Albion women are one win away from the league title.
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- Amy Taylor (2) and Charlotte Gurr on target for Albion
- Molly Clark scored for Portsmouth
- Albion move to within one win of the league title
- Brighton travel to Tottenham for their final game of the season next Sunday
Brighton & Hove Albion women moved one step closer to the Premier League Southern Division league title, after beating Portsmouth 3-1 at Culver Road today.
The result means they will secure the Premier League Southern Division title next week if they win away at Tottenham Hotspur in their final match of the season.
Amy Taylor scored a brace to give Albion a two-goal lead, before Molly Clark pulled one back for the visitors. Charlotte Gurr scored shortly before half-time and Albion comfortably saw out the second half to secure the win.
Albion took the lead with the game's first effort on goal, as Kate Natkiel's deflected effort fell to the feet of Taylor and the striker effortlessly slotted the ball past Michelle Beazley from just inside the penalty area.
Taylor tried her luck again moments later, as she found herself through on goal, but her strike lacked conviction and sailed wide of the upright.
She then turned provider, as Gurr was cleverly slipped through on goal, but Beazley rushed out to smother the ball following the striker's prodded effort from the edge of the box.
Albion then dealt with a Portsmouth corner that bounced around inside the penalty area, before heading up the other end to double their lead through Taylor again.
Charley Boswell released Natkiel down the right wing and she brilliantly delivered the ball to the feet of the striker, who made no mistake from six yards out.
Albion were left stunned as Portsmouth found a way back into the game through Clark's superb 35-yard looping effort, which caught Faye Baker by surprise to make it 2-1.
The hosts replied by hitting the crossbar, before Taylor's header in front of goal was cleared off the line, denying the striker a first-half hat-trick.
Taylor had another chance moments later, as she fired on goal from distance but her dipping attempt fell just wide.
The Seagulls regained their two-goal cushion shortly before the break through Gurr, who tapped in from on the goal line, following Taylor's curling effort that hit the post and rolled across the face of goal.
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Natkiel came close to extending Albion's lead with back-to-back efforts on goal shortly after the restart, forcing a brilliant save from Beazley, before seeing her looping effort dip just over the crossbar from long range.
Taylor missed a golden opportunity to open up a three-goal lead, firing over the crossbar from inside the box when an open goal was at her mercy.
Lucy Somes then rolled one wide, before substitute Sophie Perry curled a free-kick on goal, but her tame effort was comfortably dealt with by Beazley.
With the game entering the final 15 minutes, the ball dropped nicely to Amelia Ritchie on the edge of Portsmouth's penalty area and her firm strike cannoned back off the crossbar, before the visitors managed to clear the danger.
Ellie Dorey then had a claim for a penalty when she went down inside the box, but referee David Ellis waved on play despite protestations from Albion's bench.
Albion struck the woodwork for a third time, after Perry chested the ball down before unleashing a fierce effort from 20 yards.
Lily Agg had a goal disallowed for offside moments before the full-time whistle and the score remained 3-1 to the Seagulls.
ALBION: Baker; Ashton-Jones (Perry 58), D Cooper, Ritchie; Boswell, Blackie, Barton, Somes (Agg 68), Gurr (Dorey 73); Natkiel, Taylor.
SUBS NOT USED: Wilson (GK), Fulgence.