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Brighton & Hove Albion Women 2-1 Birmingham City Women

Ellie Brazil (third from left) scores a goal for Brighton against Birmingham City
Ellie Brazil's second-half header secured Brighton's first win in four league games

Brighton came from behind to beat Birmingham and record just their third win of the Women's Super League season.

The Blues took the lead when Ellen White latched on to Lucy Staniforth's chipped ball and her powerful shot squirmed past Sophie Harris.

But Kayleigh Green headed home Aileen Whelan's cross to draw the Seagulls level just three minutes later.

Ellie Brazil nodded in a corner from Megan Connolly to move Brighton nine points clear of bottom club Yeovil.

Hope Powell's Albion are in their first top-flight campaign but their hopes of securing a second season in the WSL will have been boosted by a crucial victory.

The Glovers have played two games fewer than the Sussex side, but have won just once this season, and they host the Seagulls on Wednesday, 13 March.

Birmingham suffered a third defeat in five league games and now trail third-placed Chelsea by four points.

Line-ups

Brighton Women

  • 19Harris
  • 20Williams
  • 5Whelan
  • 4Buet
  • 3Gibbons
  • 16Brazil
  • 27Connolly
  • 21Simpkins
  • 7WhelanSubstituted forPeplowat 90+4'minutes
  • 9UmotongSubstituted forNatkielat 69'minutes
  • 15GreenSubstituted forNildenat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hourihan
  • 2Roe
  • 8Barton
  • 10Natkiel
  • 11Nilden
  • 12Peplow

B'ham City Women

  • 29Hampton
  • 8Mayling
  • 25Mannion
  • 6Harrop
  • 2Williams
  • 4Ladd
  • 13EwersSubstituted forArthurat 86'minutes
  • 15WellingsSubstituted forWalkerat 77'minutes
  • 37Staniforth
  • 14FollisSubstituted forSargeantat 81'minutes
  • 9White

Substitutes

  • 1Brooks
  • 3Sargeant
  • 7Arthur
  • 11Quinn
  • 18Scofield
  • 20Walker
  • 23Scott
Referee:
Abigail Marriott
Attendance:
358

Match Stats

Home TeamBrighton WomenAway TeamB'ham City Women
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2, Birmingham City Women 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2, Birmingham City Women 1.

Foul by Claudia Walker (Birmingham City Women).

Chloe Peplow (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Birmingham City Women. Chloe Arthur tries a through ball, but Kerys Harrop is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Chloe Peplow replaces Aileen Whelan because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aileen Whelan (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Claudia Walker.

Attempt missed. Claudia Walker (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Amanda Nilden replaces Kayleigh Green.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Chloe Arthur replaces Marisa Ewers.

Foul by Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Women).

Ellie Brazil (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marisa Ewers (Birmingham City Women).

Kayleigh Green (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Meaghan Sargeant replaces Emma Follis.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Emma Follis (Birmingham City Women) because of an injury.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Sophie Harris tries a through ball, but Kayleigh Green is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Claudia Walker replaces Charlie Wellings.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Kerys Harrop.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2, Birmingham City Women 1. Ellie Brazil (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Megan Connolly with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Ellen White.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Aoife Mannion.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Kate Natkiel replaces Ini-Abasi Umotong.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kayleigh Green (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sarah Mayling.

Attempt missed. Marisa Ewers (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Aoife Mannion.

Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Victoria Williams.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Aoife Mannion.

Attempt missed. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth.

Attempt saved. Ellen White (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sarah Mayling with a cross.

Hayley Ladd (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Megan Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Attempt saved. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Paige Williams.

Ellen White (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Fern Whelan (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women16115045113438
2Arsenal Women14120253114236
3Chelsea Women1695230111932
4B'ham City Women159152014628
5Bristol City Women156451322-922
6West Ham Women156182128-719
7Reading Women145361920-118
8Liverpool Women145181122-1116
9Brighton Women1633101132-2112
10Everton Ladies13139826-186
11Yeovil Town Ladies141013842-343
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