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03 February 2019 Venue The People's Pension Stadium Attendance Referee Ali Ajibola

Kick off 12:30 (UK)

Brighton and Hove Albion Women
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Manchester United Women

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4-2-3-1
  • 19
    Sophie Harris
    GK
  • 8
    Kirsty Barton
    DF
  • 20
    Victoria Williams
    DF
  • 5
    Fern Whelan
    DF
  • 3
    Fliss Gibbons
    DF
  • 4
    Danielle Buet (C)
    MF
  • 14
    Jenna Legg
    MF
  • 7
    Aileen Whelan
    MF
  • 27
    Megan Connolly
    MF
  • 16
    Ellie Brazil
    MF
  • 9
    Ini Umotong
    FW

Substitutes

  • 22
    Laura Hartley
    SUB
  • 10
    Kate Natkiel
    SUB
  • 12
    Chloe Peplow
    SUB
  • 15
    Kayleigh Green
    SUB
  • 18
    Jodie Brett
    SUB
  • 21
    Emily Simpkins
    SUB
  • 26
    Ellie Hack
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Hope Powell

4-3-3
  • 1
    Siobhan Chamberlain
    GK
  • 19
    Kirsty Hanson
    DF
  • 21
    Millie Turner
    DF
  • 4
    Amy Turner
    DF
  • 7
    Ella Toone
    DF
  • 10
    Katie Zelem
    MF
  • 2
    Martha Harris
    MF
  • 3
    Alex Greenwood (C)
    MF
  • 8
    Mollie Green
    FW
  • 9
    Jess Sigsworth
    FW
  • 14
    Charlie Devlin
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Emily Ramsey
    SUB
  • 16
    Lauren James
    SUB
  • 15
    Lucy Roberts
    SUB
  • 17
    Lizzie Arnot
    SUB
  • 20
    Kirsty Smith
    SUB
  • 6
    Aimee Palmer
    SUB
  • 11
    Leah Galton
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Casey Stoney

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Match Previews

WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION BEGIN CUP CAMPAIGN AGAINST MAN UNITED

3 February 2019

Geoff Penn
Ellie Brazil celebrates with Kate Natkiel.

Brighton & Hove Albion get their SSE Women’s FA Cup campaign underway this afternoon as Manchester United visit The People’s Pension Stadium for the fourth round encounter, kick-off 12.30pm.

Today’s match marks the first round of which both teams enter the competition, with clubs from the FA Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship join the ten winners from the third round.

It will be the first time Albion have matched up against the Red Devils, who formed in May 2018 after being awarded a licence to play in the women’s second tier.

Albion will be looking to do better than their campaign last season, where United’s rivals Manchester City knocked out the then second tier Seagulls at the same stage of the competition with a 2-0 win.

Hope Powell’s side will be bolstered by the signing of Republic of Ireland International Megan Connolly, and the midfielder could make her debut after being an unused substitute in Albion’s previous WSL match against Manchester City.

In that match, Albion fell to a 3-0 defeat after City took the lead through a third minute penalty from England international Nikita Parris, before adding a further two goals before the break.

However, an incident during the second goal means the team will be unlikely to be able to call on the services of goalkeeper Marie Hourihan, who limped off injured shortly after it was scored.

But there were positives to take from the match, with the Seagulls defence keeping out the league leader’s efforts to score in the second half, giving them momentum going into the match today.

United have started their inaugural campaign well, winning nine and winning and drawing one apiece in their league campaign. This leaves them fourth in the table, five points off top, but with two games in hand over leaders Tottenham Hotspur and second-placed Charlton Athletic, and three games over Durham in third.

United were also the only Championship side to qualify for the knockout stages of the FA Continental Tyres Cup, finishing top of their group in the process. They then overcame West Ham United in the quarter-final, and will line up against Arsenal on Thursday.

It promises to be an exciting day in Crawley, and it remains to be seen who will be in the hat for Monday’s fifth round draw.

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 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 MANCHESTER UNITED 2

3 February 2019

Geoff Penn
Jenna Legg in action against Manchester United.
  • Albion are beaten 2-0 by Manchester United
  • Lauren James scores twice for United
  • Dani Buet’s second-half penalty is saved
  • The Seagulls return to FAWSL action away at Bristol City next Sunday

 

Brighton & Hove Albion were knocked out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup at the fourth round stage, after a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at The People’s Pension Stadium.

