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U23 REPORT: ALBION 2 WEST BROM 1

19 December 2016

Albion returned to winning ways against the Baggies.


ALBION 2
Tilley 39 pen
Dallison 80


WEST BROM 1
Leko 14

  • Albion overturn deficit to win 2-1 against West Brom
  • Tom Dallison scores winner on return
  • James Tilley equalised from the penalty spot
  • Jonathan Leko put the Baggies in front


Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening.

Tom Dallison scored the winning goal late on, after James Tilley found the back of the net from the penalty spot before half-time, which cancelled out Jonathan Leko’s early opener for the Baggies.

The visitors had the first opportunity of the game, as first-team striker Saido Berahino fired wide of the target after racing towards the edge of Albion’s penalty area.

The Baggies took an early lead after just 14 minutes through Leko, as he showed quick feet on the edge of the box and beat Albion goalkeeper Bailey Vose, who failed to keep hold of the midfielder’s effort low down.

Henrik Bjordal and Tilley had chances to level the game in quick succession, but the pair were both denied by last-ditch blocks in front of goal.

Berahino’s pace in behind continued to cause problems for Albion’s defence, and the Baggies forward almost doubled his team’s lead when through on goal, but Vose’s right-hand upright came to his rescue.

Ben Hall was next to deny Berahino, sliding in at the back post to intercept his goal-bound effort, before Vose saved well to his right-hand side, as he parried Finn Azaz’s powerful shot away from danger.

But Albion restored parity to the scoreline in the 39th minute after Bjordal was fouled inside the box, which left Tilley the job of calmly slotting the ball past West Brom goalkeeper Jack Rose into the bottom corner.

George Cox shot straight at Rose from long distance shortly afterwards, before Jayson Molumby fired over the crossbar, as the teams went in level at the break.

Tilley had a great chance to complete the turnaround after the re-start, following Molumby’s positive break forward, but Albion’s number seven curled his effort wide after cutting inside his marker.

Albion’s goalscorer hit the target with his next effort, but Rose got down well to save the winger’s powerful strike at his near post, before Bjordal miscued his volley from Tilley’s delivery.

Connor Tighe rose highest inside the penalty area but could only head over Rose’s crossbar from Danny Mandroiu’s front-post corner, before West Brom’s defence stood up to block another effort from Tighe moments later.

Rusk introduced Joe Ward as the Seagulls went in search of a second goal, and the substitute made an instant impact, swinging a cross towards Dallison, who could only direct his effort wide of the target.

But the Albion centre-back made no mistake with his next effort in front of goal, as he gave his team the lead with ten minutes remaining, stroking home after Mandroiu’s corner was deflected onto the post and rebounded out to Dallison to finish.

The Baggies pressed for a late equaliser and came agonisingly close through Robbie McCourt’s header which rose just over the crossbar from close range, but Albion were able to hold on for all three points.

ALBION: Vose; Barnett, Dallison, Hall, Cox; Hutchinson, Molumby; Tilley, Mandroiu, Bjordal (Ward 73); Tighe (Harper 84).

Subs not used: McGill (GK), Cadman, Sanders.

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