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19 February 2017

Albion were knocked out of the SSE Women's FA Cup.

Baptiste 57


  • Albion are knocked out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup
  • Bianca Baptiste’s strike gives Spurs the winning goal
  • Alessia Russo comes close to scoring an equaliser late on
  • The Seagulls host Oxford United at Culver Road next Sunday

Brighton & Hove Albion were knocked out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup at the fourth round stage, after a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Cheshunt.

Bianca Baptiste’s second-half strike proved to be the difference in a cagey contest, that saw the Women’s FA Premier League Southern Division leaders secure their place in the fifth round.

Tottenham started the match brightly, as Wendy Martin turned inside the box and fired wide, before Baptiste eluded Vicky Ashton-Jones and saw her angled strike saved by Emma Byrne.

Alessia Russo had Albion’s first chance of the game when her fierce effort from distance went narrowly wide of the near post.

Baptiste was a constant threat down the right-hand side during the opening stages and tried her luck from distance, but her shot sailed harmlessly wide of the post.

At the other end, Sophie Perry’s deep free kick into the box was cleared into the path of Kate Natkiel, whose attempt was blocked by the Spurs defence.

Alessia Russo showed some superb footwork to cut into the area from the right flank, only to see her shot go over the bar.

Tottenham were inches away from taking the lead two minutes after the re-start, when Nikita Whinnett’s angled cross cannoned off the crossbar and Baptiste’s header on the follow -up also hit the woodwork.

But the hosts took the lead with 57 minutes on the clock when Baptiste took advantage of some space on the edge of the box and curled a looping effort over Byrne.

Kirsty Barton tried to bring Albion back on level terms with an acrobatic strike from inside the box that sailed wide.

Chances became few and far between in a really scrappy period of the game, as Perry’s set piece from a central position drifted wide of the post.

Albion sought to raise the tempo in a bid to score an unlikely equaliser, as Russo’s cross-shot was initially spilled by Wayne before eventually being collected by the Tottenham goalkeeper.

Russo then spotted Wayne several yards outside of her box, but her attempted lob did not find the target.

Spurs dropped deeper in the closing stages of the game, and Russo forced Wayne into her first real save of the match with a low driven shot that was tipped away from the bottom corner.

But despite the late flurry of Albion pressure, it was the north Londoners that secured their place in round five.

ALBION: Byrne; Legg, Rafferty (Olding 77), Ashton-Jones, Perry; Russo, Barton, Young, Somes (Thomas 77); Taylor, Natkiel.

SUBS NOT USED: Samain (GK), Dorey.

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