ALBION 3Meekums 1
Mandroiu 74NORWICH 1Higgs 49
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s secured their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Norwich City on Saturday.
- Albion win their first game of the season
- Reece Meekums, Max Sanders and Danny Mandroiu all on target
- Kieran Higgs scored for Norwich
- The Seagulls host Arsenal next on Saturday
Goals from Reece Meekums, Max Sanders and Danny Mandroiu secured all three points in a game played at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.
Albion took the lead with just 12 seconds on the clock, when Meekums ran onto a through ball from Isaac Hutchinson and fired the ball home.
The advantage was doubled in the 25th minute after Sanders scored with a superb long-range strike.
The Canaries did gain a foothold in the game two minutes after the re-start, as Kieran Higgs cut in from the right-hand side and slotted his shot beyond Albion keeper George Hobbs.
But the two-goal cushion was restored after the Seagulls were awarded a penalty with 15 minutes remaining, with Mandroiu brought down inside the box.
The young Irishman dispatched the subsequent spot-kick to give Ian Buckman’s side a 3-1 victory.
Coach Ian Buckman said, “It was a great start. Reece scored in the first minute after the lads pressed well from kick-off, and he took his goal very well.
“This week, I felt we had that little bit more tempo in our play and were good on the counter-attack.
“Max Sanders scored with a tremendous strike to make it 2-0 and at half-time, we said it would be difficult playing into the wind.
“We stayed positive with our possession, kept playing it forward and took the game to Norwich.
“We conceded, which was a test of the team’s character at 2-1, but I was very pleased with their reaction to that.
“We went 3-1 up and had some chances later in the game. Overall, it was a very good performance.”