Albion's under-18s recorded a conslusive win over the Baggies.ALBION 7
Sanders 37, 69
Hutchinson 45, 79
WEST BROM 1
Bradley 24 pen
- Albion seal a convincing win over West Brom
- Max Sanders and Isaac Hutchinson score two goals each
- Luis Garcia, Ryan Longman and Stefan Ljubicic add further goals
The Seagulls travel to Newcastle United on Saturday
Bentley (GK), Morrison, Rolph, Fornah, Ljubicic. SUBS:
McGill; Moore, Barker, Shihab, Cochrane; Hutchinson, Sanders, A.Davies, Ibeh; Garcia, Longman. ALBION:
Sanders laid on the final goal of the afternoon in the 79th minute when he slipped the ball through for Hutchinson, and the winger completed his double with a composed finish past House, as the Seagulls stormed to a resounding victory.
Buckman’s team were playing some brilliant free-flowing football and substitute Ljubicic finished off one of their moves in the 77th minute, as the striker slotted home from Archie Davies’s cross, following great play from Hutchinson and Longman.
Sanders had the opportunity to secure his brace from 12 yards when Albion were rewarded a penalty, and the midfielder confidently stroked the ball home to add to the scoreline.
A wonderful floated delivery from Garcia was met by Longman in the 58th minute, and the striker’s accurate header looped over House to give the Seagulls a 4-1 lead.
Hutchinson added a third goal shortly before the break after Alex Cochrane’s cross wasn’t dealt with inside the box, which allowed the winger to steal the ball and find the back of the net.
Garcia came close to securing his second goal and Albion’s third moments later, but the Spaniard could only fire over the crossbar after Longman forced House into an error.
Boosted by their equalising goal, Buckman’s side completed a quick turnaround in the 40th minute and it was an outstanding strike that put Albion ahead, as Garcia found the back of the net with an audacious lob from the halfway line.
But Albion hit back in the 37th minute through Sanders, as the central midfielder skilfully beat a handful of players before rolling the ball past West Brom keeper Bradley House to level the scores.
The Seagulls were dealt an early blow when the Baggies were awarded a penalty in the 24th minute, and Bradley stepped up to calmly slot the ball past McGill to break the deadlock.
Columbus Ibeh had Albion’s first opportunity of the game inside the opening stages, but the winger’s angled strike from just outside the box rose narrowly over the crossbar.
Ian Buckman made five changes to the side that lost 2-0 against Southampton before the international break, with goalkeeper Tom McGill returning for the Seagulls.
Alex Bradley gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot, but Albion reacted in unforgiving fashion with seven goals, as Max Sanders and Isaac Hutchinson both secured a brace, with Luis Garcia, Ryan Longman and Stefan Ljubicic also getting on the scoresheet.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s came from behind to emphatically beat West Bromwich Albion 7-1 at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Saturday afternoon.