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FA WSL Continental Cup

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5 December 2018

Geoff Penn
Jodie Brett, Ellie Brazil and Kate Natkiel celebrate.

Brighton & Hove Albion take on Crystal Palace for the second time in two days, as Hope Powell’s side take on the Eagles in the FA Continental Tyres League Cup Group 1 South.

This match is the first the Seagulls have played in the competition since September, after playing three of their first four games of the season in the cup.

The side opened the season with a spirited performance, but ultimately on the losing side in a 3-1 defeat against Chelsea.

One week later, the Seagulls travelled to FA Women’s Championship team Tottenham Hotspur, and the hosts took a shock 2-0 lead, but Albion fought back well to level in the 90th minute through Ini Umotong’s header.

The rules of the competition’s group stage state that matches ending in a draw must go to a penalty shootout, with the winner receiving two points and the losers receiving one point.

After an epic shootout, which went to each goalkeeper taking a spot-kick, Albion’s Lucy Gillett hit her effort over the bar and the Seagulls lost out 10-9.

The Seagulls were finally successful in their third and most recent match against another second tier opponent, London Bees, with goals from Ellie Brazil, Aileen Whelan and Ini Umotong providing a 3-1 win.

The opposition for today have had mixed results of their own in the competition. The Eagles kicked off their campaign against Tottenham Hotspur, also drawing with their London rivals after 90 minutes. However, they were able to overcome them in the penalty shootout to earn the extra bonus point.

A solid 1-0 victory over FA Women’s Super League side Yeovil followed, but Palace were overcome 4-0 by Chelsea in their most recent match.

All this action in the cup means that Crystal Palace lie one point and one place above Albion in third and fourth respectively. With only the top two to qualify, a good result for either team would go a long way to reaching that aim.

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


5 December 2018

Geoff Penn
Fliss Gibbons celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace.
  • Sophie Perry, Kate Natkiel (2), Jodie Brett and Fliss Gibbons all on target
  • Abigail Mason and Maya Le Tissier make their debuts
  • Chloe Burr scores for Palace
  • The Seagulls are next in action against Chelsea on Sunday


Brighton & Hove Albion kept their FA Continental Tyres Cup hopes alive with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Crystal Palace at the Broadfield Stadium.
Kate Natkiel’s brace along with a goal each from Sophie Perry, Jodie Brett and Fliss Gibbons gave Albion a convincing win to ensure they remain within a shout of progressing through to the knockout stages.
Albion created their first chance inside 20 seconds when Natkiel was found in space deep inside the box, but she fired her close-range effort straight at Shannell Salgado.
The deadlock was broken in the 12th minute courtesy of Perry, who saw her first shot saved by Salgado before firing home on the rebound.
Perry had a golden opportunity to double Albion’s lead just moments later, but fired wide at the far post following Natkiel’s cross from the right flank.
Ellie Brazil then raced forward on goal with just Salgado left beat, but was tackled at the last moment by Megan Chandler.
Palace struggled to make any inroads towards the Albion goal, but Andrea Georgiou gave Lucy Gillett something to think about with her shot from distance that had the Seagulls shot-stopper scrambling towards her right post.
Albion broke forward against the Palace defence at will, as Brazil raced forward after being played through on goal by Emily Simpkins, only to see her effort go over the bar.
Powell’s side doubled their lead with 38 minutes played courtesy of Natkiel, whose first strike was saved before the forward scored at the second attempt on the rebound.
It was three just a couple of minutes later, this time through Brett, who raced through one-v-one with Salgado, and clinically fired home.
The Palace defence couldn’t cope with Albion’s pace upfront, and this time Simpkins was allowed to dart through on goal and saw her resulting effort go wide.
Natkiel put the result beyond all doubt with 64 minutes played, as she showed brilliant composure inside the box to curl a left-footed strike beyond Salgado’s reach.
The Seagulls got a fifth goal in the 72nd minute thanks to Gibbons, who displayed some brilliant persistence to make a driving run from defence and shot past Salgado.
Aileen Whelan was introduced from the bench in place of Brazil and almost got her name on the scoresheet straight away, but her curling strike was superbly pushed away by Salgado.
Burr almost got a stunning consolation goal when her curling strike cannoned off the crossbar, in what was the closest Palace had come to scoring all game up to that point.
But Burr wasn’t to be denied moments later and gave the visitors the last word, after slotting home from close range to make it 5-1 with 85 minutes played.
The game finished 5-1 and Albion head into their final Continental Cup match away at Yeovil Town next Wednesday still in contention of claiming a place in the knockout stages.
ALBION: Gillett; Mason, Rafferty (Williams 86), Le Tissier, Gibbons; Simpkins, Legg, Brett; Natkiel, Brazil (A.Whelan 69), Perry.
SUBS NOT USED: Harris (GK), Barton, Peplow, Umotong, Green.

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