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

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WSL highlights: Brighton & Hove Albion Women 3-0 Birmingham City Women

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referee had pointed to the spot after a foul on Ellie Brazil, who received lengthy treatment before eventually being withdrawn.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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Full Time

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

Foul by Brianna Visalli (Birmingham City Women).

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

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

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.

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

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

Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Emily Simpkins.

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

Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Kirsty Barton.

Foul by Brianna Visalli (Birmingham City Women).

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

Substitution

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

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.

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

Foul by Harriet Scott (Birmingham City Women).

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

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

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.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Lily Simkin.

Attempt blocked. Kayleigh Green (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Léa Le Garrec with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Hannah Hampton.

Attempt saved. Danielle Bowman (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kayleigh Green.

Attempt missed. Connie Scofield (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rebecca Holloway following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Emily Simpkins (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

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

Attempt missed. Abbi Grant (Birmingham City Women) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Adrienne Jordan following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Lily Simkin replaces Freya Gregory because of an injury.

Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Kirsty Barton.

Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Fern Whelan.

Connie Scofield (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Felicity Gibbons (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Attempt blocked. Matilde Lundorf Skovsen (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kirsty Barton.

Second Half

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2, Birmingham City Women 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2, Birmingham City Women 0.

Foul by Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City Women).

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

Attempt saved. Danielle Bowman (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kayleigh Green.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2, Birmingham City Women 0. Léa Le Garrec (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

goal

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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