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09 December 2018 Venue Broadfield Stadium Attendance Referee David Rick

Kick off 14:30 (UK)

Brighton and Hove Albion Women
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Chelsea FC Women

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Marie Hourihan
    GK
  • 3
    Fliss Gibbons
    DF
  • 6
    Laura Rafferty (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Aileen Whelan
    MF
  • 8
    Kirsty Barton
    DF
  • 9
    Ini Umotong
    FW
  • 12
    Chloe Peplow
    MF
  • 15
    Kayleigh Green
    MF
  • 16
    Ellie Brazil
    FW
  • 20
    Victoria Williams
    DF
  • 23
    Maya Le Tissier
    MF

Substitutes

  • 13
    Lucy Gillett
    SUB
  • 4
    Dani Buet
    SUB
  • 10
    Kate Natkiel
    SUB
  • 14
    Jenna Legg
    SUB
  • 17
    Sophie Perry
    SUB
  • 18
    Jodie Brett
    SUB
  • 21
    Emily Simpkins
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Hope Powell

4-4-2
  • 1
    Hedvig Lindahl
    GK
  • 3
    Hannah Blundell
    DF
  • 4
    Millie Bright
    DF
  • 5
    Sophie Ingle
    MF
  • 8
    Karen Carney (C)
    MF
  • 10
    So Yun Ji
    MF
  • 16
    Magdalena Eriksson
    DF
  • 20
    Jonna Andersson
    DF
  • 22
    Erin Cuthbert
    FW
  • 23
    Ramona Bachmann
    FW
  • 24
    Drew Spence
    MF

Substitutes

  • 7
    Jess Carter
    SUB
  • 11
    Ali Riley
    SUB
  • 15
    Bethany England
    SUB
  • 17
    Adelina Engman
    SUB
  • 21
    Deanna Cooper
    SUB
  • 25
    Jade Bailey
    SUB
  • 28
    Carly Telford
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Emma Hayes

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Match Previews

WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION V CHELSEA

9 December 2018

Geoff Penn
Sophie Perry celebrates her goal against Crystal Palace.

Brighton & Hove Albion take on current FA Women’s Super League and SSE Women’s FA Cup Holders Chelsea this afternoon, kick off 2.30pm.

The London side are familiar foes for the Seagulls this season, having already played each other twice – once in the season opening FA Continental Tyres League Cup fixture and once in the FA Women’s Super League.

On each occasion Chelsea have overcome Albion, firstly claiming a 3-1 victory in the Continental Tyres Cup, with Aileen Whelan getting on the scoresheet for the Seagulls. The Blues then ran out 2-0 winners in the league encounter in September.

Each side head into the match on the back of big Continental Tyres Cup wins in midweek. Chelsea dispatched Yeovil 7-0, with Albion overcoming rivals Crystal Palace 5-1 at the Broadfield Stadium.

Goals from Sophie Perry, Kate Natkiel (2), Jodie Brett and Fliss Gibbons secured the three points and moved the Seagulls up to second place in the group, with today’s opponents Chelsea the only team above them in Group One South. The top teams will  qualify for the knockout stages.

 

Most recently in the FA WSL, Albion suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat against fellow league newcomers West Ham United, with Jane Ross’s glancing header proving to be the difference between the two sides.

There was also just the one goal in Chelsea’s last league match when they faced Reading at Kingsmeadow. Emma Hayes’s side were the winning side, thanks to Ji So-Yun's second-half strike.

After the most recent round of league matches, Albion find themselves in tenth place on four points, whilst today’s visitors sit fourth on 19 points.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog on the Match Centre, with a match report to go online shortly after the full-time whistle.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the turnstiles at a price of £10 for adults and £4 for under-10s.

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Match Reports

WOMEN REPORT: ALBION 0 CHELSEA 4

9 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Maya Le Tissier carries the ball forward against Chelsea.
  • Albion are beaten 4-0 by Chelsea
  • Bethany England (2), Magdalena Eriksson and So Yun Ji score for the Blues
  • Ellie Brazil hits the post for Hope Powell's team
  • The Seagulls play Yeovil Town away on Wednesday

Despite an encouraging display against Chelsea at the Broadfield Stadium, Brighton & Hove Albion were undone by four second-half goals to lose 4-0 in the FA Women’s Super League.

The Seagulls held their London opponents until the 65th minute, but strikes from Magdalena Eriksson, So Yun Ji and a brace from Bethany England sealed the points for the Blues.

It was almost a nightmare start of the Seagulls when Ji fired towards goal inside the opening minutes of the match, but Marie Hourihan excellently tipped the South Korean’s shot onto the crossbar and reacted quickly to gather the ball.

Albion grew into the game and created two chances of their own, both through Aileen Whelan, but the winger’s first effort was comfortably saved by Hedvig Lindahl, before her glancing header from Ini Umotong’s cross dropped wide.

Hope Powell’s side held their shape well but were almost undone by a Chelsea set-piece, when Karen Carney’s corner found Sophie Ingle at the back post and the midfielder’s half-volley crashed back off the crossbar.

Hourihan then made a simple stop to deny Ingle’s close-range effort, before Umotong raced in behind Chelsea’s defensive line and tested Lindahl with a firm strike at the goalkeeper’s near post.

Drew Spence headed wide from another Carney corner just before the break, and the Seagulls were able to keep the game on level terms after a disciplined first-half performance.

The teams returned and Hourihan was forced into action straight away, saving Erin Cuthbert’s low effort with her feet, before Whelan drilled a powerful shot into the hands of Lindahl up the other end.

Albion came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock just after the hour mark, when Whelan slipped a pass through for Ellie Brazil, but the forward’s firm shot cannoned back off the post.

No sooner had Albion almost put themselves ahead, they found themselves behind, and it was Eriksson who cleverly flicked on Carney’s free-kick delivery to find the back of the net.

It proved the start of an 11-minute onslaught from the Blues, as England headed home from Ji’s cross to the back post, before the South Korean also got her name on the scoresheet to make it 3-0.

There was still time for a fourth Chelsea goal in stoppage time, with England converting her second of the game from inside the box, as the Seagulls learned a harsh second-half lesson on home soil.

ALBION: Hourihan; Barton, Rafferty, Williams, Gibbons; Brazil (Buet 64), Green, Peplow (Brett 79), Le Tissier, A.Whelan; Umotong.

Subs not used: Gillett (GK), Perry, Legg, Simpkins, Natkiel.

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