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Terland scores a stunner but Albion are beaten

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Seagulls stay tenth in WSL after 2-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.

By Bruce Talbot • 23 April 2023

By Craig Galloway
Vea Sarri takes on former Albion defender Emma Koivisto.

Elisabeth Terland scored a goal of the season contender but Albion were beaten 2-1 at Liverpool in Sunday’s WSL clash at Prenton Park.

Terland found the net with a shot from 35 yards to give Albion a deserved lead six minutes before the break.

But in their third game in eight days Albion struggled to maintain their tempo in the second period and Liverpool hit back thanks to two goals from Ceri Holland.

Reading’s 3-2 home defeat to Everton means Albion stay tenth, with a visit to Tottenham Hotspur up next on Saturday.

Melissa Phillips had named the side which had picked up our first league win since November against Everton on Wednesday and Albion passed the ball with confidence in the early stages.

By Craig Galloway
Libby Bance breaks forward.

They won four corners in the first 20 minutes with Katie Robinson a constant threat down the right and Geummin Lee dictating play in the centre of midfield.

At the other end Lydia Williams was tested a couple of times and Leighanne Robe ought to have done better when a free-kick from Missy Bo Kearns dropped at her feet ten yards out but the defender missed her kick.

Albion got back on top and they were ahead with a stunning strike by Terland on 39 minutes. Robinson lifted the ball forward from the right, Terland took a couple of steps forward before unleashing a right-footed strike from 35 yards out which sailed over Rachael Laws and into the far corner for her third goal in two games.

By Craig Galloway
Katie Robinson makes a surge forward.

Terland went close again seven minutes into the second half. Jorja Fox threaded a pass into the path of Robinson whose pull back picked out the Norwegian, but Laws dived to her left to push the shot to safety.

But it was 1-1 after 54 minutes. Shanice van de Sanden’s pass found Ceri Hollands ten yards out and as Megan Connolly attempted to make a block Hollands’ shot appeared to take a deflection off Connolly and looped over Williams inside the far corner.

Williams made a good save to keep out a well-struck shot by van de Sanden before Albion made a triple change with Danielle Carter, Kayleigh Green and Dejana Stefanovic all coming on.

Liverpool went ahead in the 68th minute. Emma Kullberg went to clear a long ball forward under pressure from Kearns and inadvertently knocked the ball into Hollands’ path and she did well to squeeze the ball in from a tight angle on the left.

By Craig Galloway
Zoe Morse clears her lines.

Two of the subs combined to create a good chance with 14 minutes to go. Carter’s diagonal ball found Green and her cross was met by Robinson at the near post but her shot narrowly cleared the bar. The Lionness then met Green’s cross with a header at the far post but directed it straight at Laws.

Albion pushed forward in search of an equaliser in the closing stages and in the final minute Stefanovic’s header from Connolly’s corner forced Laws into a save as the hosts held firm.

Albion: L. Williams, Fox, Morse, Kullberg, Pattinson (Stott 84), Connolly, Bance, Sarri (Green 60), Lee (Stefanovic 60), Robinson, Terland (Carter 60).