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WOMEN REPORT: ALBION 5 BLACKBURN 2

13 March 2016

Albion are through to the fifth round of the cup.


ALBION 5
Agg 5
Somes 7
Perry 15
Natkiel 70
Fulgence 90


BLACKBURN 2
Strickland 3, 56


  • Albion progress to the fifth round
  • Lily Agg, Lucy Somes, Sophie Perry, Kate Natkiel and Lisa Fulgence all on target
  • Ainsley Strickland scores a brace for Rovers
  • The Seagulls will host Sporting Club Albion at Culver Road next week


Brighton & Hove Albion women progressed through to the SSE Women's FA Cup fifth round, following an impressive 5-2 win against Blackburn Rovers at Nyewood Lane.

Goals from Lily Agg, Lucy Somes and Sophie Perry cancelled out Ainsley Strickland's opener to put Albion 3-1 up. Strickland got Blackburn's second in the second half, but Kate Natkiel and Lisa Fulgence rounded off a convincing fourth-round victory.

The result ensures Brighton will host Sporting Club Albion in round five at Culver Road next Sunday.

Manager James Marrs made five changes to the starting line-up following their win over Crawley Wasps, with Nina Wilson retaining her place in goal and a number of rested players returning to the side.

The game quickly sparked into life within the opening three minutes, as Rovers took the lead through Strickland, following Albion's poor efforts to clear the ball away from danger.

The Seagulls reacted perfectly to the early setback, going straight up the other end of the pitch to equalise just two minutes later thanks to Agg.

Perry stood the ball up perfectly at the back post for the midfielder to head home from inside the six-yard box.

Just two minutes later, Albion were in front through Somes. The pacy winger arrived at the back post to smash the ball past Danielle Hill in the Rovers goal, following another fine cross from Perry.

Saffron Jordan tried her luck from long-range in an attempt to level the scores, but her ambitious effort sailed wide of Wilson's goal.

Albion then had the chance to open up a two-goal advantage, when Perry went down inside the Rovers penalty area and referee Chris White pointed to the spot.

The captain stepped up and found the bottom corner with ease, concluding a crazy opening 15-minute spell that saw four goals scored.

Wilson almost found herself in trouble when she was tackled following a dribble outside Albion's penalty area, but the keeper recovered well and got the ball to safety.

Perry had chances to extend the lead further before half time, as she tested Hill, before seeing another ferocious effort go just wide of the upright.

Natasha Fenton volleyed wide before the break for the visitors and Nakiel saw her shot comfortably dealt with, following a weaving run into the Rovers box.


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Blackburn came flying out the blocks in the second half, giving Albion little time on the ball and their pressure paid off shortly after the break.

After a defensive mix-up, Strickland picked up the ball on the edge of Albion's box and looped a shot into an empty net to reduce the deficit to one.

Agg headed goalwards from an Albion corner, but her glancing header was cleared off the line by a Rovers defender.

Somes was released down the right wing and her cross, which was aimed for Agg, was turned onto the post by Blackburn's central defender and Amy Taylor's follow-up went just wide.

Albion continued to press for another goal and on 77 minutes, they got their reward. Agg found space brilliantly and slotted an inch-perfect through ball to Natkiel, who calmly found the bottom corner from just inside the box.

Natkiel almost bagged a brace in the closing stages, as her fierce 25-yard effort cannoned back off the crossbar.

Albion made sure of the win in stoppage time, as substitute Fulgence prodded home on the line and secured an emphatic 5-2 victory.

ALBION: Wilson; Boswell, D Cooper, E Baker; Rowe (Gurr 74), Barton; Somes (Dorey 77), Perry, Agg, Natkiel; Taylor (Fulgence 66).

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V READING

TUESDAY 15TH MARCH, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V BURNLEY 

SATURDAY 2ND APRIL, KICK-OFF 12.30PM



ALBION V FULHAM 

FRIDAY 15TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


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