Substitute Lauren James scored twice in an otherwise evenly-contested cup tie, with Siobhan Chamberlain denying Dani Buet from the spot in the second half.
 
Hope Powell made five changes to the side that lost 3-0 against Manchester City last week, which included the introduction of new signing Megan Connolly for her Albion debut.
 
The game started on a cagey note with few clear-cut chances for either side, the first of which fell to United’s Ella Toone, who latched onto Kirsty Hanson’s cross with a volley that was superbly headed clear by Fliss Gibbons.
 
Aileen Whelan made inroads down the right flank and saw her first shot blocked, before her second attempt was headed clear by Martha Harris.
 
Chances were few and far between in a scrappy first half, but Ellie Brazil did almost capitalise on a sloppy back-pass from the United defence, but Chamberlain cleared the ball.
 
Casey Stoney’s side had arguably the best opportunity of the half when Toone showed some neat skill to work her way to the byline and cut the ball back to Charlie Devlin, who fired wide at the near post.
 
Whelan had an opportunity just before the half drew to a close, as she cut in from the right and saw her curling strike go just past the post.
 
Albion switched things round the break with the introduction of Kayleigh Green in place of Ini Umotong, but it was a United substitute that made an almost immediate impact.
 
James replaced Devlin at half time, and the former broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, as she latched onto Jess Sigworth’s cross with a close-range finish.
 
United sought to double their lead with two chances falling in quick succession to Toone and Mollie Green, but both their efforts were blocked.
 
Whelan had another opportunity to restore parity when she was picked out by Kayleigh Green in space, but Chamberlain made a strong two-handed save, before Buet’s follow-up strike went over the bar.
 
Toone had Sophie Harris scrambling to her post down the other end with a shot from distance, but the ball went wide.
 
Whelan had another opportunity to get Albion off the mark, but her close-range strike skimmed the side netting.
 
But the Seagulls were given a lifeline when Millie Turner was penalised for bringing down Green in the box and Powell’s side were awarded a penalty.
 
Buet stepped up to take the spot-kick, but the Seagulls skipper was denied by Chamberlain, who made a two-handed save to her right to maintain United’s slender lead.
 
Aileen’s namesake Fern was next to come close for the hosts, but she headed just over the bar from a corner.
 
But James wrapped up the contest with another close-range finish in stoppage time to end Albion’s cup run at the first hurdle.
 
Powell’s side will now turn their attention back to the FA Women’s Super League with a match away at Bristol City next Sunday.
 
ALBION: Harris; Barton, Williams, F. Whelan, Gibbons; Buet, Legg (Brett 71); A. Whelan, Connolly (Peplow 84), Brazil; Umotong (Green 46).
 
SUBS NOT USED: Hartley (GK), Hack, Simpkins, Natkiel.

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Ticket News

ENJOY AN SSE WOMEN’S FA CUP DOUBLE HEADER!

15 January 2019

Geoff Penn
The SSE Women's FA Cup
Brighton & Hove Albion fans can enjoy a feast of SSE Women’s FA Cup football on Sunday 3rd February, with both Arsenal and Manchester United set to play in Sussex on the same day.
 
Albion’s fourth round tie against Manchester United at The People’s Pension Stadium has been brought forward to a 12.30pm kick-off, allowing fans to make the short journey to Tinsley Lane and see Crawley Wasps host Arsenal at 3pm.
 
Albion v Manchester United, The People’s Pension Stadium, kick-off 12.30pm
 
All Albion FA Women’s Super League season ticket holders will be able gain free entry to the game by presenting their cards at the turnstiles. WSL season ticket holders can also purchase an additional three tickets at just £1 each, all when booked in advance. Just log in to your account online and select the relevant options.
 
The full list of advance ticket prices for non-season ticket holders (including booking fee) can be found below.
 
Category Price
Adults £7
Under-21s/ Over-65s £6
Under-18s £5
Under-10s £3

Tickets can be purchased in advance now at BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/tickets or via the Albion booking line on 0844 327 1901 (calls cost seven pence per minute plus your network access charge).

Click here to view the prices for the Crawley Wasps v Arsenal match.

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