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6 May 2017

Albion's women secured a hard-earned point.



  • Albion draw 0-0 with Doncaster Rovers Belles at Culver Road
  •  Emma Byrne saves Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s penalty
  • Brighton defend well under high levels of pressure throughout
  • The Seagulls play Sheffield at the Amex in their final fixture
Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Emma Byrne saved a second-half penalty, as the Seagulls earned another point in the FAWSL Spring Series with a 0-0 draw against Doncaster Rovers Belles at Culver Road this afternoon.

Baker (GK), Boswell. SUBS NOT USED:

Byrne; Olding, Rafferty, Young, Perry; Barton, N.Taylor, Natkiel; Somes (Dorey 85), A.Taylor, Thomas. ALBION:

The visitors piled on the pressure in the closing stages, but Albion’s defence held strong and secured another point in their FAWSL Spring Series campaign.

Byrne was on hand to keep out Sophie Walton’s long-range effort to her right-hand side, before Leandro Little received a yellow card for punching the ball past Byrne into the back of net, when it looked like Doncaster had snatched a late goal.

Sweetman-Kirk looked to make amends for her penalty miss, but fired wide of the target from long range, before Natkiel drilled a low shot from 25 yards straight into the hands of Davies.

Sweetman-Kirk stepped up to take the penalty, but Byrne dived the right way and parried the forward’s spot kick away from goal on 58 minutes, before Simpkins fired the rebound over the crossbar.

After a relatively quiet opening to the second half, Doncaster were handed a great opportunity to take the lead when Charlotte Young was penalised for a foul on Murray inside the box.

Byrne kept the scores level with a brilliant save from Sweetman-Kirk’s fierce effort from inside the box, after the Donny forward latched onto a through-ball from Simpkins.

Sweetman-Kirk attacked the edge of the box and ran straight onto Kirsty Hanson’s cut back, however the striker dragged her side-footed attempt wide.

Kate Natkiel then surged forward for the Seagulls and unleashed a powerful strike from 25 yards, but Doncaster goalkeeper Nicky Davies gathered the ball low down to cancel the danger.

Lucy Somes did well to cut inside of her marker on the left wing, but then curled a shot wide of goal from just outside the penalty area, before Byrne backtracked to claim Christie Murray’s lobbed attempt up the other end.

Simpkins was more accurate with her next attempt, as she drilled a powerful shot on target from 25 yards, however Byrne was on hand to claim the midfielder’s well-controlled effort.

The visitors created the first chance of the game inside the opening minute, but Albion goalkeeper Bryne wasn’t called into action as Emily Simpkins fired wide from the edge of the box.

George Parris made two changes to the starting line-up that lost against Everton last time out, with Natalie Taylor and Amy Taylor coming into the side for Vicky Ashton-Jones and Alessia Russo.

The visitors dominated possession throughout, and although the Seagulls defended well, Byrne saved the day with a fine stop from Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s spot kick, to ensure a share of the spoils.

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