- Albion recover from a goal down to claim a comfortable win
- Bianca Baptiste scores for Tottenham
- Lucy Somes, Fern Whelan, Ini Umotong (2) all on target
- The Seagulls return to FA WSL 2 action at home to Sheffield next Sunday
Brighton & Hove Albion registered their second win in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup with an impressive 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur Ladies at Theobalds Lane.
Lucy Somes and Fern Whelan both registered close-range strikes to overcome an early setback, as substitute Ini Umotong scored two goals late on to round off a fine display.
On Bonfire Night, there weren’t many fireworks early doors, as Sophie Perry and Fliss Gibbons threatened down the left side without bearing any fruit.
For all the early scrappiness in midfield, it was a long ball over the Albion defence which was their undoing. Nippy striker Bianca Baptiste latched onto it for Spurs and after going one-on-on with Lucy Gillett, she buried it into the corner.
It only took five minutes for Albion to reply. Sophie Perry curled a looping cross-cum-shot from 25 yards, which Toni-Anne Wayne fumbled and allowed Somes to ghost into the box unmarked and poke home from six yards.
On 30 minutes, Somes was fouled 25 yards out on a surge towards goal, giving Perry a chance to display her dead-ball quality. The captain’s teasing cross caused a melee at the back post, and F. Whelan stabbed the ball in from close range.
Spurs returned from half time the brighter side, with Sarah Wiltshire’s half-volley in the 53rd minute taking a smart reaction save from Gillett to deny her an equaliser.
The home side had the lion’s share of possession, but the Seagulls would not budge, with Laura Rafferty and F. Whelan staying tight to Tottenham's attacking threats.
Albion looked dangerous from set-pieces all afternoon, and in the 86th minute they troubled Spurs’ backline again. Danielle Buet whipped in a delivery from the right, and substitute Umotong raced ahead of the pack to instinctively steer the ball in with her torso.
The striker wasn’t done there though, as she galloped in behind the Spurs defence in injury time to smartly lob Wayne with a controlled half-volley.
Albion turn their attentions back to the league next Sunday when they host Sheffield at Culver Road, while their next FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup match is away at Bristol City on Saturday 2nd December.
ALBION: Gillett; Roe, F. Whelan, Rafferty (Ashton-Jones 88), Perry; Legg, Barton, Buet (Taylor 90); A. Whelan (Umotong 76), Somes, Gibbons.
SUBS NOT USED: Sansom (GK), Ritchie, Thomas.