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Women's Super League: Brighton & Hove Albion Women 0-4 Arsenal Women

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Arsenal seal WSL title with 4-0 win at Brighton

Arsenal sealed a first Women's Super League title since 2012 at the Amex Stadium as they beat Brighton in front of a new WSL-record crowd of 5,265.

The WSL's top scorer Vivianne Miedema fired in the opener off the underside of the bar early on, before feeding Katie McCabe to tuck in the second.

Beth Mead added a fine third, before Dutch midfielder Danielle van de Donk stroked home the fourth.

Victory clinched the title for the Gunners with one match to spare.

For the outstanding Miedema, her brilliantly-taken goal was her 22nd of the league campaign and she nearly added to her tally in second-half stoppage time, but headed on to the bar.

The Gunners - English women's football's most decorated club despite their seven-year wait for the title - become champions of England for the 15th time since first lifting the top-flight crown in 1993.

Victory also saw them secure a second domestic trophy under Australian first-team boss Joe Montemurro, adding to last season's WSL League Cup success.

Brighton, who were already safe from relegation, were playing at the home of their Premier League men's side for the first time, in the climax of their first season since promotion last summer.

Former England boss Hope Powell's side - who remain ninth in the table - impressed in spells but were unable to give the Gunners a major scare after the visitors had taken an early lead.

The new record crowd for the WSL era surpassed the previous mark of 5,052, which was set in a match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium in 2012.

Ahead of their now-less-significant final fixture at home to second-placed Manchester City on 11 May, Arsenal have won 17 of their 19 league games this term, dominating from start to finish.

Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro: "It's an amazing achievement to win the league title after that long, and doing so in the way we did it was very pleasing.

"I'm already thinking about what's to come to be honest and creating a base on which to build on.

"Man City and Chelsea have set the bar over the past three or four years and Arsenal need to be at that level.

"We put some strategies and long-term planning in when I arrived and I'm happy that the title has come a little earlier than I thought."

Brighton boss Hope Powell: "Obviously, Arsenal were deserved winners - they're a very good side.

"We found it tough. I thought we did a little better in the second half but we did expect it to be like this.

"We did our best to try and spoil their party but, for us, it was a massive learning curve against a top-quality side and we have to find the positives from it.

"For a lot of these players, it's their first time being in a professional environment. I think we've done fantastically well considering where we've come from."

Line-ups

Brighton Women

  • 1Hourihan
  • 8Barton
  • 5WhelanSubstituted forPeplowat 74'minutes
  • 20WilliamsBooked at 40mins
  • 3Gibbons
  • 4Buet
  • 10NatkielSubstituted forUmotongat 80'minutes
  • 21SimpkinsSubstituted forBrazilat 45'minutes
  • 27Connolly
  • 7Whelan
  • 15Green

Substitutes

  • 2Roe
  • 6Rafferty
  • 9Umotong
  • 11Nilden
  • 12Peplow
  • 16Brazil
  • 22Hartley

Arsenal Women

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 17EvansSubstituted forArnth Jensenat 80'minutes
  • 6WilliamsonSubstituted forSchnaderbeckat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16Quinn
  • 2Veje
  • 10Little
  • 15McCabeSubstituted forCarterat 77'minutes
  • 7van de Donk
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 23Mead
  • 11Miedema

Substitutes

  • 3Mitchell
  • 4Arnth Jensen
  • 9Carter
  • 21Kemme
  • 22Schnaderbeck
  • 34Harper
Referee:
Lucy Oliver
Attendance:
5,265

Match Stats

Home TeamBrighton WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home6
Away26
Shots on Target
Home2
Away10
Corners
Home1
Away15
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0, Arsenal Women 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0, Arsenal Women 4.

Attempt blocked. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Aileen Whelan.

Attempt missed. Megan Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Megan Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Viktoria Schnaderbeck (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Viktoria Schnaderbeck (Arsenal Women).

Ini-Abasi Umotong (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Kirsty Barton.

Attempt blocked. Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross.

Attempt saved. Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominique Bloodworth.

Attempt blocked. Katrine Veje (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Felicity Gibbons.

Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chloe Peplow (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Attempt saved. Aileen Whelan (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ini-Abasi Umotong.

Attempt missed. Katrine Veje (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Felicity Gibbons.

Substitution

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

Attempt missed. Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Dominique Bloodworth (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Janni Arnth replaces Lisa Evans.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Felicity Gibbons.

Foul by Dominique Bloodworth (Arsenal Women).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Danielle Carter replaces Katie McCabe.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0, Arsenal Women 4. Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kim Little.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Marie Hourihan.

Attempt saved. Louise Quinn (Arsenal Women) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross.

Substitution

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

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Fern Whelan.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Viktoria Schnaderbeck replaces Leah Williamson.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0, Arsenal Women 3. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniëlle van de Donk following a fast break.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Katrine Veje (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kayleigh Green (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Attempt missed. Louise Quinn (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women19170269135651
2Man City Women19145053163747
3B'ham City Women19121627171037
4Chelsea Women18106235122336
5Reading Women198383127427
6Bristol City Women207491734-1725
7West Ham Women1972102533-823
8Liverpool Women1961121837-1919
9Brighton Women1934121238-2613
10Everton Ladies1933131435-2112
11Yeovil Town Ladies1821151150-39-3
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