Result: Brighton edge past Bristol Rovers to reach EFL Cup third round – Sports Mole

Result: Brighton edge past Bristol Rovers to reach EFL Cup third round - Sports Mole

Bristol Rovers 1-2 Brighton: Late Glenn Murray winner sees Brighton beat Bristol Rovers

Albion are level with the Pirates at the break despite Glenn Murray having the ball in the net which was ruled out for offside.

Aaron Connolly, aged just 19 and making his full debut, netted on 55 minutes to open the scoring. Arron Mooy, also making his first start for Brighton, won the ball in midfield and played in Jahanbakhsh. His shot was deflected and Connolly, who has been in prolific form for the under-23s, was at the back post to tap home.

The Rovers levelled the scores through Tom Nichols fine half volley but Albion, who made 11 changes from the Premier League loss against Southampton last Saturday, kept pushing forward. They got their reward in the final minutes as Steven Alzate teed-up 35-year-old Glenn Murray and the captain for the night made no mistake from close range.

Highly-rated Corkman Adam Idah also took a step forward in his career by starting away to Crawley Town but the night ended in disappointment as the Premier League side – who made 11 changes – lost out to their League Two hosts.

Carabao Cup / Connolly and Murray strike as Brighton see-off Bristol Rovers

Albion: Button; Balogun, Webster, Bong; Alzate, Mooy, Gross, Bernardo; Jahanbakhsh, Connolly, Murray. Subs: Steele, Baluta, Ahannach, Sanders, Cochrane, A.Davies, Roberts.

Both Ireland U21 stars have earned places in their starting XIs for tonights Carabao Cup second round action, with Premier League side Norwich facing League Two outfit Crawley Town and Brighton, who also play in the English top flight, facing League Ones Bristol Rovers.

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