Young '90 +4
- Charlotte Young wins the game in stoppage time
- Amy Taylor gives Albion the lead
- Cristina Torkildsen on target for Coventry
- The Seagulls extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches this season
Charlotte Young’s stoppage-time winner secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over Coventry United in a highly competitive game at Culver Road.
The result extends Albion’s unbeaten run from the start of the season to 11 matches and maintains their position as league leaders.
The game started in end-to-end fashion, as Faye Baker had to be alert to deny Ashleigh Neville’s shot at her left-hand post, before Amy Taylor broke down the other end for Albion but Coventry keeper Sue Wood made a comfortable save.
Taylor was involved in the thick of the action throughout the opening stages after she set up Kate Natkiel with a chance, before she headed an effort over the bar from Charlotte Gurr’s out-swinging corner.
Coventry carried a real threat going forward, and a well-timed challenge by Deanna Cooper deflected Helen Dermody’s effort into Baker’s hands.
Cooper and Kirsty Barton both had attempts from distance that went wide, before a Lucy Somes free-kick cannoned off the crossbar and Taylor struck the loose ball straight at Wood.
Taylor found space inside the box once again and saw her relatively tame effort creep past the left-hand post.
The best moment for the visitors came when Dermody’s looping effort rose over Baker, but Jay Blackie was on hand to make a superb clearance off the line.
Gurr then raced through one-on-one with Wood, but her subsequent shot went straight into the keeper’s hands.
There was still time for one last Albion opportunity prior to the interval, when some good link-up play involving Gurr and Taylor set up a chance for Natkiel, who shot over the bar.
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The Seagulls took the game to the visitors after the re-start, as Gurr weaved inside the box, but the Coventry defence dealt with her resulting shot.
Gurr then headed an effort wide of the right-hand post, before Charley Boswell’s low strike produced a low save from Wood.
The deadlock was broken in fortuitous fashion in the 56th minute, after Wood inadvertently struck a clearance straight at Taylor and the ball rolled into the back of the net.
But the visitors were quick to restore parity and equalised just five minutes later when Cristina Torkildsen ended a swift Coventry counter-attack with a clinical left-footed finish past Baker.
Natkiel and Barton both had chances to regain the lead for Albion, but both their efforts produced strong saves by Wood.
Somes then saw her own attempt rise over the crossbar after she cut in from the left-hand side.
The Seagulls continued to press in the closing stages, as Cooper’s free-kick on the edge of the area just cleared the crossbar.
Natkiel and Taylor both had opportunities to score a second Albion goal, but both of their shots were blocked by an organised Coventry defence.
Substitute Callan Barber could have won the game late on for the visitors, but her strike from distance was tipped over the bar by Baker.
Just moments later, Natkiel found Cooper at the near post, but the defender’s shot rose over the bar.
But the Seagulls won the game late on in controversial fashion, after substitute Young fired the ball home from Gurr’s free-kick despite the linesman flagging for a foul inside the box.
Despite Coventry’s protests, the goal stood and the Seagulls claimed a ninth consecutive victory.
ALBION: Baker; C Cooper, D Cooper, Ashton-Jones; Boswell (Leitch 78), Barton, Blackie, Somes (Young 82), Gurr; Natkiel, Taylor.
SUB NOT USED: Perry
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