned into his own net by Rams defender Bateman.
Connolly came close to adding a third goal moments before the half-time whistle, but the striker’s close-range strike was turned behind by Yates at the Derby shot-stopper’s near post.
Albion almost extended their lead shortly after the re-start, as Mandroiu and Connolly linked up again, before the latter’s shot was tipped narrowly wide of the target and into the side netting.
The Rams almost clawed a goal back shortly before the hour mark, as Jahvan Davidson-Miller’s powerful strike headed goalwards, but Sanders was on hand to heroically head off the goal line.
Seagulls skipper Danny Barker was denied by Yates after heading towards goal at the back post, before ambitious efforts from Mandroiu and Garcia both sailed wide of the target.
Moments later the pair linked up well to create a fine opportunity for Garcia to add another goal, but the Spaniard could only fire wide of the target after turning his marker inside the penalty area.
Albion continued to search for a third goal, with Connolly and Ajiboye both having efforts on goal saved by Yates, before Sanders’s deflected attempt from just outside the area dipped inches over the crossbar.
The Rams pressed forward in the closing stages as they looked to halve the deficit, but Buckman’s side defended well and secured their place in the fourth round.
ALBION: McGill; Davies, Moore, Barker, O’Sullivan; Molumby, Sanders, Ajiboye; Mandroiu, Connolly (Cashman 88), Garcia (Hutchinson 87).
SUBS NOT USED: Bentley (GK), Cochrane, Ljubicic.
UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES
ALBION V QUEENS PARK RANGERS
TUESDAY 27TH DECEMBER, KICK-OFF 12.30PM
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FRIDAY 30TH DECEMBER, KICK-OFF 7.45PM
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FRIDAY 20TH JANUARY, KICK-OFF 7.45PM