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Brighton 3-1 Bristol City: Robins relegated from Women's Super League

Bristol City have been relegated from the Women's Super League after losing to Brighton.

The Robins started the day bottom of the table and knew they would have to win to stand any chance of staying up.

However, they fell behind early on to Maya Le Tissier's close-range finish.

Lee Geum-min rattled home a second after the break before Abi Harrison bundled in from close range to reduce the deficit, only for Inessa Kaagman's deflected free-kick to seal it.

To their credit, Matt Beard's side did not give up after falling two behind and briefly threatened an unlikely comeback when Harrison made it 2-1 but they came up short and ultimately finished two points adrift of second-bottom Birmingham City.

For Hope Powell's Brighton, two wins from their final four games secured a sixth-placed finish, their best in the WSL.

Season of struggle ends in relegation

Relegation had always looked likely in a very tough season for Bristol City.

They managed just two wins from their 22 league games and conceded 72 goals, 25 more than anyone else.

They were bottom with just two points from their opening 10 games when former West Ham boss Beard took over until the end of the campaign, after Tanya Oxtoby went off on maternity leave in January.

Beard led them to two wins from his first five matches in charge to move off the foot of the table on 8 March.

That was as good as it got though as they failed to win any of their final seven matches and return to the second tier after four seasons back in the top flight.

Line-ups

Brighton Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Fiskerstrand
  • 12Koivisto
  • 20Williams
  • 6Le Tissier
  • 3Gibbons
  • 10Kaagman
  • 19Simpkins
  • 15GreenBooked at 89minsSubstituted forBanceat 90+3'minutes
  • 16Brazil
  • 7Whelan
  • 9LeeBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 1Walsh
  • 2Roe
  • 5Kerkdijk
  • 8Connolly
  • 11Heroum
  • 23Jarrett
  • 24Symonds
  • 26Olding
  • 32Bance

Bristol City Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Baggaley
  • 2BrysonSubstituted forPalmerat 55'minutes
  • 16Sargeant
  • 3Evans
  • 23Purfield
  • 8HumphreySubstituted forBissellat 55'minutes
  • 29SkeelsSubstituted forAllenat 89'minutes
  • 10Daniels
  • 7Pike
  • 9SalmonBooked at 45mins
  • 11WellingsSubstituted forHarrisonat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Allen
  • 13Haland
  • 14Palmer
  • 15Wynne
  • 17Bissell
  • 18Collis
  • 21Harrison
  • 27Woolley
Referee:
Amy Fearns

Match Stats

Home TeamBrighton WomenAway TeamBristol City Women
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away21

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 3, Bristol City Women 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 3, Bristol City Women 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Libby Bance replaces Kayleigh Green.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City Women. Conceded by Felicity Gibbons.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City Women. Flo Allen replaces Kiera Skeels.

  6. Booking

    Kayleigh Green (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Aimee Palmer (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ebony Salmon (Bristol City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emma Bissell.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ellie Brazil (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Bristol City Women. Ebony Salmon tries a through ball, but Abigail Harrison is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Jemma Purfield.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jemma Purfield (Bristol City Women).

  15. Booking

    Lee Geum-Min (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lee Geum-Min (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

  17. Post update

    Yana Daniels (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Abigail Harrison (Bristol City Women).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Sophie Baggaley.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women22183169105957
2Man City Women22174165135255
3Arsenal Women22153463154848
4Man Utd Women22152544202447
5Everton Women229583930932
6Brighton Women2283112141-2027
7Reading Women225982541-1624
8Tottenham Women2255121841-2320
9West Ham Women2236132139-1815
10Aston Villa Women2236131547-3215
11B'ham City Women2236131544-2914
12Bristol City Women2226141872-5412
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