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12 December 2016

Albion's under-18s secured an impressive victory at the weekend.

 Davies 39
 Connolly 49
 Garcia 71
 Cochrane 90+3

 Birch 90

  • Archie Davies gave Albion the lead before the just before break
  • Three second-half goals for the Seagulls secured an emphatic victory
  • Villa scored a late consolation goal through Mason Birch
  • The under-18s next face Derby County in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday

Brighton & Hove Albion under-18s recorded their biggest victory of the season to date after beating Aston Villa 4-1 on Saturday.

Goals from Archie Davies, Aaron Connolly, Luis Garcia and Alex Cochrane ended Villa’s four-match unbeaten run.

Albion made a very positive start to the match which saw the Villa defence on the back foot in the opening stages.

On the quarter-hour mark, Jayson Molumby had his shot deflected and parried away by Villa keeper Emmanuel Idem, after an encouraging attacking run from David Ajiboye.

The Seagulls took the lead from a corner, as Danny Mandroiu’s cross was met at the far post by Davies in the 39th minute.

Albion came very close to making it 2-0 moments before the break, when Mandroiu saw his long-range free-kick hit the inside of the post.

Ian Buckman’s side continued to dominate proceedings in the second-half and did double their advantage four minutes after the restart.

Goalscorer Davies had his cross headed home at the near post by Connolly to give Albion a two-goal cushion.

Just as the Villans tried to get back into the match, Seagulls substitute Dan Cashman played a through ball to Garcia, who then dispatched a powerful strike into the back of the net in the 71st minute.

Villa pulled a goal back in added time through Mason Birch after Albion failed to clear, but just a few minutes later the Seagulls got their fourth.

Davies picked out Cochrane perfectly, and the latter got beyond Villa’s last man to score with a fine finish in a one-on-one situation with the keeper.

ALBION: McGill; Davies, Moore, Barker, O’Sullivan; Molumby, Mandroiu, Garcia; Ajiboye (Ljubicic 77), Connolly (Cashman 65), Hutchinson (Cochrane 77).

SUBS NOT USED: Bentley, Fornah.

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