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WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION AT THE AMEX

28 April 2019

Geoff Penn
Albion celebrate Ini Umotong's equaliser.

Brighton & Hove Albion will take to the field at the Amex today to face Arsenal in the FA Women’s Super League, kick-off 12.15pm.

It will be the third time Albion have played a women’s competition match at the stadium following a 2-0 Women’s Premier League success over Charlton in 2015 and a 4-1 WSL Spring Series victory over Sheffield back in 2017.

It will also be a big occasion for the visitors Arsenal, who could win their third FA WSL title this afternoon if they claim three points against the Seagulls, or if Manchester City lose their match Yeovil Town.

Albion head into the match having played their first match in a month against Reading at the Madejski Stadium last Saturday.

In a game where both sides created chances, it was the Royals who added three points to their tally after Rachel Furness slotted a left footed finish past Marie Hourihan just after the half-time break.

The Seagulls went close to finding an equaliser when Kirsty Barton’s powerful 20 yard strike rattled the crossbar, but a leveller evaded Hope Powell's side in Berkshire.

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FA Continental Cup runners-up Arsenal are in a fine run of league form heading into their match - a sequence of five wins, stretching back to February, has seen them keep pace with Manchester City as the two tussle for the title.

Most recently, the Gunners edged a victory over Everton last Sunday. Goals from Louise Quinn and the league’s top scorer Vivianne Miedema looked to set to give the Londoners a comfortable win.

However the Toffees replied just after the hour mark through Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah. The goal ensured a nervy finish, but the defence held strong to seal all three points.

They now have a shot at the title, whilst Albion will be looking to keep distance between themselves and Everton who are in tenth.

Albion supporters can follow the match this lunchtime via a live text blog on the Match Centre, with a match report and reaction to follow this afternoon.


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