Lorent Tolaj scored twice to send Albion under-23s on the way to Sussex Senior Cup success at the Amex tonight.

The striker’s first-half double was key to a 4-2 win over Worthing, who had led.

Ollie Pearce converted a penalty for the Isthmian League champions after Reece Myles-Meekums was fouled by Jack Hinchy.

But Tolaj, back from a loan stint at Cambridge United and looking very hungry for goals, replied with two fine left-foot finishes.

He crashed a shot high past Harrison Male to level after good build-up by the young Seagulls.

Tolaj then span away from his marker and found a gap between Male and his near post to give Albion a half-time lead.

Jasper Pattenden fired narrowly over as Worthing chased an equaliser early in the second half.

But Albion’s lead was 3-1 on the hour as Cam Peupion finished coolly after being set up by Jack Spong.

Andy Moran turned away from a tackle to add a stylish fourth.

Worthing’s fans in a crowd of 3,087 never stopped singing and saw their side reduce arrears on 82 minutes when Joel Colbran prodded the ball home following a corner.

There was a sombre end to the game with Albion sub Benecio Baker-Boaitey stretchered off clearly in distress after being caught by a clumsy challenge by Pearce. 

Pattenden was sent off seconds from the end for a professional foul on goalbound Albion sub Marcus Ifill just outside the box.