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19 September 2018 Venue Automated Technology Group Stadium Attendance Referee James Oldham

Kick off 19:30 (UK)

Birmingham City Women
1 - 0
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Brighton and Hove Albion Women

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4-5-1
  • 30
    Ann-Katrin Berger
    GK
  • 2
    Paige Williams
    DF
  • 3
    Meaghan Sargeant
    DF
  • 4
    Hayley Ladd
    MF
  • 6
    Kerys Harrop (C)
    DF
  • 8
    Sarah Mayling
    MF
  • 13
    Marisa Ewers
    MF
  • 14
    Emma Follis
    MF
  • 15
    Charlie Wellings
    FW
  • 25
    Aoife Mannion
    DF
  • 37
    Lucy Staniforth
    MF

Substitutes

  • 29
    Hannah Hampton
    SUB
  • 7
    Chloe Arthur
    SUB
  • 18
    Connie Scofield
    SUB
  • 21
    Shania Hayles
    SUB
  • 23
    Harriet Scott
    SUB
  • 29
    Hannah Hampton
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Marc Skinner

4-3-3
  • 13
    Lucy Gillett
    GK
  • 3
    Fliss Gibbons
    DF
  • 4
    Danielle Buet (C)
    MF
  • 6
    Laura Rafferty
    DF
  • 7
    Aileen Whelan
    FW
  • 8
    Kirsty Barton
    MF
  • 9
    Ini Umotong
    FW
  • 16
    Ellie Brazil
    FW
  • 17
    Sophie Perry
    DF
  • 18
    Jodie Brett
    MF
  • 20
    Victoria Williams
    DF

Substitutes

  • 22
    Laura Hartley
    SUB
  • 2
    Beth Roe
    SUB
  • 5
    Fern Whelan
    SUB
  • 10
    Kate Natkiel
    SUB
  • 11
    Amanda Nilden
    SUB
  • 12
    Chloe Peplow
    SUB
  • 15
    Kayleigh Green
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Hope Powell

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Match Previews

WOMEN PREVIEW: BIRMINGHAM CITY V ALBION

19 September 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion take on Birmingham City in an FA Women’s Super League match tonight, kick-off 7.30pm.

Hope Powell’s side will head into the game with a renewed sense of confidence, after securing their first victory of the season with a 3-1 win over London Bees in the FA Continental Tyres Cup on Sunday.

Goals from Ini Umotong, Ellie Brazil and Aileen Whelan were enough to see off their Women’s Championship opponents, keeping the Seagulls in contention for a place in the knockout stages.

That match followed the FA WSL opener against Bristol City, as Lucy Graham’s looping long-range effort proved to be the difference.

This evening's hosts Birmingham City head into the match looking to extend their good run of form, which has seen them keep a clean sheet in each of their four matches so far this season.

The Blues opened their season with a penalty shootout defeat after drawing 0-0 over 90 minutes against Manchester City in the FA Continental Tyres League Cup, before overcoming their local rivals Aston Villa in the same competition.

Birmingham then got their league campaign off to a very quick start, as a Charlie Wellings strike after 42 seconds proved to be the difference in their victory over Everton.

Albion supporters can follow the action from the game on the club’s official Twitter feed, with a report being uploaded after the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports

WOMEN REPORT: BIRMINGHAM CITY 1 ALBION 0

19 September 2018

Geoff Penn
Aileen Whelan in action against Birmingham City.
  • Birmingham take the lead through a first-half Aoife Mannion penalty
  • There were few chances for either team during the match
  • The Seagulls are still searching for their first FA Women’s Super League win
  • Albion are back in action against Liverpool on Sunday

Brighton & Hove Albion suffered a second 1-0 league defeat in a row, as an Aoife Mannion penalty was enough to settle a game of few chances against Birmingham City.

Hope Powell made just one change from Sunday’s match against London Bees, with Fliss Gibbons replacing Kate Natkiel.

The match started out as a cagey affair under the lights in Solihull with neither side able to create much in the opening minutes.

The first effort of note went to the hosts in the tenth minute, when winger Lucy Staniforth tried a speculative attempt from 35 yards which cleared the crossbar.

Albion then hit back with a long range effort of their own, as Danielle Buet took aim but her shot skimmed wide of the post.

The match continued to provide little in the way of clear-cut chances for the remainder of the first half, with both sides finding it difficult to break down the back line of their opposition.

However, with half-time approaching, a long ball over the top of the Albion backline sent Blues winger Emma Follis through on goal, but before she could get her shot away, she was brought down by Albion defender Laura Rafferty.

Birmingham defender Mannion stepped up and converted the spot-kick with the last notable kick of the half.

As the game entered the second-half, the temperature dropped and there was little action to warm up the Midlands crowd.

It wasn’t until the hour mark before a chance was created, as Meaghan Sargeant was flagged offside for the hosts as she looked to head in a Marisa Ewers free kick.

As the half wore on it seemed like the hosts would be the favourites to extend their lead. A smart shot from Charlie Wellings was comfortably claimed by Lucy Gillett, before Welsh international midfielder Hayley Ladd found her way in-behind the Albion defence but her ball from the by-line couldn’t find a team-mate.

Albion’s best chance of the half came in the 89th minute, as Aileen Whelan’s smart flick released Sophie Perry, but the Republic of Ireland international wasn’t able to find a finish.

With five minutes of stoppage time indicated, the Seagulls gave it their best effort but were unable to find a way to goal.

The result leaves Albion winless after two league matches, while Birmingham extended their run to five clean sheets from five matches this season.

The team are next in action this Sunday when they take on Liverpool at the Broadfield Stadium in the FA Women’s Super League, kick-off 12.15pm.

Purchase your tickets in advance now from just £7 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for under-10s Visit BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/Tickets for more information.

ALBION: Gillett; Barton, Rafferty, Williams, Gibbons; Buet, Brett, A. Whelan; Perry, Umotong (Natkiel 64), Brazil.

SUBS NOT USED: Hartley, Roe, F. Whelan, Nilden, Peplow, Green

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