- Albion begin their FA WSL Continental Cup campaign with a win
- Fliss Gibbons, Ini Umotong and Kate Natkiel (2) on target
- Goalkeeper Laura Hartley comes on to make her first-team debut
- Paige Sawyer and Kayleigh Green score late on for Yeovil
Brighton & Hove Albion began their FA WSL Continental Cup campaign on a winning note, with a 4-2 victory over Yeovil Town at Culver Road.
Manager Hope Powell made four changes to the side that lost 4-3 to Millwall on Sunday, as Lucy Gillett, Amelia Ritchie, Jenna Legg and Kate Natkiel all came into the side.
Yeovil made eight changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Sunderland in FA WSL 1 on Sunday, with six players getting their first starts of the season.
Albion started the match on the front foot and could have broken the deadlock after just five minutes through Ini Umotong, whose shot forced a low save from Laura Sullivan following Danielle Buet’s initial free kick.
Umotong had an even better chance just moments later, as her header from a Fliss Gibbons cross cannoned off the bar.
Buet then caused panic amongst the Yeovil defence, with O’Sullivan’s weak punched clearance resulting in a goalmouth scramble, before the loose ball was fired wide.
The Seagulls got the goal that their dominance deserved with 28 minutes on the clock, as Gibbons nodded home Sophie Perry’s corner at the near post.
Natkiel came close to doubling Albion’s advantage from Aileen Whelan’s ball from the right-hand side, but she fired wide of the left post.
Whelan then came close herself with a close-range header after some brilliant work from Bethan Roe down the right flank.
But Powell’s side finally extended their lead on 42 minutes when Umotong coolly rounded O’Sullivan to fire the ball into an empty net.
A third goal came just two minutes later, courtesy of Natkiel, who latched onto Roe’s brilliant through ball and fired past O’Sullivan to pile further misery on Yeovil.
The Seagulls were keen to continue their momentum after the re-start, as Umotong’s first-time effort was saved by O’Sullivan.
The Nigerian international came close again, flashing a header wide from Perry’s corner, but Albion’s fourth goal eventually came in emphatic fashion, courtesy of Natkiel.
The forward scored arguably the pick of the goals with 20 minutes left, with a sensational left-footed strike that nestled into the top corner.
Chances were few and far between for the visitors, but Kayleigh Green almost pulled one back with Lucy Gillett off her line, but her attempted lob went wide.
Yeovil did, however, net twice late on to make the scores more respectable, with Paige Sawyer and Green firing past substitute keeper Laura Hartley to make the final score 4-2.
ALBION: Gillett (Hartley 76); Roe, Ritchie, Rafferty, Perry; A. Whelan, Buet (Barton 46), Legg, Gibbons; Umotong, Natkiel (Taylor 71).
SUBS NOT USED: Sansom (GK), Somes, Thomas.