NORWICH 1Aransibia 90+4ALBION 1Davies 3
- Archie Davies gave Albion an early lead with a superb strike
- Max Sanders hit the crossbar from outside the box in the first half
- Devonte Aransibia’s late penalty snatched a point for the Canaries
- The under-18s are next in action against Leicester City at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Saturday.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-18s shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City on Saturday.
Devonte Aransibia’s late penalty cancelled out an early goal from Archie Davies to earn a point for the home side.
Albion started the match very brightly and scored from the game’s first attack. David Ajiboye’s cross was cleared, but only to Davies, who rifled the ball into the top right-hand corner.
Davies was involved in the thick of the action again just moments later, as he showed great pace to latch onto Mandroiu’s through ball, but his first-time cross was cleared just before it reached the feet of Ajiboye.
Albion had another chance when Davies forced Norwich keeper Fergal Hale-Brown into a fine save following a good one-two with Mandroiu.
With half an hour played, Davies could have had a hat-trick, but for another great save from Hale-Brown.
Rian O’Sullivan’s cross met the run of Mandriou who headed the ball onto the unmarked Davies, but Hale-Brown charged off his line to block his shot.
Max Sanders was next to come close for the Seagulls, who hit the crossbar with a shot from just outside the box.
Just after the hour mark Albion had the ball in the back of the net again, but it was ruled offside. Mandriou sent Ajiboye through on goal, but the striker was half a yard beyond the last defender.
But after taking an early lead, Albion failed to put the game to bed and were punished in added time.
The Canaries won a penalty after the ball struck Mandroiu’s arm and Aransibia scored with the game’s last touch to rescue a point for his side.
ALBION: McGill; Moore, Balogun, Mukena, O’Sullivan; Barker, Sanders, Mandroiu; Davies, Ajiboye (Connolly 76), Garcia (Hutchinson 81).
SUBS NOT USED: Ferguson, Bentley, Cochrane.