Brighton & Hove Albion eased their relegation worries with a 1-0 victory over Everton at The People’s Pension Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Hope Powell’s side were only three points above the relegation place in ninth position going into this match where they faced an Everton side who are having a good season under manager Willie Kirk and were occupying fifth place in the FA Women’s Super League table.
It was a cloudy but fairly mild afternoon in Crawley where Brighton & Hove Albion started well and put in a couple of dangerous low crosses that came to nothing. Megan Connolly forced Everton goalkeeper Sandy MacIver into making a good save as they looked to open the scoring.
The best that Everton could manage were a few long range shots that were easily saved by Megan Walsh in the Brighton & Hove Albion goal.
Powell’s side deservedly took the lead after 38 minutes when Alieen Whelan scored with a nice finish from inside the area. Albion had a few further half chances before the half-time whistle but maintained their 1-0 advantage.
Everton were better in the second half and Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah had an effort blocked by Walsh after a
defensive mistake before Gabby George headed tamely wide.
The home side didn’t have any real chances of note during the second period. Everton put on pressure in the last 15 minutes looking for an equaliser and saw a Hannah Cain effort saved before Boye-Hlorkah had a shot deflected wide and Taylor Hinds put a long range shot over. In injury time, Cain put a shot over the bar with what was the last chance of the game.
There was a loud cheer from the majority of the 830 in attendance as the final whistle sounded and Brighton & Hove Albion got the three points that moves them six points clear of the relegation spot though they have played more matches than those below them.
By Paul Donegan (@PaulDonegan1980)