Simon Rusk's side were narrowly beaten by Newcastle.
Longstaff 6, 76
- Albion are beaten for the second time this season
- Joe Ward on target for Albion
- Sean Longstaff scores a brace
- Albion travel to West Ham next Monday
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s were edged out 2-1 by Newcastle United in a close contest at the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening.
Joe Ward’s second-half equaliser cancelled out Sean Longstaff’s close-range finish in the opening stages, before the striker completed his brace to give the Magpies all three points.
Simon Rusk made three changes to the team that lost against West Bromwich Albion last week, with Sam Adekugbe, Jayson Molumby and Jack Harper all returning to the side.
The Magpies began the game on the front foot, with lone frontman Luke Charman swivelling inside the area to record an early shot, but his close-range effort rolled wide of the upright.
Albion struggled to get to grips with the early tempo set by the visitors, and paid the price after only six minutes, when Longstaff found space inside the penalty area, before chipping the ball over Robert Sanchez to break the deadlock.
The away side continued to create chances in front of goal, as Sanchez saved well from Charman.
Jesse Starkey recorded Albion’s first notable attempt at goal on the half-hour mark, curling a free-kick towards the top corner from 25-yards out, but Freddie Woodman got across his goal to collect with ease.
Adekugbe was then forced off injured, following a collision with Sanchez and was replaced by George Cox.
Newcastle continued to show more cutting edge in the final third, with Callum Roberts working space for himself on the edge of the penalty area, before unleashing a firm shot that sailed just wide.
Rusk’s team had a lucky escape minutes before the interval, as Sanchez’s attempted clearance rebounded off Roberts, looped over the crossbar and came within inches of doubling the away side’s lead.
Albion made a better start to the second half, Joe Ward hung an early cross to the back post, with Connor Tighe waiting to connect, but Newcastle defender Lubomir Satka brilliantly intercepted to cancel the danger.
Starkey had another chance to level the game from a free-kick just outside the penalty area, but the midfielder’s effort was curled high and wide of the target.
Albion finally got the reward for their hard work and pressure, as Ward cleverly cut in off the wing and audaciously looped the ball over Woodman into the far corner to bring the Seagulls level.
But moments later, the Magpies put another twist in the tale, as Longstaff scored his second from close-range after Sanchez parried away a shot from Roberts.
Molumby set up a chance for Starkey, as the midfielder raced into the box and headed wide of the target.
Substitute Jonah Ayunga came within inches of scoring a stoppage-time equaliser for the Seagulls, volleying agonisingly wide of Woodman’s left-hand upright.
Rusk’s team pressed for a second goal, but were unable to claw their way back into the game and Newcastle claimed all three points.
ALBION: Sanchez; Collar, Hall, White, Adekugbe (Cox 37); Ward, Molumby, Hutchinson, Starkey; Harper (Barclay 57); Tighe (Ayunga 77).
SUBS NOT USED: Vose (GK), Tilley.