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Late drama for Albion secures them a point in Premier League 2.

By Charlie Hanson • 30 October 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion enjoy the celebrations, having been 2-0 down.

Imari Samuels struck late on as Albion snatched a point against Chelsea in Premier League 2 on Sunday.

Chelsea rushed into a second half lead after a goalless opening 45 minutes, as Lewis Hall and Omari Hutchinson scored twice in the space of three minutes, before Luca Barrington got Albion back into it with a fine finish from the edge of the box.

With both teams looking for what would prove to be an important goal, Samuels's strike would prove decisive.

After Marcus Ifill had hit the post, Samuels fired in to make it four consecutive games unbeaten for Albion in Premier League 2.

Ruairi McConville’s afternoon was brought to an early end as a clash of heads with Mason Burstow at a corner resulted in a bloody nose for the Albion man, with him having to be replaced by Samuels.

By Paul Hazlewood
Imari Samuels was no doubt pleased to find an equaliser after missing a glorious opportunity in the first half.

It was the substitute who would have the best opportunity of the half with 20 minutes on the clock. Jack Hinshelwood’s delightful ball down the right flank was crossed in first time by Todd Miller, which Samuels met unmarked at the back post but sent it over when he had near enough an open goal to aim at.

James Beadle denied Ben Elliot at the other end with a smart save down to his left, before both Andrew Moran and Charlie Webster hit the post for their teams with decent efforts.

Shannon Ruth may well have felt his team had slightly edged the first half, but Albion were undone by a quickfire second half double within five minutes of the restart.

There was an air of fortune about the opener after Antef Tsoungui had blocked Hall’s effort on the line, with the ball falling for Burstow to open the scoring from close on 47 minutes.

Nobody could argue with the quality of the Blues’ goal two minutes later though, as Hutchinson beautifully curled an effort into the top left corner from the opposite side of the box.

Peupion couldn't get on the end of a decent cross from Miller as Albion looked for a way back into the game, but they would halve the deficit thanks to a substitute. 

By Paul Hazlewood
Luca Barrington has little time for celebration after getting Albion back into the game.

Having been on the pitch for only ten minutes, Barrington found the top left corner from the edge of the box with 15 minutes to play.

Hinshelwood blazed over and Chelsea substitute Malik Mothersille was denied by Beadle in big moments for both teams, but it was Albion who would have the final say.

Ifill's lovely effort from Barrington's cutback smacked the post, but Samuels made amends for his first-half miss with a relatively simple finish to ensure Albion took home a point.

Albion: Beadle, McConville (Samuels 13), Furlong, Turns, Tsoungui, Spong ©, Miller (Ifill 66), Hinshelwood, Peupion, Moran (Nilsson 73), Chouchane (Barrington 66).

Unused subs: Cahill.