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04 February 2018 Venue Sussex County FA Headquarters Attendance 1,372 Referee Michael Lowe

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies
0 - 2
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Manchester City Women

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4-5-1
  • 1
    Lucy Gillett
    GK
  • 18
    Bethan Roe
    DF
  • 15
    Fern Whelan
    DF
  • 5
    Laura Rafferty
    DF
  • 3
    Sophie Perry (C)
    DF
  • 16
    Aileen Whelan
    MF
  • 4
    Danielle Buet
    MF
  • 8
    Kirsty Barton
    MF
  • 35
    Chloe Peplow
    MF
  • 11
    Fliss Gibbons
    MF
  • 9
    Ini Umotong
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Chloe Sansom
    SUB
  • 6
    Vicky Ashton-Jones
    SUB
  • 10
    Kate Natkiel
    SUB
  • 14
    Jenna Legg
    SUB
  • 34
    Amanda Nilden
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Hope Powell

4-3-3
  • 26
    Ellie Roebuck
    GK
  • 23
    Abbie McManus
    DF
  • 2
    Mie Jans
    DF
  • 5
    Jennifer Beattie
    DF
  • 3
    Demi Stokes
    DF
  • 8
    Jill Scott (C)
    MF
  • 24
    Keira Walsh
    MF
  • 11
    Isobel Christiansen
    MF
  • 22
    Claire Emslie
    FW
  • 16
    Jane Ross
    FW
  • 7
    Melissa Lawley
    FW

Substitutes

  • 88
    Fran Bentley
    SUB
  • 10
    Nadia Nadim
    SUB
  • 12
    Georgia Stanway
    SUB
  • 14
    Esme Morgan
    SUB
  • 17
    Nikita Parris
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Nick Cushing

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Match Reports

WOMEN REPORT: ALBION 0 MANCHESTER CITY 2

4 February 2018

Geoff Penn
Kirsty Barton in action against Manchester City.
  • Albion are knocked out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup
  • Isobel Christiansen and Claire Emslie on target for Manchester City
  • Danielle Buet and Ini Umotong come closest to scoring for Albion
  • The Seagulls return to FA WSL 2 action against London Bees next week

Brighton & Hove Albion were knocked out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup after a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in a spirited performance at Culver Road.

The Sussex County FA Headquarters was packed to the rafters with 1,372 fans inside the ground, as Albion acquitted themselves well against the current FA Cup holders and FA WSL 1 league leaders.

But despite their endeavour, goals from Isobel Christiansen and Claire Emslie in each half were enough to see the Citizens progress to round five, leaving Albion to focus on their FA WSL 2 campaign.

Albion had the first chance of the game when Sophie Perry teed up Danielle Buet from the left-hand side, but the midfielder fired wide from the edge of the box.

Christiansen worked the first opening for City when her free-kick was blocked by the wall and although the loose ball almost fell kindly for Jill Scott, Albion cleared the danger.

Christiansen was involved in the thick of the action again moments later, delivering an enticing cross towards an unmarked Jennifer Beattie, who headed straight at Lucy Gillett.

Gillett then did well to keep the score on level terms with a fine two-handed stop to keep out Christiansen’s strike.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic though; Albion broke forward quickly on the counter-attack, leading to another chance for Buet, who fired over the target with another fierce strike.

Christiansen was arguably City’s chief protagonist in the first half, and Beth Roe made a superb clearance on the line to keep out her goalbound effort.

But it was Emslie who came closest to breaking the deadlock for Nick Cushing’s side, as she cut in off the left flank and saw her looping strike clip the top of the crossbar with Gillet rooted to the spot.

The visitors continued to apply the pressure, with Perry on hand to make a clearance at the far post.

It looked like the two sides would be heading in at the break on level terms, but Christiansen put the holders in front on the stroke of half time when she fired home from inside the box.

Ini Umotong had a chance to bring Albion level shortly after the restart when she raced
one-on-one with Ellie Roebuck, but her shot went inches wide of the far post.

The Nigerian international then turned provider for Kirsty Barton, threading through a delightful pass to Albion's number eight, who in turn forced Roebuck into a low save.

Melissa Lawley then showed some neat footwork down the other end for City, as she weaved her way in from the left, only to see her shot go over the bar.

It was City who struck next though through Emslie, with her close-range effort squirming past Gillett at the near post with 68 minutes played.

Albion still attempted to make inroads into the City defence, but Perry saw a shot deflected wide.

Substitute Nadia Nadim almost added a third for City late on, but her curling effort went wide and the game finished 2-0.

ALBION: Gillett; Roe, F. Whelan, Rafferty, Perry; A. Whelan, Buet (Legg 64), Barton, Peplow, Gibbons (Nilden 45); Umotong (Natkiel 87).

SUBS NOT USED: Sansom (GK), Ashton-Jones.

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Ticket News

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR MANCHESTER CITY CUP CLASH

30 January 2018

Geoff Penn
Tickets are still available for Sunday's game against Manchester City

Tickets are still available for Brighton & Hove Albion's SSE Women's FA Cup fourth round tie against Manchester City at Culver Road, with the game kicking off at 2pm on Sunday 4th February.

Albion, who currently sit in fourth place in FA WSL 2, face a Manchester City side who have 17 wins to their name from 17 games in all competitions.

Advance ticket pricing

Adults £6
Under-16s/Over-65s £3

On the gate pricing

Adults £10
Under-16s/Over-65s £5

Advanced tickets for this game can be purchased, one per FAN number, at seagullstickets.com and are available until 2pm on Thursday 1st February. After this deadline, purchasing on the day at an extra cost will be the only way supporters can obtain a ticket.

Season-ticket holders for FA WSL 2 fixtures at Culver Road are reminded that cup fixtures are not included as part of their season-ticket package.

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