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20 April 2019 Venue Madejski Stadium Attendance Referee Amy Fearn

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Reading FC Women
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Brighton and Hove Albion Women

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Grace Moloney
    GK
  • 3
    Maz Pacheco
    DF
  • 4
    Fara Williams
    MF
  • 5
    Molly Bartrip
    DF
  • 6
    Kirsty Pearce
    DF
  • 7
    Rachel Furness
    MF
  • 8
    Remi Allen
    MF
  • 10
    Lauren Bruton
    FW
  • 11
    Natasha Harding
    DF
  • 14
    Millie Farrow
    MF
  • 18
    Jade Moore
    MF

Substitutes

  • 27
    Rachel Laws
    SUB
  • 2
    Rebecca Jane
    SUB
  • 9
    Gemma Davison
    SUB
  • 16
    Jade Bailey
    SUB
  • 17
    Charlie Estcourt
    SUB
  • 26
    Sophie Howard
    SUB
  • 28
    Lily Woodham
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kelly Chambers

4-3-3
  • 1
    Marie Hourihan
    GK
  • 3
    Fliss Gibbons
    DF
  • 4
    Danielle Buet (C)
    DF
  • 5
    Fern Whelan
    DF
  • 7
    Aileen Whelan
    FW
  • 8
    Kirsty Barton
    DF
  • 9
    Ini Umotong
    FW
  • 10
    Kate Natkiel
    FW
  • 12
    Chloe Peplow
    MF
  • 15
    Kayleigh Green
    MF
  • 27
    Megan Connolly
    MF

Substitutes

  • 22
    Laura Hartley
    SUB
  • 2
    Beth Roe
    SUB
  • 11
    Amanda Nilden
    SUB
  • 21
    Emily Simpkins
    SUB
  • 23
    Maya Le Tissier
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Hope Powell

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Match Previews

WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION HEAD TO THE MADEJSKI STADIUM

20 April 2019

Geoff Penn
Ellie Brazil.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to FA Women’s Super League action this afternoon when the team take on Reading at the Madejski Stadium, kick-off 1pm.

Hope Powell’s side will take to the field again after a one-month break, and will look for a positive start to their final three matches of the season after having their top-flight status confirmed for a second season following Yeovil Town’s relegation.

In their last match on the 13th March against Yeovil, a Victoria Williams header gave Albion the lead before Ellie Mason's equaliser pegged back the Seagulls.

Albion had chances late on, with the most notable coming from Ini Umotong, who fired against the post in the last minute, but despite coming close, the points were shared.

In contrast, Reading head into this match having played their most recent fixture on Wednesday, also against the relegated Glovers, and comfortably won the match 5-0.

Goals from England international Fara Williams, Lauren Bruton (2) and Millie Farrow (2) captured the three points for the Royals, who enhanced their claims for a top five finish.

In the previous meeting between the teams earlier this season, the Royals overcame the Seagulls at the People’s Pension Stadium in Crawley.

An unfortunate own goal from Marie Hourihan – after the ball hit the post and ricocheted in off her back – gave Reading the lead, which Brooke Chaplen doubled just before the hour mark.

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Albion forward Aileen Whelan pulled a goal back just minutes later, but Fara Williams and Gemma Davison were on target to secure a 4-1 victory for the Royals.

The current FA WSL standings have Reading placed in sixth, just one point behind fifth-placed Bristol City, with Albion in ninth place, three points behind Liverpool and four clear of Everton who lie in tenth.

Albion supporters can follow the match via a live text blog on the Match Centre, with a match report and reaction to follow.

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Match Reports

WOMEN REPORT: NARROW DEFEAT AT THE MADEJSKI

20 April 2019

Neil Graham
Chloe Peplow challenges for the ball.
  • Albion lose 1-0 to Reading at the Madejski Stadium
  • Rachel Furness scores the only goal of the match for the Royals
  • Kirsty Barton hits the crossbar for Albion
  • The Seagulls are next in action on Sunday 28th April against Arsenal at the Amex.

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 1-0 defeat against Reading in the FA Women’s Super League.

Rachel Furness scored the all-important strike to secure the three points, and despite their best efforts, including Kirsty Barton hitting the crossbar, Albion couldn’t quite find the equaliser.

Manager Hope Powell gave Nigeria striker Ini Umotong the nod up front and once again paired captain Dani Buet with Fern Whelan in the centre of defence.

Reading came firing out of the blocks  in the first two minutes and created the game's first opportunity from a free-kick in a dangerous position.

England international Fara Williams clipped in the ball over the Seagulls defence and was able to find Remi Allen, but the midfielder could only poke the ball wide of onrushing goalkeeper Marie Hourihan’s net.

Albion responded almost immediately with their first chance of the game. Kate Natkiel found yards of space on the right-hand side and crossed the ball in for Aileen Whelan, but she couldn’t direct her header on target.

Reading midfielder Rachel Furness showed good agility from another set-piece, but her improvised overhead kick was straight at Hourihan.

The Royals then came within inches of finding a fortuitous opener. Another Williams set-piece caused danger in the Seagulls penalty area, and the ball deflected off Fern Whelan, but luckily the ball cannoned back off the crossbar and the defence cleared the attack.

On the half-hour mark, Albion created a good chance of their own. Kate Natkiel again crossed for Aileen Whelan, but the forward couldn’t get the ball out of her feet and Grace Moloney in the Reading goal was able to smother the ball out of danger and her defence cleared the ball away.

The Seagulls were once again one ball away from carving out a good opportunity. Natkiel, Chloe Peplow and Megan Connolly all combined well to break away from a Reading corner, but Peplow just over hit the final ball to Republic of Ireland international, Connolly.

Just before half time, Reading forward Millie Farrow was sent clean through on goal by Lauren Bruton, and powered clean through towards Hourihan. But just as it seemed as though she was destined to score, her effort was fired wide of the post.

Reading stepped out for the second half with intent and with less than four minutes played, they found themselves in the lead.

A Royals attack broke to  Furness on the edge of the penalty area, and she stroked in a left-footed finish past an outstretched Hourihan into the bottom-right corner.

Albion responded well and had a chance to equalise minutes later. The lively Aileen Whelan skipped past the Reading defence into the penalty area, but she could only drag her right-footed effort wide from a tough angle.

Just after the hour mark, Reading squandered a glorious chance to double their lead. A defence-splitting pass by Laura Bruton released Allen, but her side-foot finish was inaccurate and flew wide of the goal.

With the match approaching the final quarter, right-back Kirsty Barton came close toy restoring parity. After an excellent run down the left from Kayleigh Green, the ball broke for Barton who fired a dipping 20-yard strike against the crossbar.

Albion kept pushing and as the clock hit 80 minutes a low cross found  Green, but with a plethora of Reading defenders around her, as well as goalkeeper Grace Moloney, the ball was blocked away.

Reading then managed the game well to ensure they didn’t concede again to move above Bristol City in to fifth place for at least 24 hours.

Hope Powell’s side can now focus on next week’s match against title-chasers Arsenal which is taking place at the Amex on Sunday 28th April, kick-off 12.15pm.

ALBION: Hourihan; Barton, Buet, F. Whelan, Gibbons; Peplow (Simpkins 65), Connolly, Green; Natkiel, Umotong (Le Tissier 58), A. Whelan.

SUBS NOT USED: Hartley (GK), Roe, Nilden.

Tickets are available to purchase for Albion’s final home FA Women’s Super League match at the Amex on Sunday 28th April, kick-off 12.15pm. Adults are priced at just £3 and juniors are £1. Visit BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/tickets to buy yours.

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