- Albion score late to secure a point
- Rafael Camacho puts the Reds ahead
- Haydon Roberts heads leveller for the Seagulls late on
- The Seagulls extend unbeaten run to three matches
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s struck late to secure a point against ten-man Liverpool in the Premier League 2 Division 1, as the teams drew 1-1 at the Liverpool Academy.
Haydon Roberts headed his second goal of the season for Simon Rusk’s team to level the game three minutes from time, after Rafael Camacho put the hosts ahead before Ki-jana Hoever’s 21st-minute sending off.
Liverpool created the first notable chance of the game, as Curtis Jones curled an effort towards the top corner from 25 yards, but Hugo Keto shifted across his line to tip over for a corner.
Warren O’Hora then picked out Alex Cochrane with a fine ball down the flank, and the full-back’s swerving delivery almost caught out Reds shot-stopper Caoimhin Kelleher.
But the hosts were able to break the deadlock in the 11th minute and it was Camacho who pounced on a loose pass inside and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Aaron Connolly continued to work on the heels of Liverpool’s defence, and when he stole the ball and raced clear through on goal, Hoever tripped the Irishman just outside the box to receive a red card.
Albion instantly looked to make the most of their one-man advantage, as Sanders cut inside and fired a powerful shot from 25 yards to force Kelleher into a good stop.
Despite being a man down, Liverpool continued to create chances, but thankfully for the Seagulls, Camacho’s free kick flew just wide before Leo Ostigard cleared Connor Randall’s cross with a brave header.
Viktor Gyokeres came off the bench for the second half and almost levelled the game inside his first few touches, but after cutting inside the Swede’s curling effort dropped just wide of the target.
Albion survived a scare moments later when Camacho chopped the ball inside of Archie Davies and bent a shot towards the top corner, only for the forward’s effort to cannon back off the crossbar.
Gyokeres continued to show positive signs for Albion, as he used his physicality to shield the ball before racing towards the target and having a powerful shot blocked in front of goal.
The Seagulls were inches away from getting on level terms when Peter Gwargis’s corner ended up at the feet of O’Hora inside the penalty area, and the defender’s close-range effort agonisingly dropped just over.
One of Albion’s main goal threats then left the field on a stretcher, after Connolly pulled up with an injury and was replaced by Stefan Ljubicic — the second game in a row the Irishman departed with a problem.
Rusk’s team needed just one moment of quality to change the game, and thankfully that moment came when Cochrane’s fine delivery was confidently met by Roberts, who glanced a header into the top corner in the 87th minute.
Liverpool went in search of a winning goal, but important blocks from Joe Tomlinson and Ostigard kept Albion’s hard-earned point intact, as the teams shared the spoils for a second time this season.
ALBION: Keto; A.Davies, Ostigard, O’Hora, Cochrane; Sanders, Roberts, Jenks (Tomlinson 60); Longman (Gyokeres 46), Connolly (Ljubicic 82), Gwargis.
Subs not used: Collings (GK), Tanimowo.