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- Albion through to the SSE FA Women’s Cup third round
- Lisa Fulgence, Sophie Perry, and Charlotte Gurr amongst the goals for Brighton
- The Seagulls record biggest win of the season
- Albion have scored 23 goals in their last six games
Goals from Jay Blackie, Sophie Perry, Kirsty Barton, Lisa Fulgence, Deanna Cooper, Hollie Olding and Charlotte Gurr were enough to see off Town, who currently sit second in the Premier League South East Division One.
The heavens opened just before kick-off and a drenched surface made it difficult for both teams to move the ball.
Brighton found their feet after a sunny spell dried the pitch and almost took the lead through Blackie’s driven effort from 25 yards out, which was well saved by Luton goalkeeper Rachel Evans.
Lucy Somes and Perry both had chances to give the hosts the lead, but Somes’s shot was blocked by Evans, while Perry shot wide from close range.
Albion made their pressure count and opened the scoring after 29 minutes through Blackie. Somes’s ball across the face of goal found the sliding Brighton midfielder, who poked home from a few yards out.
The Seagulls doubled their lead eight minutes later when Perry finished off a delightful move. Kate Natkiel and Blackie linked up down the right, before the former found Perry who slotted the ball past Evans.
It was 3-0 just before the break thanks to top goal scorer Gurr, who reacted quickest when Deanna Cooper’s shot rebounded back off the crossbar.
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Albion continued their dominance after the break and soon had their fourth of the afternoon. Barton was on hand to score her fifth goal of the season when Somes’s effort came back off the post.
Their class continued to show and they had achance to make it five when Somes was brought down in the area. Up stepped Olding, but the 16-year-old’s penalty was saved by Evans.
Albion didn't let up though,and their persistence paid off when Fulgence came off the bench to score yet again.
Deanna Cooper finally got her reward for all her hard work and relentless pressure after 73 minutes. The Albion midfielder could not fail to add her name to the score sheet, after Gurr’s effort had been saved by Evans.
The match ended on a sour note for the Luton shot-stopper, who had performed excellently, but was shown a straight red card for a foul-mouthed rant at the referee. Moments later, Olding capped off a fine afternoon for Albion when she smashed home from a corner.
James Marrs’s side progressed to the next round, which will welcome the likes of Reading Women, Everton Ladies, and Aston Villa Ladies from the Women’s Super League 2.
ALBION: Baker; Ashton-Jones, Olding, C Cooper (Ritchie 65); Blackie, Gurr, Barton, D Cooper (Boswell 76), Perry; Somes (Fulgence 65), Natkiel.
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