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Brighton & Hove Albion U23's
Haywards Heath Town FC
Full time
C Saunders (20')
Tue 7 Aug 19:30 - Cup Attendance 192

Heath Lift Sussex Community Shield

A Crowd of 192 saw Heath lift the Sussex Community Shield beating Brighton & Hove Albion U23's 1-0 at Culver Road

Match Report courtesy of Brighton & Hove Albion website

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s were beaten 1-0 by Haywards Heath Town in the Sussex Community Shield at Culver Road.

A first-half penalty from Callum Saunders was enough to separate the two sides in the county’s showpiece match, as last season’s respective winners of the Southern Combination Football League and Parafix Sussex Senior Cup faced each other in aid of Chestnut Tree House.

Haywards Heath were enjoying a spell of sustained pressure when they were awarded a penalty after Melford Simpson’s header back across the box hit Tareq Shihab’s hand.

Callum Saunders stepped up and slotted his penalty straight down the middle to give the reigning Southern Combination Football League champions the lead with 20 minutes on the clock.

Albion looked to quickly restore parity as Danny Cashman teed up Jack Spong in space, but his effort went wide.

Ayo Tanimowo then found himself in space through on goal, but opted to pass to Cashman instead and Haywards Heath cleared their lines.

Down the other end, Nathan Cooper headed a Saunders corner wide at the far post, before Simpson showed good persistence to engineer a chance, but his resulting header was comfortably saved by Collings.

The second half began in the same cagey fashion as the first with few chances for either side.

Lewis Finney carved out the first opening for Haywards Heath when he cut inside the Albion defence, only to see his subsequent shot blocked by Shihab.

Shaun Saunders’s side came close to doubling their lead through Melford Simpson, when his diving header from a corner went just past the far post.

Collings was then called into action and made a fine save with his foot to keep out Saunders, before Finney fired the loose ball just wide with the follow-up.

Albion had arguably their best chance of the game through Ljubicic, who was picked out by Cashman, only to fire over the bar from close range.

Another chance came from a set piece, as Jayden Onen’s free kick hit the wall, before Spong fired the rebound wide.

Simpson came close to wrapping up the contest for Haywards Heath, but his close-range header was met with a fine save from Collings.

The Seagulls missed two golden opportunities in stoppage time, as both Cashman and Ljubicic headed wide while unmarked inside the box.

Ljubicic had two more chances even deeper into added time, as his free kick was pushed away by Josh Heyburn, before he headed wide on the follow up.

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Key moments

20:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town FC

Highlights

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90:00 Sub On
Nick Collyer is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town FC
90:00 Sub Off
Naim Rouane is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town FC
87:00 Sub On
Byron Napper is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town FC
87:00 Sub Off
Melford Simpson is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town FC
78:00 Sub Off
Callum Saunders is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town FC
78:00 Sub On
Max Miller is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town FC
76:00 Sub Off
Luc Doherty is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town FC
76:00 Sub On
Jamie Cradock is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town FC
20:00 Goal 0 - 1
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town FC
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As it happened

  • Brighton & Hove Albion U23's
  • Haywards Heath Town FC
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  • Callum Saunders Goal 20:00'
  • Luc Doherty Sub Off 76:00'
  • Jamie Cradock Sub On 76:00'
  • Callum Saunders Sub Off 78:00'
  • Max Miller Sub On 78:00'
  • Melford Simpson Sub Off 87:00'
  • Byron Napper Sub On 87:00'
  • Naim Rouane Sub Off 90:00'
  • Nick Collyer Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Doherty, Luc Doherty, Luc
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
Finney, Lewis Finney, Lewis
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Fenton, George Fenton, George
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Louis, Kane Louis, Kane
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Rouane , Naim Rouane , Naim
Brighton & Hove Albion U23's
  • 1. Billy Collings
  • 2. Tareq Shihab
  • 3. Ayo Tanimowo
  • 4. Matt Weire
  • 5. Ben Clark-Eden
  • 6. Cameron Tutt
  • 7. Stefan Vukoje
  • 8. Jaden Owen
  • 9. Stefan Ljubicic
  • 10. Danny Cashman
  • 11. Jack Sponci
  • 12. Sam Packham
  • 13. George Bentley
  • 14. Hayden Roberts
  • 15. Jordan Davies
  • 16. Alex Cochrane

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