Albion's under-21s drew 2-2 with Derby tonight
- Albion draw with the league leaders at St George’s Park
- Jack Harper and Glen Rea score for the Seagulls
- Simon Rusk’s side had taken a 2-0 lead
- Callum Guy scores a late equaliser from the spot
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-21s drew 2-2 with league leaders Derby County at St George’s Park tonight.
Jack Harper and Glen Rea put Albion 2-0 in front, but a goal from Kwame Thomas and a late penalty from Callum Guy earned the Rams a point.
Charles Vernam had the first clear-cut opportunity of the game when he shot straight at Christian Walton from just outside the box.
Guy was next to test the Albion defence with a free-kick, but Walton came out to comfortably collect the ball.
Rams keeper Lee Grant then denied Harper at the far post with a fine save.
Ivan Calero saw his effort cleared off the line before Henrik Rorvik Bjordal came close with a half volley that deflected narrowly over the bar.
Albion broke the deadlock thanks to Harper, after his left-footed strike beat Grant after 35 minutes.
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The Seagulls doubled their advantage just two minutes after the restart when skipper Rea headed home from a set-piece to make it 2-0.
But Derby got a foothold back in the game five minutes later when Kwame Thomas prodded the ball home beyond Walton.
Albion still carried a threat going forward, and James Tilley was next to try his luck from distance, only for Grant to make the save.
Bjordal had a golden opportunity to make it 3-1, but blazed a close-range effort over the crossbar.
The Rams pressed forward in search of an equaliser, but Tom Koblenz fired a header straight into the hands of Walton from a corner.
Shaquille McDonald came on as a late substitute for the hosts and almost made an immediate impact when his curling shot was tipped around the post by Walton.
But the Rams did claim a share of the spoils in stoppage time when Guy dispatched his penalty beyond Walton to deny Simon Rusk’s side an impressive victory.
ALBION: Walton; Hunt, Rea (c), Barclay, Barnett; Tilley, Molumby, Hutchinson; Kandi (Ayunga 82), Harper (Starkey 74), Bjordal.
SUBS NOT USED: Vose (GK), White, Ward.