ASTON VILLA 1Knibbs 80
- Albion were narrowly beaten by Villa
- Harvey Knibbs scores the winner in the 80th minute
- Alex Cochrane comes close to netting an equaliser late on
- The Seagulls are next in action at home to Swansea on Saturday
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa on Saturday.
An 80th-minute strike from Harvey Knibbs was enough to secure the hosts all three points, in a closely-contested contest at the club’s Bodymoor Heath Training Ground.
Ian Buckman’s side made a bright start to the match, as Sam Rolph came close early on with a header that was blocked on the line from Danny Mandroiu’s corner.
Reece Meekums also tried his luck in the opening 20 minutes after latching onto Rian O’Sullivan’s cross, but guided his shot just wide.
Mandroiu had a chance of his own, with a superb solo strike that hit the crossbar from 25 yards out.
The young Irishman went close to breaking the deadlock again in the second half, when his header was blocked near the goalmouth.
Meekums was involved in the thick of the action again, after Mandroiu floated a superb ball into his path, but his attempt went just off target.
Villa scored the only goal of the game when a free-kick was played into the box and Knibbs fired home from close range.
Alex Cochrane came within inches of finding an equaliser in the closing stages, but the Villans held on.
McGill; Moore, Barker, Rolph (Ajiboye 81), O’Sullivan; Sanders, Mandroiu, Garcia (Hutchinson 77); Meekums (Connolly 77), Garcia, Cochrane.
SUBS NOT USED:
Hobbs (GK) Fornah.