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18 November 2018 Venue Broadfield Stadium Attendance Referee Ryan Atkin

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Brighton and Hove Albion Women
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Reading FC Women

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Marie Hourihan
    GK
  • 4
    Dani Buet (C)
    MF
  • 6
    Laura Rafferty
    DF
  • 7
    Aileen Whelan
    MF
  • 8
    Kirsty Barton
    DF
  • 9
    Ini Umotong
    FW
  • 10
    Kate Natkiel
    FW
  • 12
    Chloe Peplow
    MF
  • 17
    Sophie Perry
    DF
  • 18
    Jodie Brett
    MF
  • 20
    Victoria Williams
    DF

Substitutes

  • 13
    Lucy Gillett
    SUB
  • 3
    Fliss Gibbons
    SUB
  • 14
    Jenna Legg
    SUB
  • 15
    Kayleigh Green
    SUB
  • 16
    Ellie Brazil
    SUB
  • 21
    Emily Simpkins
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Hope Powell

4-4-2
  • 1
    Grace Moloney
    GK
  • 3
    Mayumi Pacheco
    DF
  • 4
    Fara Williams
    MF
  • 6
    Kirsty Pearce (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Rachel Furness
    MF
  • 8
    Remi Allen
    MF
  • 10
    Lauren Bruton
    FW
  • 11
    Natasha Harding
    DF
  • 18
    Jade Moore
    MF
  • 19
    Brooke Chaplen
    FW
  • 22
    Jo Potter
    DF

Substitutes

  • 2
    Rebecca Jane
    SUB
  • 5
    Molly Bartrip
    SUB
  • 9
    Gemma Davison
    SUB
  • 17
    Charlie Estcourt
    SUB
  • 27
    Rachael Laws
    SUB
  • 28
    Lily Woodham
    SUB

Manager

  • -

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Match Previews

WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION V READING

18 November 2018

Geoff Penn
Victoria Williams and Ini Umotong celebrate.

Brighton & Hove Albion are back in FA Women’s Super League action this Sunday when the Seagulls entertain Reading at the Broadfield Stadium, kick-off 2pm.

Last time out Hope Powell’s side secured their first league win of the season as goals from summer signings Jodie Brett and Victoria Williams were enough to see off a spirited Yeovil Town 2-1.

Since then Albion haven’t taken to the field as they had a free weekend, due to the league's 11-team structure, followed by the international break last week.

The Seagulls take on a Reading team who lie in fifth place in the standings. So far this season, the Royals have enjoyed mixed fortunes by winning three, drawing two and losing two of their league matches played so far.

One of their highlights was keeping a clean sheet against free-scoring Manchester City in a 0-0 draw back in October.

More recently, the side come into the match following a 3-0 victory over Bristol City, with goals from Fara Williams (2) and Brooke Chaplen enough to see off the opposition.

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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Match Reports

WOMEN REPORT: ALBION 1 READING 4

18 November 2018

Geoff Penn
Sophie Perry in action against Reading at the Broadfield Stadium.
  • Albion are beaten 4-1 by Reading
  • Own goal gives the Royals a half-time lead
  • Brooke Chaplen, Fara Williams and Gemma Davison add further goals
  • Aileen Whelan heads home for the Seagulls

Despite a battling display at the Broadfield Stadium, Brighton & Hove Albion were beaten 4-1 by Reading in the FA Women’s Super League this afternoon.

An unfortunate own goal from Marie Hourihan set the Royals on their way, and although Aileen Whelan pulled a goal back in-between strikes from Brooke Chaplen, Fara Williams and Gemma Davison, the Berkshire club picked up a deserved victory.

Jade Moore created the first opportunity of the game for the visitors, but Albion goalkeeper Hourihan made a comfortable stop from the forward’s tame 20-yard effort.

But the Royals were able to break the deadlock in the 20th minute and the goal came in fortuitous fashion — Williams’s shot came back off the upright and hit Hourihan on the back, which sent the ball into the back of the net.

Chaplen then broke into Albion’s penalty area and fired a low shot towards goal, but Hourihan was able to make a smart stop with her feet to prevent the Seagulls going further behind.

Hope Powell’s team continued to defend well and restrict the Royals to few opportunities on goal, but Ini Umotong looked isolated at times as Albion worked the ball forward into the attacking third.

Another Williams effort for the visitors was tipped over the crossbar shortly before the break, with Jo Potter also striking the woodwork directly from a corner, but the score remained at 1-0 for the interval.

Powell made two changes ahead of the second half — Ellie Brazil and Kayleigh Green were introduced in place of Kate Natkiel and Dani Buet, as the Seagulls went in search of an equalising goal.

But in the 58th minute they found themselves further behind, and it was Chaplen who was able to make the most of space inside Albion’s penalty area to fire into the top corner to make it 2-0.

Albion needed to show a positive reaction and that’s exactly what happened, as Whelan raced to the front post and glanced a brilliant header beyond Grace Moloney from Umotong’s inch-perfect cross.

The goal lifted the mood around the Broadfield but Albion were soon dealt another blow — Hourihan was unable to claim a long-range shot from Williams at the second time of asking, and the ball bounced over to restore Reading’s two-goal lead.

The timing of the goal took the wind out of Albion’s sails, and the visitors extended their lead further in the 81st minute when a deflected long-range shot from Williams found its way past Hourihan to make it 4-1.

Whelan came close to pulling a goal back for the Seagulls, as she volleyed straight at Moloney from Sophie Perry’s corner, but the final whistle blew and the Royals travelled home with the points.

ALBION: Hourihan; Barton, Rafferty, Williams, Perry; Natkiel (Brazil 46), Peplow, Buet (Green 46), Brett, A.Whelan; Umotong.

Subs not used: Gillett (GK), Gibbons, Legg, Simpkins.

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