- Albion beat Rangers development squad 2-1 at Ibrox
- Max Sanders puts Brighton in front with a composed finish
- Jamie Barjonas levels the scores in the first half
- Ryan Longman scores a 90th-minute winner
A Brighton & Hove Albion under-19 side beat Glasgow Rangers development squad 2-1 in a friendly at Ibrox tonight.
Simon Rusk took charge of the Brighton team on the night, which comprised mostly of under-18 players, following yesterday’s Premier League 2 Division 2 fixture against West Bromwich Albion.
Max Sanders put the Seagulls in front, before Jamie Barjonas pulled one back for the hosts. But just as the game looked to be heading for a draw, Ryan Longman’s header secured an impressive 2-1 victory.
Sanders broke the deadlock after showing some brilliant composure inside the box to weave his way through the Rangers defence, before firing home past Aidan McAdams.
Serge Atakayi almost brought parity to the scoreline with a powerful strike from distance that flew just wide of the Albion goal.
The scores were levelled through Barjonas in the 26th minute, when he drove into the box and saw his shot nestle in the bottom corner.
Albion’s defence had to withstand a spell of pressure, as Thomas McGill was forced into a fine save to deny Ryan Hardie, before Zak Rudden saw his shot blocked.
Longman had two chances in quick succession at the end of the first half to put Albion back in front, but was thwarted by McAdams on both occasions.
Scott Gray came close to giving Rangers the lead after the break with a free kick which went just past the post.
Danny Cashman could’ve netted the winner earlier for Albion, after he went round the keeper, but his effort from a tight angle hit the post.
But Longman secured the win late on, as his header from Alex Cochrane’s cross capped off a memorable night in Glasgow.
ALBION: McGill; Morrison, Barker, Moore, Cochrane; Ajiboye (Meekums 63), Hoare (Fornah 79), Sanders, Longman; Cashman, Ljubicic.
SUBS NOT USED: Collings (GK), Hutchinson, Ferguson.