Julio Enciso scored a high-profile finish for Albion U21s against Liverpool today.
The teenager, cheered on from the stands by his Paraguayan father, scored the opening goal late in the Premier League 2 competition in Lancing.
But an accurate finish from Layton Stewart in the 89th minute meant the Seagulls had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
They lost Jeremy Sarmiento within the first 15 minutes, although the fact that the Ecuador international then watched the action from the sidelines suggested the problem wasn’t serious.
Enciso survived a frustrating late afternoon into the night.
His golden hour came in the 86th minute.
He showed pace and strength to fend off a defender as they chased Levi Colwill’s ball, which chipped over the top.
Then came the delicate demolition via keeper Harvey Davies, who bounced gently into the far post.
Stewart responded three minutes later and still had time to be sent off for a foul that earned his second yellow card.
Colwill partnered Ed Turns in central defence, while Odel Offiah and James Furlong were on the flanks.
Steven Alzate and Jack Spong anchored the midfield while Andrew Moran tried to back up frontman Evan Ferguson.
Enciso started wide on the left and Sarmiento on the right.
Liverpool almost took the lead when Luke Chambers drilled a low ball over the goal.
Then Alzate came over quickly to deflect a shot from Jake Cain into the side netting as the Reds skipper charged on goal.
Albion prevailed despite losing Sarmiento in the 13th minute.
His substitute Peupion delivered the cross from which Colwill headed just over the goal.
Alzate was prominent in midfield and his pal Spong produced the pass of the half and slotted the ball down Peupion’s run through the advanced Liverpool defence.
From a position to the right of goal, the Australian drilled his shot wide of the far post.
Enciso shot wide after Thomas McGill released Ferguson with a pinpoint long pass.
The Albion goalkeeper saved a couple of routine shots towards the end of the half.
McGill was alert and pushed Dominic Corness’s free-kick over the bar in the second period.
The resulting corner should have put Liverpool ahead but Lee Jonas headed a huge chance wide of the far post.
Harvey Blair later headed the bar from close range.
And McGill made a great block from close range from Cain to keep his team level.
Albion didn’t reply much.
Their best work was Peupion on the right and his low cutback after a great wing play somehow eluded Ferguson.
Then they passed Enciso twice.
He shot wide on his first try – but clips of his finish that followed soon after will be enjoyed by his fans back home in Paraguay as well as Albion supporters.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/20648319.julio-enciso-scores-brighton-v-liverpool-under-21-clash/?ref=rss Julio Enciso scores in the U21 clash between Brighton and Liverpool