Albion's under-23s reached the last eight of the Premier League Cup
- Albion reach the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup
- Dessie Hutchinson, Jordan Davies and Will Collar score for the Seagulls
- Sam Warde pulls a goal back for the visitors late on
- Vegard Forren plays for an hour against the Terriers
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s progressed to the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup with a commanding 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre today.
Dessie Hutchinson opened the scoring for the Seagulls, before Jordan Davies and Will Collar added goals before half-time. Sam Warde scored a consolation late on, but Albion saw out the remaining minutes to reach the next round.
Albion made five changes to the starting line-up that lost 2-0 to Aston Villa on Monday, with Casper Ankergren replacing Christian Walton in goal and Vegard Forren starting in the heart of defence.
Some brilliant hold-up play from Connor Tighe allowed George Cox to race through on goal, but the winger’s cross was unable to find its target, as he looked to return the favour and pick out his team-mate inside the box.
Cox looked lively for the Seagulls and came close to breaking the deadlock with a curling effort from 20 yards, but his ambitious right-footed attempt cannoned back off the post.
But Albion did take a deserved lead in the 17th minute and it was Hutchinson who found the bottom corner from outside the box, after Tom Dallison’s angled effort crashed off the post and fell to the Irish midfielder.
Hutchinson then turned provider as Albion doubled their lead in the 24th minute, with Davies latching onto the midfielder’s perfectly-weighted lobbed pass before cooly slotting the ball home from inside the penalty area.
Luke Coddington made a fine save to deny Tighe from extending Albion’s lead as he parried the striker’s firm effort from Tyler Hornby-Forbes’ defence-splitting pass, before James Tilley struck the crossbar with a ferocious effort from long distance.
Albion continued to play some excellent free-flowing football and Collar raced onto Tilley’s brilliant through-ball before rolling the ball past Coddington to score his first goal of the season in the 41st minute.
Huddersfield captain Regan Booty recorded his team’s first notable effort shortly before the break, but Ankergren got down well to save the midfielder’s left-footed shot from inside the box.
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Ankergren was twice called upon after the re-start, firstly saving Sam Warde’s stinging shot from inside the box, before making a brilliant one-handed save to tip Ramani Edmonds-Green’s angled strike just wide of the target.
Davies cut the ball back for Tilley inside the box, but the striker was denied by a superb block in front of goal as his shot was deflected wide of the target.
The Terriers enjoyed better spells of possession in the second-half, but Albion kept their shape well and restricted the visitors to minimal chances.
Huddersfield got the reward for their pressure in the 86th minute, and it was Warde who fired a powerful shot past Ankergren into the bottom corner to make it 3-1.
Olly Dyson connected with a header from Booty’s delivery to the back post, but could only direct his effort into the hands of Ankergren, before Hornby-Forbes raced back to clear the striker’s shot off the line.
Albion defended well in the closing stages as the Terriers pushed for a second goal, but the visitors ran out of time and the Seagulls sealed their place in the last eight of the competition.
ALBION: Ankergren; Hornby-Forbes, Hall, Forren (A.Davies 61), Dallison (Longman 90); J Davies, Collar, Hutchinson, Cox; Tighe, Tilley.
SUBS NOT USED: Collings (GK), Barker, Moore.