Albion under-18s were edged out in a thrilling contest.
House 1, 3
Barker 30 (OG), 90 (OG)
Holsgrove 40 (Pen)
- Albion were beaten in an 11-goal thriller
- Reading led the game since Ben House’s first-minute strike
- The Seagulls managed to peg it back to 4-3 before half-time, thanks to Danny Mandriou’s strike
- The under-18s are next in action against Southampton at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, on Saturday 15th October
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s were beaten 7-4 by Reading at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Saturday.
A brace from Ben House, two own-goals from Danny Barker and a strike each from Jordan Holsgrove, Harry Philby and Joel Robinson secured the victory for Reading.
Meanwhile, Aaron Connolly hit a brace for Albion, while Isaac Hutchinson and Danny Mandroiu were also on target for Ian Buckman’s side.
The Royals took the lead inside the first minute, after House seized upon a defensive error and slid the ball beyond Albion keeper George Hobbs.
House got his second just two minutes later after another defensive error and made it 2-0 with only three minutes on the clock.
Brighton got a goal back in the 25th minute, when Isaac Hutchinson’s long-range effort was parried by the Royals keeper straight into the path of Connolly, who headed the ball into the bottom corner.
The Berkshire side then gave themselves a two-goal cushion in the 30th minute, as Danny Barker turned the ball into his own net from a dangerous cross.
But it was 3-2 just four minutes later thanks to Hutchinson. Tyrese Fornah led a quick counter-attack, which was finished off with a great left-footed strike from the midfielder.
Fornah was involved in the thick of the action again when he gave away a penalty five minutes before the break, and Holsgrove stepped up to put the ball past the Hobbs into the top left-hand corner.
The Seagulls then brought it back to 4-3 just before half time through Mandroiu, as he latched onto a through ball from Max Sanders and finished excellently from outside the box.
Royals defender Philby scored the first goal of the second half with a powerful header past Hobbs in the 64th minute.
The scoring continued when Rollinson capitalised on another defensive error to make it 6-4, with a fierce strike from the edge of the area..
The 11th goal of an enthralling contest came in fortuitous circumstances for the Royals, as Hobbs parried away a shot which rebounded off Baker to make the final score 7-4.
ALBION: Hobbs; Tavares, Barker, Cochrane (Ferguson 80), O’Sullivan; Hutchinson, Fornah (Ljubicic 68), Sanders; Connolly, Mandroiu, Meekums (Moore 80).
SUB NOT USED: Garcia.