Report: Dreyer Double Stuns Gunners

Anders Dreyer’s brace was not enough to secure victory for Brighton and Hove Albion Under-23s as they drew 2-2 with Arsenal Under-23s. 

The Seagulls youngster turned in a standout display against Freddie Ljungberg’s Gunners but could not inspire his side to all three points despite their second-half fightback. 

Just before the interval, Arsenal broke the deadlock after a sustained period of pressure. Bukayo Saka drove towards the Seagulls’ defence before finding Xavier Amaechi, whose driven shot flew in off the post.

Brighton found themselves on level terms in the 56th minute, however, after Dreyer struck the ball low and beyond Arsenal shot-stopper Deyan Iliev.

The Danish winger added his second of the evening with a solo goal. After taking the ball past several Arsenal players, Dreyer coolly slotted into the bottom right corner, handing his team the lead.

The hosts almost clinched all three points as the 20-year-old again troubled the Gunners’ backline, with his effort on goal this time rebounding off the post as a hat-trick narrowly eluded him.

Brighton were made to rue their missed opportunities late on, however, as Arsenal equalised in the 85th minute. Substitute Trae Coyle converted Amaechi’s low cross into the box to make it 2-2. 

Following the draw at the People’s Pension Stadium, Dreyer lauded his side’s second-half display. 

“We didn’t deliver in the first half,” said the Brighton winger. “But we talked about it at half-time and we came out very strongly. We delivered a good performance.”

Dreyer did concede that he and his teammates were left frustrated by their failure to clinch an important win but insisted that the character on show was encouraging. He said: “Unfortunately, they scored in the last minute, but [there was] a very strong character from all the players, so I’m very happy.”

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