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U23 REPORT: ALBION 2 WOLVES 1

28 November 2016

Albion's under-23s claimed their second win of the season.


ALBION 2
Hall 56
Towell 77

WOLVES 1
Randell 14


  • Albion come from behind to secure their second league win
  • Richie Towell and Ben Hall score for Albion
  • Kazenga LuaLua, Solly March, Sebastien Pocognoli and Niki Maenpaa all feature
  • Will Randell scores early on for ten-man Wolves


Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s came from behind to win 2-1 against high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening.

Ben Hall scored in the second half to cancel out Will Randell’s early opener, before Richie Towell found the back net late on to secure victory for the Seagulls, after Regan Upton saw red for a second yellow card.

Simon Rusk included a number of first-team players in his starting line-up, with Kazenga LuaLua, Solly March and Towell all featuring, as well as Sebastian Pocognoli and Niki Maenpaa.

The visitors had the first chance of the game inside the opening minutes when Joe Delacoe raced through on goal, but Albion goalkeeper Maenpaa saved the striker’s tame effort.

Will Collar drove forward and whipped a cross into the penalty area for Henrik Bjordal, but the Norwegian was unable to direct his header on target.

Albion fell behind in the 14th minutes when Maenpaa rushed off his line, but failed to clear Conor Levingston’s long ball forward, which left Randell the easy task of rolling the ball into the net to open the scoring.

Wolves continued to prove hard to break down, and March tried his luck from long range after gliding past two players, but the winger’s low effort sailed wide.

Maenpaa was then called upon to tip Morgan Gibbs-White’s long-range attempt over the crossbar, before Towell fired wide of the target from March’s layoff.

March came agonisingly close to levelling the scoreline shortly before the break, with Wolves goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne pulling off a superb reaction save from the winger’s close-range header.

Dessie Hutchinson tested Burgoyne again moments later, but the shot-stopper got down well to gather the midfielder’s stinging effort from outside the penalty area.

Wolves striker Delacoe looked to double his team’s lead after the re-start, but the forward could only bend his shot over the crossbar from 25 yards.

Albion drew level after 56 minutes through Hall, with the defender swinging his foot to meet the ball inside the penalty area after LuaLua’s corner was half cleared, and Burgoyne could only parry his shot over the line.

The visitors were rocked by Albion’s equalising goal and Towell went in search of another just moments later, but the midfielder’s low-driven effort was gathered by Burgoyne.

March then had a half-volley well saved by the visiting goalkeeper, before Towell prodded Pocognoli’s low shot into the net, only for the linesman’s offside flag to rise.

But there was no denying the Irishman in the 77th minute, when he calmly slotted the ball past Burgoyne into the far corner from March’s header forward, to put Albion in front late on.

The visitors were then reduced to ten men, with Upton receiving his second yellow card of the game for stopping LuaLua from racing through on goal, as the central defender deliberately handled the ball.

Maenpaa pulled off a brilliant save at full stretch to deny Daniel Armstrong in the closing stages, before the Wolves substitute shot wide in stoppage time, and the Seagulls held on for their second league win of the season.

ALBION: Maenpaa; Collar, Pocognoli, Hall, Hunt; Hutchinson (Starkey 78), Molumby, Towell; LuaLua, Bjordal (Duffus 70), March.

SUBS NOT USED: Sanchez (GK), Barnett, Harper.

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