Albion beat the Dons to reach the next round.
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- Albion reach the fourth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup
- Ellie Dorey, Amy Taylor and Sophie Perry (pen) score first-half goals
- Lucy Somes scores after Hannah Searle pulled a goal back for the Dons
- Four new signings make their debuts for the Seagulls
Brighton & Hove Albion progressed to the fourth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup with an impressive 4-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon Ladies at Gander Green Lane this afternoon.
First-half goals from Ellie Dorey, Amy Taylor and Sophie Perry’s penalty set the Seagulls on their way, before Hannah Searle hit back for the hosts in the second half. Lucy Somes then netted a late goal to round off the victory.
Interim manager George Parris included four of Albion’s new signings in the starting line-up, with goalkeeper Emma Byrne making her debut, as well as Jenna Legg, Laura Rafferty and Alessia Russo.
The hosts made a positive start as they broke forward from kick-off, but Katie Stanley’s firm shot from inside the penalty area sailed over Byrne’s crossbar.
Kate Natkiel recorded Albion’s first effort on goal as she cut inside from the wing and fired straight into the hands of Tash Salgado, before Caroline Bisson found the side netting with a right-footed effort at the other end.
Albion took the lead in the 29th minute when Taylor flicked on Natkiel’s cross from the right wing, and there was Dorey with a simple finish from close range.
Natkiel then found herself one-on-one with Salgado after being played through on goal, but the Dons shot-stopper made a great save to deny the midfielder, before Russo’s follow-up was cleared and Taylor volleyed over.
Albion’s lead was doubled in the 40th minute when Taylor found the top corner with a wonderful effort from inside the box, following Russo’s neat through-ball into the striker’s feet.
Salgado saved well from Natkiel shortly before the break, but Albion were presented with an opportunity to extend their lead on the stroke of half-time when the midfielder was brought down inside the box and referee Mark Edwards pointed to the spot. Perry took responsibility from the penalty spot and fired the ball into the corner of the net.
The Dons came out fighting after the break and pulled a goal back on 62 minutes through substitute Searle, as the midfielder broke into the penalty area and looped the ball over Byrne.
Taylor and Natkiel continued to prove a handful for the Dons defence, with the latter testing Salgado with a low-driven effort after playing a clever one-two with her team-mate.
Natkiel returned the favour moments later, as she sliced open Wimbledon’s defence with a perfectly-weighted pass into the feet of Taylor, but the striker’s left-footed effort rolled narrowly wide of the target.
Parris introduced Bronwen Thomas, Natalie Taylor and Somes in the second half, as Albion looked to restore their three-goal cushion, and it was one of the substitutes that made an impact to score a fourth goal for the Seagulls.
Laura Rafferty cleared the ball from Albion’s penalty area to the halfway line, and Somes did brilliantly to latch onto the midfielder’s clearance, race through on goal and convert past Salgado in the 84th minute.
The hosts pressed forward in the closing stages but Albion defended well to keep their opponents at bay, as the Seagulls sealed their place in the next round of the competition.
ALBION: Byrne; Legg, Ashton-Jones, Young, Perry; Barton, Rafferty, Natkiel (Thomas 79); Dorey (Somes 61), A.Taylor (N.Taylor 87), Russo.
SUBS NOT USED: Wilson (GK).