Albion women won the title today.
Taylor 45+2, 76
- Albion women are crowned league champions
- Amy Taylor scored a brace to secure victory
- Bianca Baptiste scored to level the game
- The Seagulls will compete in the Women's Premier League Championship play-off game next month
Brighton & Hove Albion women were crowned champions of the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division following a nervy 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.
The result sets up a play-off match against the Northern Division winners at Adams Park on Sunday 29th May.
Amy Taylor scored either side of Bianca Baptiste’s leveller for the home side, stretching to reach Charlotte Gurr’s flick-on, before converting in the 76th minute from just inside the box - a lead which Albion clung onto until the finish.
James Marrs made two changes to the side that comfortably beat Portsmouth 3-1 last weekend, with Catherine Cooper and Sophie Perry coming in to replace Lucy Somes and Amelia Ritchie.
Albion almost took the lead in a bizarre fashion inside the opening few minutes, as Alex Keown sliced the ball across the face of Tottenham’s goal and almost into her own net.
Gurr then had two chances in quick succession to break the deadlock, first having a shot blocked in front of goal, before looping an effort wide of the target.
Lucia Leon, who scored in Albion’s 1-0 Premier League Cup defeat, left the field on a stretcher after 25 minutes following a collision with Taylor.
Charley Boswell missed a great chance for Albion, heading Deanna Cooper’s long free-kick straight at Tottenham’s keeper when she looked destined to score.
Taylor broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time as she stretched to get on the end of Gurr’s flick-on, before sending the ball past Toni-Anne Wayne to secure an advantage at half time.
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Taylor had a perfect chance to bag a brace soon after the restart, but shot over the crossbar following Perry’s fine run and cross.
Perry then found herself through on goal, following Kate Natkiel’s neat through-ball, but the winger’s heavy touch got away from her and Wayne rushed off her line to collect the ball.
Albion then sustained another period of pressure with Baker tipping the ball away on a few occasions, before Perry rescued her teammates by clearing the ball off the line at the back post.
Spurs made their second change, as Baptiste entered the equation and the substitute made an immediate impact, as she fired the ball past Baker from outside the penalty area to level the game at 1-1.
Taylor wasted another chance to score her second, but made no mistake moments later when the ball dropped nicely just inside the 18-yard box.
The striker turned well and unleashed a powerful effort that beat the outstretched arm of Wayne, giving Albion the lead again with 15 minutes to play.
Lisa Fulgence came on to join Lily Agg from the substitutes bench, as Marrs introduced fresh legs to protect their slender lead.
Albion coped with Tottenham’s late pressure and the referee blew the whistle for full time, confirming Albion as FA Premier League Southern Division champions, with promotion to Women's Super League 2 (WSL2) firmly in their sights.
ALBION: Baker; C Cooper (Fulgence 77), D Cooper, Ashton-Jones; Perry, Barton, Blackie, Gurr (Agg 58), Boswell; Natkiel, Taylor.
SUBS NOT USED: Wilson (GK), Dorey, Somes.