Albion's under-23s were narrowly beaten in their Premier League Cup quarter-final.
- Albion are eliminated from the Premier League Cup at the quarter-final stage
- Kenji Gorre finds the breakthrough for the hosts in the second half
- Tom Dallison goes close with efforts in both halves
- The Seagulls take on Stoke City at the Amex next Monday
Brighton & Hove Albion exited the Premier League Cup despite a spirited performance against Swansea City this afternoon, as they were narrowly defeated 1-0 at the Landore Training Ground.
Kenji Gorre scored the only goal in the second half for the Swans, and despite Albion’s best efforts to take the game into extra-time, the hosts held on to secure their place in the final four of the competition.
Three changes were made to the Albion starting line-up that beat Huddersfield Town in the previous round, as Robert Sanchez, Ben Barclay and Ben White all returned to the side.
Swansea had the game’s first opportunity as George Byers picked up the ball in a central position and fired a shot towards goal, but Albion goalkeeper Sanchez comfortably claimed the ball low down.
Few clear-cut chances were created inside the opening 20 minutes as Swansea dominated possession, but Albion showed great discipline defensively and frustrated the home side.
Gorre connected with a volley inside Albion’s penalty box, but Sanchez was on hand to gather with ease, before Tyler Hornby-Forbes struck a powerful shot wide of the target from White’s through-ball.
Dan James curled a right-footed shot wide of Sanchez’s right-hand upright from just outside the penalty area, before Tom Dallison blocked Gorre’s fierce shot in front of goal.
Dallison then came close to opening the scoring for the Seagulls, but the defender’s first-time effort from Dessie Hutchinson’s free-kick delivery was straight at Swans goalkeeper Gregor Zabret.
Sanchez made a brilliant save at his near post to deny winger James from breaking the deadlock, moments before Liam Cullen drilled a low shot into the side netting from close range.
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Ryan Blair came within inches of finding a breakthrough for the hosts, but the central midfielder’s low shot could only find the side netting shortly after the re-start.
Albion’s resilience was finally broken in the 68th minute when Gorre broke into the penalty area and found the bottom corner from a tight angle to put the Swans in front.
Minutes later Gorre broke forward again in a carbon copy of his opening strike, but this time Sanchez was on hand to save well from the winger’s ferocious effort at his near post.
Gorre continued to threaten and fired a powerful shot inches over the crossbar from 20 yards out, before George Cox’s dangerous cross to the back post was cleared to safety.
Max Sanders and Dallison had late efforts to restore parity to the scoreline, but the latter’s close-range connection from Jordan Davies’ corner looped over the crossbar.
Albion had a shout for a penalty turned down in stoppage time as Davies went down inside the box, but they couldn’t find an equalising goal as Swansea held on for victory.
ALBION: Sanchez; Hornby-Forbes, White, Dallison, Cox; Barclay (A.Davies 61), Hutchinson; J.Davies, Molumby, Tilley; Tighe (Sanders 76).
SUBS NOT USED: Collings (GK), Hall, Ljubicic.
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