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27 January 2019 Venue Academy Stadium Attendance

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Manchester City Women
3 - 0
FT
Brighton and Hove Albion Women

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Karen Bardsley
    GK
  • 3
    Demi Stokes
    GK
  • 5
    Jennifer Beattie
    GK
  • 6
    Steph Houghton (C)
    GK
  • 4
    Gemma Bonner
    GK
  • 24
    Keira Walsh
    GK
  • 8
    Jill Scott
    GK
  • 19
    Caroline Weir
    GK
  • 22
    Claire Emslie
    GK
  • 15
    Lauren Hemp
    GK
  • 17
    Nikita Parris
    GK

Substitutes

  • 13
    Fran Stenson
    SUB
  • 7
    Melissa Lawley
    SUB
  • 9
    Pauline Bremer
    SUB
  • 12
    Georgia Stanway
    SUB
  • 14
    Esme Morgan
    SUB
  • 33
    Jess Park
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Nick Cushing

4-3-3
  • 1
    Marie Hourihan
    GK
  • 26
    Ellie Hack
    DF
  • 5
    Fern Whelan
    DF
  • 20
    Victoria Williams
    DF
  • 3
    Fliss Gibbons
    DF
  • 4
    Danielle Buet (C)
    MF
  • 12
    Chloe Peplow
    MF
  • 15
    Kayleigh Green
    MF
  • 10
    Kate Natkiel
    FW
  • 16
    Ellie Brazil
    FW
  • 7
    Aileen Whelan
    FW

Substitutes

  • 19
    Sophie Harris
    SUB
  • 8
    Kirsty Barton
    SUB
  • 9
    Ini Umotong
    SUB
  • 18
    Jodie Brett
    SUB
  • 21
    Emily Simpkins
    SUB
  • 27
    Megan Connolly
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Hope Powell

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Match Previews

WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION LOOK TO EXTEND UNBEATEN LEAGUE RUN

27 January 2019

Geoff Penn
Ellie Brazil in action against Everton.

Brighton & Hove Albion will be looking to maintain their unbeaten FA Women’s Super League start to 2019 when they take on league-leaders Manchester City this afternoon, kick-off 2pm.

It is the second time this month that Hope Powell’s side have met this month following the FA Continental Tyres League Cup quarter-final where Albion exited the competition.

Despite an impressive start, pegging City back to 1-1 through Dani Buet’s penalty after they had took an early lead, the Seagulls ran out of steam in the final five minutes as City showed their strength to progress to the next stage.

However, Albion’s recent league form has been more positive since the turn of the year, with Hope Powell’s side going unbeaten in their last two FA WSL matches.

At the start of this month, the Seagulls travelled to the north west to take on Liverpool, where Laura Rafferty and Ini Umotong sealed a 2-0 win, before  they faced Everton at The People’s Pension Stadium and played out a 0-0 draw.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are currently unbeaten in the WSL, winning nine and drawing four of their home matches so far.

Most recently, City overcame West Ham United 3-1, as goals from Caroline Weir, Lauren Hemp and Nikita Parris secured a win that took them back to the top of the table following Arsenal’s defeat.

Along with the Continental Tyres League Cup match, the two sides have also faced off in the WSL, where a clinical City side ran out 6-0 victors in October.

With no match last week following the international break, the league table still has Albion in ninth place with eight points, head of Everton and bottom-placed Yeovil Town.

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.

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Match Reports

WOMEN REPORT: MANCHESTER CITY 3 ALBION 0

27 January 2019

Tom Flathers
Kayleigh Green in action against Manchester City.
  • Nikita Parris’s penalty gives City the lead after three minutes
  • Gemma Bonner and a second for Parris extend the hosts’ lead before half time
  • Marie Hourihan goes off injured in the first half
  • Next up for Albion is the SSE Women’s FA Cup fourth round match against Manchester United

Brighton & Hove Albion were beaten 3-0 by FA Women’s Super League leaders Manchester City at The Academy Stadium.

Nikita Parris’s brace and Gemma Bonner’s strike secured City all three points, as they returned to the top of the FA WSL.

Hope Powell made several changes from last time out, bringing in 16-year-old defender Ellie Hack for her first professional start as well as the experienced Fern Whelan, who returned from injury.

It was a cold, blustery day in the north west, as Albion returned back to the scene of their FA Continental Tyres Cup defeat against City earlier this month.

It didn’t take the hosts long to find their stride and after just two minutes played, Lauren Hemp won a penalty after going down in the area under the challenge of Ellie Hack.

The FA WSL’s all-time record goalscorer, Parris, stepped up and converted the kick to the left of Marie Hourihan.

Albion grew into the match following the goal, limiting City to chances from distance, and almost got themselves level on the 23-minute mark.

Fliss Gibbons was released down the left side and whipped in a cross towards Ellie Brazil, but the forward couldn’t direct her header beyond Karen Bardsley, who claimed made a comfortable save.

Despite the positive signs, City doubled their advantage less than ten minutes later.

Caroline Weir’s 20-yard attempt was deflected wide for a corner and from the resulting piece of action, Bonner managed to convert from close range with Hourihan left stricken on the ground.

The Republic of Ireland international was treated by the physios after the goal, but an apparent ankle injury meant she couldn’t continue and the goalkeeper was replaced by Sophie Harris.

Just before half time, City added another, again from a corner. Jill Scott rose above the Albion defence to nod the ball towards goal, and Parris was on hand to convert a low header from barely two yards out.

City started the second half as quickly as they had begun the first, and could have extended their lead further early on.

Claire Emslie did well to break behind the Albion defence and whip in a dangerous cross, which was cut out at the near post. Then from the resulting corner, her cross almost found its way past Harris, who did well to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Harris was on hand to save again just minutes later, after her misplaced clearance fell to Weir, but the Scot couldn’t direct her shot beyond the keeper.

As the match reached the hour mark, Albion started to create chances of their own.

Firstly, Chloe Peplow’s 25-yard effort cleared the crossbar of Bardsley, before the England international had to be at her best to turn away substitute Ini Umotong’s near-post effort, after the Nigerian broke clear of the defence.

City continued to dominate possession, but lacked any goal threat as the match entered the closing stages, with the Seagulls defence limiting the hosts to long range shots.

After a much improved second-half performace, the referee blew her whistle for full time.

Albion’s attentions now turn to the SSE Women’s FA Cup where they take on Manchester United at The People’s Pension Stadium.

ALBION: Hourihan (Harris 35); Williams, Hack, F. Whelan, Gibbons; Peplow (Simpkins 73), Green, Buet; Natkiel, Brazil, A. Whelan (Umotong 46).

SUBS NOT USED: Barton, Brett, Connolly.

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