Brighton lost 1-0 to Bournemouth after extra time in the League Cup on Tuesday night. It was a second time in a week that the teams have met, Bournemouth coming out on top in both games.
Chris Hughton made several changes to his Brighton side last night. Those changes included him using an all-Waterford midfield combination.
Jayson Molumby, who is from Cappoquin, made the second appearance of his Brighton career. Last month, the 18-year-old impressed on his debut against Barnet.
Last night, Dessie Hutchinson made his debut. The 20-year-old, who signed his first pro contract with Brighton during the summer, is from Dunmore East. Hutchinson was an integral part of Brighton's U23s last season, sharing the captaincy of the team.
After the game, Molumby said he was delighted to see Hughton show such trust in him and his fellow Waterford man.
For him to show trust in myself and Dessie is brilliant, because it means a lot to us.
I know Dessie very well, we go way back and he’s from the same county in Ireland as me. I train with him every day and play with him most matchdays for the under-23s, so we’ve got a good understanding.
It's over two years since Molumby first joined Brighton. He is in no doubt that it was the right decision.
It’s been very good, everybody has just been blown away by me and Dessie because we’re from the same place.
It’s a big deal for any young Irish lad coming over, so I just want to do them proud and do my best.
I knew that it was a very good opportunity here, because they like young players and have a great academy for them to progress.
The Irish connection was a big factor too with all the Irish boys here, and John Morling, the academy manager, was a big influence.
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