Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s began their season with a narrow 1-0 defeat at Leicester City on Saturday.
- Albion’s under-18s begin the season with a defeat
- Kairo Arlott-John’s goal secures victory for Leicester
- Reece Meekums and Luis Garcia both come close for Albion
- The Seagulls next face Norwich at home on Saturday
Kairo Arlott-John’s strike in the opening five minutes settled the match in a cagey encounter.
Arlott-John reacted quickest to Elliot Webber’s deflected ball into the box and fired an effort past Albion keeper George Hobbs to secure all three points.
Ian Buckman’s side still managed to create a number of chances during the game, with Reece Meekums hitting the post early on following a driving run by Max Sanders. Luis Garcia then followed up with a shot which forced a fine save from the Leicester keeper.
Danny Mandroiu was next to test the Foxes defence when his shot was saved after a positive run forward, before Sanders came close with an attempt that went narrowly wide.
Under-18 coach Buckman said, “It was a good test and Leicester are a strong side. We started quite brightly and it was quite an open start to the game.
“We hit the post through Reece Meekums and within a couple of minutes, we had conceded. It was fine margins between us being ahead or behind.
“After that, the game settled down and both defences were quite tight. It was quite a disciplined performance, which was encouraging.
“In the second half, we made a couple of changes and chased the game a little bit, but we just came up short.”
ALBION: Hobbs; Moore, Barker, O’Sullivan, Cochrane; Davies, Sanders, Mandroiu (Connolly 81); Meekums, Byrne (Ajiboye 74), Garcia (Hutchinson 74).
SUBS NOT USED: McGill (GK), Morrison.