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Women's Super League: Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Birmingham City

Lea Le Garrec's stunning strike helped Brighton & Hove Albion on their way to a first Women's Super League victory of the season against Birmingham City.

Brighton, winless in each of their opening five league fixtures, went in front through Kayleigh Green's confident penalty into the roof of the net.

The referee had pointed to the spot after a foul on Ellie Brazil, who received lengthy treatment before eventually being withdrawn.

France midfielder Le Garrec doubled the hosts' lead shortly before the break at Amex Stadium, crashing a shot in off the underside of the crossbar from 25 yards.

Green made the game safe in the second half, meeting Le Garrec's corner to add further gloss to the scoreline.

The margin of victory might have been even more emphatic for Hope Powell's team, with Emily Simpkins first having a strike disallowed for offside and then heading against the woodwork.

Abbi Grant had the visitors' best opportunity, dinking wide after going clean through, as Birmingham failed to register a single shot on target in the game.

Brighton's victory lifted them above Birmingham in the WSL table, while Blues are just two points above bottom side Liverpool, although they do have a game in hand.

Line-ups

Brighton Women

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Walsh
  • 8Barton
  • 5Whelan
  • 21Le Tissier
  • 3Gibbons
  • 16BrazilSubstituted forLundorf Skovsenat 20'minutes
  • 19Simpkins
  • 4BowmanSubstituted forNildénat 79'minutes
  • 7Whelan
  • 27Le Garrec
  • 15Green

Substitutes

  • 10Natkiel
  • 11Nildén
  • 12Lundorf Skovsen
  • 13Harris
  • 14Kerkdijk
  • 20Williams
  • 26Bance

B'ham City Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hampton
  • 7Arthur
  • 3Scott
  • 25Holloway
  • 15Jordan
  • 19Whipp
  • 10Visalli
  • 23GregorySubstituted forSimkinat 62'minutes
  • 18Scofield
  • 11Grant
  • 20Walker

Substitutes

  • 13Brooks
  • 24Rabjohn
  • 26Simkin
  • 27Jones
Referee:
Helen Conley
Attendance:
4,130

Match Stats

Home TeamBrighton WomenAway TeamB'ham City Women
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 3, Birmingham City Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 3, Birmingham City Women 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Brianna Visalli (Birmingham City Women).

  4. Post update

    Emily Simpkins (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Amanda Nildén tries a through ball, but Léa Le Garrec is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Léa Le Garrec (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aileen Whelan.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Matilde Lundorf Skovsen tries a through ball, but Emily Simpkins is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brianna Visalli (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Emily Simpkins.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brianna Visalli (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Kirsty Barton.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Brianna Visalli (Birmingham City Women).

  13. Post update

    Felicity Gibbons (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Amanda Nildén replaces Danielle Bowman.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lily Simkin.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Emily Simpkins tries a through ball, but Léa Le Garrec is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Harriet Scott (Birmingham City Women).

  18. Post update

    Léa Le Garrec (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 3, Birmingham City Women 0. Kayleigh Green (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Léa Le Garrec with a cross following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women6510123916
2Man City Women65011211115
3Arsenal Women6501113815
4Everton Women640284412
5Man Utd Women63037349
6Tottenham Women630357-29
7Reading Women521279-27
8West Ham Women6204613-76
9Brighton Women6123510-55
10B'ham City Women510428-63
11Bristol City Women6033512-73
12Liverpool Women601518-71
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