Brighton v Man Utd
Manchester United have slipped to fourth in the Women’s Super League table

Inessa Kaagman’s penalty enabled Brighton to inflict a major blow on Manchester United’s Champions League ambitions with victory at People’s Pension Stadium.

The Dutch midfielder blasted home from the spot to secure the points as her side recovered from last week’s 5-0 thrashing by Everton.

It was United’s third successive away defeat – which saw them slip behind Arsenal in the battle for third place and a European spot.

The Seagulls, who tasted Women’s Super League success against United for the first time, remain sixth, but now have a four-point cushion over seventh-placed Reading.

Brighton began strongly, going in front when Kaagman thumped the 25th-minute spot-kick into the roof of the net after a foul in the box by United defender Maria Thorisdottir.

The visitors responded well after falling behind and Millie Turner might have brought them level, heading Lucy Staniforth’s free-kick narrowly over the bar.

But Seagulls striker Rianna Jarrett almost made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time, bursting through only to be denied by Mary Earps.

Although Casey Stoney’s side controlled the bulk of possession after the break, they found their hosts’ defence in defiant mood.

United’s clearest opportunity to salvage a point fell to Jess Sigsworth, who was denied by a superb diving stop from Megan Walsh.

Katie Zelem headed wide late on as the visitors stepped up the pressure, but Brighton dug in and survived six minutes of added time to clinch victory.

Line-ups

Brighton Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Walsh
  • 12Koivisto
  • 6Le Tissier
  • 20WilliamsSubstituted forRoeat 53′minutes
  • 3Gibbons
  • 8Connolly
  • 10KaagmanSubstituted forBanceat 83′minutes
  • 15Green
  • 7Whelan
  • 16BrazilBooked at 45mins
  • 23JarrettSubstituted forSymondsat 75′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Roe
  • 11Heroum
  • 19Simpkins
  • 24Symonds
  • 25Fiskerstrand
  • 26Olding
  • 32Bance
  • 40Startup

Man Utd Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Earps
  • 2Harris
  • 3ThorisdottirBooked at 24mins
  • 21Turner
  • 17Batlle
  • 14Groenen
  • 10Zelem
  • 18HansonSubstituted forTurnerat 90+2′minutes
  • 7TooneSubstituted forRossat 68′minutes
  • 16JamesSubstituted forStaniforthat 38′minutes
  • 9Sigsworth

Substitutes

  • 4Turner
  • 19Ross
  • 20Smith
  • 22Bentley
  • 28Jones
  • 32Bourne
  • 37Staniforth

Referee:
Abigail Byrne

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1, Manchester United Women 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1, Manchester United Women 0.

  3. Offside, Manchester United Women. Maria Thorisdottir tries a through ball, but Jackie Groenen is caught offside.

  4. Foul by Amy Turner (Manchester United Women).

  5. Maisie Symonds (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution, Manchester United Women. Amy Turner replaces Kirsty Hanson.

  7. Attempt missed. Katie Zelem (Manchester United Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth with a cross following a corner.

  8. Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Libby Bance.

  9. Attempt blocked. Katie Zelem (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Foul by Martha Harris (Manchester United Women).

  11. Ellie Brazil (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Libby Bance replaces Inessa Kaagman.

  13. Attempt blocked. Kirsty Hanson (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Emma Koivisto.

  15. Foul by Kirsty Hanson (Manchester United Women).

  16. Bethan Roe (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Maisie Symonds replaces Rianna Jarrett.

  18. Attempt missed. Katie Zelem (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth with a cross following a corner.

  19. Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Ellie Brazil.

  20. Attempt saved. Emma Koivisto (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Megan Connolly.

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