Brighton & Hove Albion's under-21s are through to the Barclays U21 Premier League Cup quarter-finals.
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- Albion win 4-2 on penalties and progress to the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Cup quarter-finals
- Dylan Barnett and Jack Harper score for Albion
- Glen Rea is sent off in extra-time
- The Seagulls will travel to Liverpool in the next round
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-21s are through to the Barclays U21 Premier League Cup quarter-finals after a thrilling 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory over Everton at Southport FC.
Sam Byrne’s 40th-minute strike looked to have sent Everton through to the last eight, but a stoppage time header from Dylan Barnett and a goal in extra-time from Jack Harper put Albion 2-1 ahead.
Everton fought back again when Joe Williams made it 2-2 from the penalty spot and the Seagulls even had Glen Rea sent off before securing a 4-2 victory on penalties and a quarter-final date away at Liverpool.
The Toffees started the match brightly and Byrne could have given them the lead inside the opening three minutes, but Christian Walton made a fine save to keep out the shot.
Albion had their first opportunity when Barnett tried his luck with a strike from distance that was comfortably caught by goalkeeper Louis Gray.
Tom Davies was close to breaking the deadlock in Everton’s favour, but saw his header flash wide from Kieran Dowell’s free-kick.
Dowell then pulled the ball back for Williams inside the box, but the latter blazed his shot over the crossbar.
The hosts made the breakthrough five minutes before the interval when Byrne fired the ball past Walton after a free-flowing counter-attacking move.
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Dowell had the first meaningful opportunity after the restart, but could not divert his attempt on target from the edge of the area.
Walton kept Albion in the cup tie with a superb stop to keep out Matthew Pennington’s header.
But in the dying moments of the game, Barnett headed home from a free-kick into the area to send the tie into extra-time.
Courtney Duffus then had a chance to re-establish Everton’s lead but Walton made an excellent save to tip the shot round the post.
Simon Rusk’s side turned the tie completely on its head when substitute Harper fired a cracking strike beyond Gray to give Albion a 2-1 lead in the 99th minute.
The lead did not last long though, as the Toffees were awarded a penalty and Williams’s low powerful strike beat Walton to make it 2-2 after 103 minutes of play.
It got worse for the Seagulls when Rea was sent off following two bookings in quick succession.
However, Jayson Molumby, Tom Dallison, Harper and James Tilley were all on target for Albion in the shoot-out, while Davies missed the decisive penalty to give Brighton a thrilling victory.
ALBION: Walton; Hunt, Rea (c), Dallison, Barnett; Bjordal (Ward 45), Molumby, Hutchinson; Ayunga (Deen 86), Starkey (Harper 68), Tilley.
SUBS NOT USED: Doherty (GK), Barclay.