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20 February 2019 Venue The People's Pension Stadium Attendance Referee Abigail Marriott

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

Brighton and Hove Albion Women
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Birmingham City Women

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3-4-3
  • 19
    Sophie Harris
    GK
  • 20
    Victoria Williams
    DF
  • 5
    Fern Whelan
    DF
  • 3
    Fliss Gibbons
    DF
  • 7
    Aileen Whelan
    MF
  • 4
    Danielle Buet (C)
    MF
  • 27
    Megan Connolly
    MF
  • 21
    Emily Simpkins
    MF
  • 15
    Kayleigh Green
    FW
  • 9
    Ini Umotong
    FW
  • 16
    Ellie Brazil
    FW

Substitutes

  • 1
    Marie Hourihan
    SUB
  • 2
    Beth Roe
    SUB
  • 8
    Kirsty Barton
    SUB
  • 10
    Kate Natkiel
    SUB
  • 11
    Amanda Nilden
    SUB
  • 12
    Chloe Peplow
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Hope Powell

4-4-2
  • 29
    Hannah Hampton
    GK
  • 2
    Paige Williams
    DF
  • 4
    Hayley Ladd
    DF
  • 6
    Kerys Harrop (C)
    DF
  • 8
    Sarah Mayling
    MF
  • 13
    Marisa Ewers
    MF
  • 14
    Emma Follis
    MF
  • 15
    Charlie Wellings
    MF
  • 25
    Aoife Mannion
    FW
  • 9
    Ellen White
    FW
  • 37
    Lucy Staniforth
    SUB

Substitutes

  • 1
    Alex Brooks
    SUB
  • 3
    Meaghan Sargeant
    SUB
  • 7
    Chloe Arthur
    SUB
  • 11
    Lucy Quinn
    SUB
  • 18
    Connie Schofield
    SUB
  • 20
    Claudia Walker
    SUB
  • 23
    Harriet Scott
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Marta Tejedor

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Match Previews

WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION TAKE ON HIGH-FLYING BIRMINGHAM

20 February 2019

Geoff Penn
Kate Natkiel in action against Birmingham City earlier this season.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to FA Women’s Super League action following a ten-day break this evening, when they face Birmingham City at The People’s Pension Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm.

Hope Powell’s side will be looking to maintain their improved run of league form since the start of the year, which has seen the team pick up five points from four matches, alongside three clean sheets.

Last time out, Albion faced an in-form Bristol City side who were unbeaten in their previous seven matches, which also included an impressive goalless draw against Manchester City.

The match at Stoke Gifford Stadium was also a 0-0 draw, but it was an encouraging performance from the Seagulls. 

Nigeria international Ini Umotong hit the crossbar, while Victoria Williams had a header cleared off the line from a corner, as the game ended goalless.

In contrast, Birmingham City were in action just three days ago as they took on fellow FA WSL side Reading in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

Despite Aoife Mannion’s penalty draw Birmingham level after Kirsty Pearce had put the Royals ahead, Rakel Honnudottir ensured that it was Reading who progressed to next month’s quarter-finals.

In their last league outing, Birmingham recorded an impressive 3-2 victory against current FA WSL holders Chelsea, as England international Ellen White scored a stoppage-time winner.

When the two teams met earlier in the season, Albion were narrowly defeated 1-0 after another Mannion penalty proved to be the difference between the two sides.

This all means that Albion remain in ninth place, six points ahead of bottom placed Yeovil Town, while Birmingham lie in fourth place, seven points off leaders Chelsea.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog on the Match Centre and updates on the club’s Twitter handle @officialbhafc, with a match report and reaction to follow.

Tickets will be able to be purchased on the turnstiles at tonight’s fixture, priced at £10 for adults, £8 for over-65s/under-21s, £7 for under-18s and £4 for under-10s.

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Match Reports

WOMEN REPORT: ALBION 2 BIRMINGHAM CITY 1

20 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Ellie Brazil celebrates scoring against Birmingham City.
  • Albion beat Birmingham City 2-1
  • Kayleigh Green and Ellie Brazil on target for Albion
  • Ellen White scores for Birmingham
  • The Seagulls move nine points clear of the foot of the table

Brighton & Hove Albion secured their third league win of the season, as they recovered from a goal down to claim an impressive 2-1 victory over high-flying Birmingham City at the People’s Pension Stadium.

Ellen White gave the Blues the lead, but the Seagulls responded through Kayleigh Green’s first Albion goal and Ellie Brazil, who headed home against her former club.
 
Hope Powell made two changes to the side that drew with Bristol City ten days ago, with Brazil and Emily Simpkins replacing Chloe Peplow and Kirsty Barton in the starting line-up.
 
City had the first chance of the game when White headed wide from Lucy Staniforth’s corner, before Albion had an opportunity of their own - Green firing wide from a tight angle.
 
After a largely uneventful opening 25 minutes, Birmingham took the lead when England international White latched on to Staniforth’s chipped ball over the Albion defence and saw her shot squirm past Sophie Harris.
 
Their lead lasted just four minutes though, as Green headed in Fliss Gibbons's fine in-swinging cross.
 
Ini Umotong then came within inches of handing the Seagulls the lead after she worked her way into space, but saw her shot cannon off the crossbar.
 
The Nigeria international did have the ball in the back of the net moments later though, but her effort was ruled out for offside.
 
The tempo of the game really began to pick up and the visitors had a golden chance to re-take the lead when Staniforth’s header took a nick off Gibbons before hitting the post.
 
White then had a brilliant opportunity to score her second after reacting to Fern Whelan’s clearance, but she blazed her effort over the bar.
 
Charlie Wellings had the first chance of note after the break for the Blues, but shot straight at Harris after getting the better of Dani Buet in the box.
 
Albion looked to break on the counter-attack, with Brazil racing forward down the left flank, but she was thwarted by Aoife Mannion’s superb last-ditch challenge.
 
However, Brazil wasn’t to be denied as she rose highest in the box to meet Megan Connolly’s corner on 72 minutes.
 
There was still time for one final scare in stoppage time, as Claudia Walker’s shot was parried by Harris into the path of Chloe Arthur, but the Seagulls shot-stopper made another save.
 
Albion held on to secure a hard-fought win and move nine points clear of Yeovil Town at the foot of the table.
 
ALBION:
Harris; Williams, F. Whelan, Buet, Gibbons; Brazil, Simpkins, Connolly; A. Whelan (Peplow 90+2), Umotong (Natkiel 68), Green (Nilden 87).
 
SUBS NOT USED:
Hourihan (GK), Roe, Barton.

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