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Brighton & Hove Albion Women 1-7 Manchester City Women: Steph Houghton and Caroline Weir doubles inspire Blues

Manchester City moved up to third as they cruised to a fourth straight Women's Super League win with a seven-goal haul at Brighton.

Caroline Weir poked in the opener and added a fine second moments later before Steph Houghton bundled in a third.

Ellen White converted Chloe Kelly's cross before Houghton, who became the first player to make 150 WSL appearances, fired in a free-kick.

Rianna Jarrett pulled one back, but Kelly finished a flowing move and then set up Janine Beckie to slot a seventh.

Brighton are the only team to have shut out City in the league this season - and the first since Arsenal in October 2019 - but Gareth Taylor's side have since hit their stride, racking up 29 goals in their past six league outings and 15 in their past two.

Weir had scored just once this season, but almost completed a first-half hat-trick after dancing through the home defence only to be denied by Cecilie Fiskerstrand's impressive stop.

There was also an unlikely hat-trick chance for Houghton after the England centre-half marked her landmark appearance with a superb dipping free-kick before Jarrett was sent clear to fire Brighton's first-ever goal against City.

However, the standout display came from Kelly, who was unstoppable and could have had more than her three assists, leading wave after wave of attacks from the relentless visitors.

City, who extended their unbeaten league run to seven, are five points off leaders Manchester United with a game in hand, while Brighton stay ninth after a fifth defeat in seven.

Line-ups

Brighton Women

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Fiskerstrand
  • 15Green
  • 5KerkdijkSubstituted forBanceat 77'minutes
  • 6Le Tissier
  • 8Connolly
  • 16Brazil
  • 7Whelan
  • 4Bowman
  • 10Kaagman
  • 23JarrettSubstituted forSimpkinsat 87'minutes
  • 11Heroum

Substitutes

  • 1Walsh
  • 2Roe
  • 19Simpkins
  • 20Williams
  • 32Bance

Man City Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 26Roebuck
  • 20Bronze
  • 6HoughtonSubstituted forDaviesat 81'minutes
  • 27Greenwood
  • 14Morgan
  • 10Stanway
  • 24Walsh
  • 19WeirSubstituted forCoombsat 45'minutes
  • 9Kelly
  • 18WhiteSubstituted forParkat 67'minutes
  • 15HempSubstituted forBeckieat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bardsley
  • 7Coombs
  • 11Beckie
  • 16Park
  • 36Window
  • 37Phillips
  • 38Ravening
  • 39Davies
Referee:
Lisa Benn

Match Stats

Home TeamBrighton WomenAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home21%
Away79%
Shots
Home4
Away20
Shots on Target
Home2
Away11
Corners
Home0
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1, Manchester City Women 7.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1, Manchester City Women 7.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Millie Davies.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Laura Coombs (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Chloe Kelly with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Libby Bance (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Emily Simpkins replaces Rianna Jarrett.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Libby Bance.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Millie Davies replaces Stephanie Houghton.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chloe Kelly with a cross.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1, Manchester City Women 7. Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Chloe Kelly with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Libby Bance replaces Danique Kerkdijk.

  14. Post update

    Alex Greenwood (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Inessa Kaagman (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1, Manchester City Women 6. Chloe Kelly (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Laura Coombs with a through ball.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Kayleigh Green.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1, Manchester City Women 5. Rianna Jarrett (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ellie Brazil (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd Women1292130111929
2Chelsea Women108203062426
3Man City Women1173137102724
4Arsenal Women117223993023
5Everton Women105232115617
6Reading Women133641623-715
7Tottenham Women103341318-512
8B'ham City Women10316915-610
9Brighton Women12237826-189
10West Ham Women102171324-117
11Aston Villa Women102171026-167
12Bristol City Women11029649-432
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