Manchester United’s impressive home form continued as they beat Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at the Leigh Sports Village this afternoon.
Two goals either side of half-time from Leah Galton and a goal each from Lauren James and Katie Zelem saw The Reds ease beyond The Seagulls.
It was the home side who settled into the game early on and did not have to wait long for the first chance of the game. Captain Katie Zelem found space in the box but saw her shot saved well by Megan Walsh. As a result, Millie Turner was quickest to react firing home from close range, only to see her effort ruled out for offside. Nevertheless, United took the lead two minutes later. And it was excellent build up play down the left between Jackie Groenen and Galton that set up Lauren James, who finished well past Walsh.
Brighton & Hove Albion struggled to keep hold of possession and found themselves 2-0 down just before the half-hour mark. After good work on the edge of the Brighton & Hove Albion box, United skipper Zelem was able to find Galton in space who finished well. United nearly added a third through James. The forward was played through one-on-one with the keeper only to be denied by the feet of Walsh.
United too strong
Brighton & Hove Albion brought on Imi Umotong at half-time but the striker failed to make an impact as United continued to dominate. It was Millie Turner who had the best chance early in the second half. The defender was left unmarked five yards out but glanced her header just wide of the Albion goal. On the other hand, the visitors’ only real shot in the second half came from a Lea Le Garrec free-kick, however, the French midfielder saw her effort easily saved by England goalkeeper Mary Earps.
The Reds continued to push for a third and with 20 minutes to play they found it. Galton was on hand to score her second of the afternoon to put the game beyond The Seagulls. After more great build up play down the right it was Kirsty Hanson who crossed for Galton to score. There was still time for Casey Stoney’s side to grab a fourth with four minutes left to play. A tired looking tackle from Kayleigh Green on Hanson in the box resulted in a United penalty. Subsequently, Zelem stepped up and fired the ball into the bottom corner after sending Walsh the wrong way.
Brighton & Hove Albion host Reading at The People’s Pension Stadium on Friday night as they look to get back to winning ways. Manchester United travel to West Ham United on Sunday in their next match.
Brighton & Hove Albion;
Walsh, Gibbons, Le Tissier, Kerkdijk, Barton, A. Nilden (Umotong), Simpkins, Bowman, A. Whelen, Le Garrec, K. Green
Earps, A. Turner, McManus, M. Turner, Harris, Ladd, Zelem, Hanson, Groenen (Toone), Galton (Sigsworth), James (Ross)