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10 January 2019

Geoff Penn
Albion players celebrate Fliss Gibbons' goal.

Brighton & Hove Albion will look to battle the odds and reach the semi-finals of the FA Continental Tyres League Cup this evening, kick-off 7pm.

Hope Powell’s side travel to the Academy Stadium for the quarter-final clash against two-time winners Manchester City.

Both teams reached this stage of the competition after finishing in the top two of their respective groups.

After a slow start to the competition, losing out to Chelsea 3-1 on matchday one, before defeat on penalties following a 2-2 draw against Women’s Championship side Tottenham Hostpur, Albion claimed their first win of the season in this competition after getting the better of London Bees 3-1.

Albion then secured their place in the knockout stages by winning their final two group stage matches, overcoming rivals Crystal Palace 5-1 at home, before travelling to Yeovil one week later and defeating the Glovers 4-1 to claim their first away win in all competitions this season.

Those results meant Albion finished as runners-up to Group 1 South winners, Chelsea.

This evening's opponents Manchester City head into this match having finished the group stages unbeaten, keeping a clean sheet in all five of their group stage matches.

The Citizens opened their campaign against Birmingham City, drawing 0-0 before winning on penalties – the only time they dropped points. Wins over Bristol City, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Leicester City followed and ensured a first place finish and a home quarter-final draw.

The teams have met once so far this season, with City claiming victory in an FA Women’s Super League encounter.

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.

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10 January 2019

Geoff Penn
Ini Umotong holds off Jill Scott's challenge.
  • Nikita Parris gives Manchester City the lead
  • Dani Buet equalises minutes later from the penalty spot
  • Further goals from Lauren Hemp (2), Caroline Weir, Georgia Stanway, Claire Emslie and Janine Beckie  secure the hosts a semi-final spot
  • Albion’s next match is against Everton in the FA Women’s Super League this Sunday

Brighton & Hove Albion women bowed out of the FA Continental Tyres Cup following a 7-1 defeat at Manchester City.

Manager Hope Powell was absent from the sidelines for the match due to illness, with assistant manager Amy Merricks taking the reins.

With an important league match against Everton just three days away, the Seagulls took the chance to rotate personnel, with Sophie Harris, Jenna Legg, Kate Natkiel and Sophie Perry all starting.

Neither team managed to stamp their mark on the early stages but it was City who took the lead on six minutes when England international Nikita Parris broke clear of the Albion backline and dinked the ball over the onrushing Harris.

Albion didn’t let their heads drop and just a couple of minutes later Chloe Peplow whipped in a free-kick that fell to Ini Umotong inside the penalty area. The Nigeria international looked as though she had spurned her opportunity, but as the ball was rolling out of play, City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley brought her down.

Captain Dani Buet stepped up to take the resulting penalty kick and dispatched the ball low to the keeper’s right.

The hosts then started to assert their dominance, as two very good chances came in quick succession.

Firstly, Harris did well to turn Parris’s well-struck 18-yard effort over the bar, before Lauren Hemp fired over from six yards.

Hemp’s endeavour was finally rewarded on 24 minutes when Perry couldn’t clear her lines, and the City forward was on hand to fire low past Harris.

City then pressed on in search of a third, with Hemp’s header clearing the crossbar while Harris had to produce another good stop to deny Parris.

Albion’s best chance came when Natkiel was released down the right wing by Aileen Whelan, but her resulting cross fell too far in front of Emily Simpkins.

The fog then began to descend up on the stadium, limiting visibility for both teams as the referee brought the half to a close.

Harris was once again in action following the re-start, denying Claire Emslie’s tame effort, before Parris almost scored a second as she headed a cross wide.

Changes were made after 52 minutes, with Kayleigh Green replacing Peplow and goalscorer Buet giving way to Ellie Hack – making her debut for the first team.

On 59 minutes, City made their dominance count as Scottish international Caroline Weir thundered in an unstoppable strike from 20 yards, leaving Harris with no chance.

Albion struggled to break down their opponents in the second half, and their only chance of note was Whelan’s 70th minute drive, which fell straight into the hands of Bardsley.

The Citizens created several chances to extend their lead, mostly from low crosses out wide, and eventually got their reward with four late goals. Firstly Hemp secured her second of the game with a well-placed shot past Harris.

Emslie then cut in from the left to score with a curling effort, Georgia Stanway hit a low drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the area, and Janine Beckie rounded off the win with a stoppage-time goal.

Albion’s attentions now turn to Sunday’s game against Everton and a chance to build on the impressive win at Liverpool last weekend. 

ALBION: Harris; Barton, Buet (Hack 52), Williams, Perry; Peplow (Green 52), Legg, Simpkins; Natkiel, Umotong, A. Whelan.

SUBS NOT USED: Hourihan (GK), Gibbons, Rafferty.

Tickets for Albion’s next FA Women’s Super League match against Everton this Sunday 13th January are still available to purchase online at a price of £7 for adults and £3 for under-10s. Visit to buy yours.

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