WEST HAM UNITED 2
Kemp (pen) 30
- Goals from Dan Kemp (penalty) and Grady Diangana give West Ham the victory
- Albion’s three-match unbeaten run comes to an end
- The Seagulls remain ninth in the Barclays U18 Premier League South table
- Brighton next face Fulham away on Thursday 18th February
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s were beaten for the first time in four games after a 2-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday.
Goals in each half from Dan Kemp and Grady Diangana were enough to secure all three points for the Hammers.
Albion had a chance to take the lead inside the opening few minutes when Reece Meekums raced one-on-one with goalkeeper Rihards Matrevics, but the shot-stopper reacted well to make the save.
Meekums had another chance to break the deadlock when his shot almost crossed the line, before being cleared away at the last moment by the West Ham defence.
But it was the Hammers that took the lead on the half-hour mark when Kemp was brought down inside the box.
The forward stepped up to take the subsequent penalty and fired the ball into the bottom corner beyond Albion keeper Bailey Vose.
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George Cox had a chance to level at the end of a free-flowing Albion move, but was denied by a strong save from Matrevics.
The Hammers wrapped up the points in the 69th minute after Diangana’s lob from 30 yards out beat Vose.
Thomas Byrne came close to finding the net for the Seagulls, but his close-range header from a corner went over the bar.
ALBION: Vose (GK); Moore, White (Rolph 65), Barker, Cox; Davies, Meyers, Sanders; Meekums (Ferguson 45), Byrne, Garcia.
SUBS NOT USED: Sanchez (GK), Golan, Hutchinson.