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21 May 2017

Albion's women finished the FA WSL Spring Series with victory at the Amex.

Natkiel 23
Owen (OG) 32
Russo 87

Ward 90+1 (pen)

  • Kate Natkiel, Kenedy Owen (OG) and Alessia Russo on target for the Seagulls
  • Charley Boswell and Faye Baker return from injury
  • Carla Ward scores a stoppage-time penalty for Sheffield

  • The Seagulls end the season in sixth place

Brighton & Hove Albion ended their FA WSL Spring Series season on a winning note, after recording a comfortable 3-1 victory over Sheffield FC Ladies at the Amex.

A. Taylor. SUB NOT USED:

Byrne (Baker 90); Olding, Young, Ashton-Jones, Perry; Natkiel, Barton, Rafferty; Somes (Dorey 83), Russo, Thomas (Boswell 77). ALBION:

Ward stepped up to send Baker the wrong way to make the final score 3-1.

But the drama did not end there as Ellie Dorey was penalised for a challenge in the box, just as Faye Baker was ready to replace Emma Byrne.

Hannah Dale and Hannah Cain both had late chances to score a Sheffield consolation, but Emma Byrne was on hand on both occasions.

But the England under-19 international did get her goal in the 87th minute with a brilliant strike from distance that flew past Draycott.

Russo continued her search for a goal after latching onto Perry’s corner to the far post, but her header was cleared off the line.

Charley Boswell received one of the loudest cheers of the afternoon after she came on to make her first-ever FA WSL appearance, replacing Thomas in the 77th minute.

Natkiel drifted out to the left-hand side and her looping effort was tipped over the bar by Draycott.

Russo then had a headed chance that drifted just wide of the far post, before brilliantly engineering another chance for herself with a wonderful turn, but her effort was saved by Draycott.

The Seagulls continued to create chances, as Natikiel was played through on goal this time but fired straight at Draycott at the near post.

Albion created their first chance inside of the second half when Russo was played through on goal, but the striker was forced wide and her subsequent shot flashed across the face of goal.

Bronwen Thomas and Natkiel linked up well on the right-hand side, but the former’s shot was deflected behind.

Owen thought she had made amends for her earlier own goal after she slotted home in a one-v-one situation with Emma Byrne, but the linesman’s flag was raised.

Parris’s side continued to dominate proceedings, as Perry was allowed to cut inside from the left again, but Draycott was on hand to save.

Albion’s lead was doubled in the 32nd minute when Owen headed the ball into her own net from Perry’s corner, after being put under pressure by Charlotte Young in the box.

The Seagulls got the goal that their early pressure deserved, as Natkiel fired a brilliant close-range volley past Draycott from Russo’s cross with 23 minutes on the clock.

Albion had a golden opportunity to take the lead, when Natkiel forced Juliana Draycott off her line and squared a pass to Russo, who fired wide with the goal gaping.

Somes and Laura Rafferty both had chances to break the deadlock with attempts from distance that went wide, in a lively start for the hosts.

Perry then cut inside from the left-hand side and saw her curling effort go wide of the far post.

Russo then saw another shot from distance go just wide of the far post, after she drove into space on the edge of the area.

Albion had created their first chance inside the opening three minutes when Lucy Somes and Sophie Perry set up a chance for Russo, whose shot went wide.

George Parris made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Doncaster a fortnight ago, as Vicky Ashton-Jones and Russo replaced Natalie Taylor and Amy Taylor in the starting line-up.

Kate Natkiel’s first-half strike, Kenedy Owen’s own goal and Alessia Russo’s stunning effort sealed a second league win of the season, with Carla Ward pulling back a goal from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

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