Brighton's Rianna Jarrett in action with Crystal Palace's Andrea Georgiou Crystal Palace Women v Brighton and Hove Albion Women, WomenÂ’s FA Cup Quarter Final football match, The H2T Group Stadium, London, UK - 25 Feb 2020 Photo: Alan Walter for The FA

Brighton & Hove Albion striker’s debut double enough to merit contract extension

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Rianna Jarrett’s brace in her side’s 3-0 Women’s FA Cup fifth round victory at Crystal Palace in February should be enough for manager Hope Powell to consider offering her a new deal at The People’s Pension Stadium for next season.

The 25-year-old Wexford-born forward joined Albion on a short term deal in January which will expire on 30 June but Jarrett is thought to be keen to prove herself in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

A combination of bad weather and the Coronavirus pandemic has restricted Jarrett to just one outing in an Albion shirt but the former Wexford Youths player has surely shown enough promise in her short audition in Sussex to merit another chance with The Seagulls next season.

The striker’s only appearance for Powell’s side to date saw her make a considerable contribution. Jarrett opened the scoring against second tier outfit Crystal Palace in her side’s Women’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Hayes Lane in February with a stunning effort from range, a strike which could only be described as a contender for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Goal of the Season award. She followed up her debut goal with another from close range in the second half before Ini Umotong’s effort capped-off a fine 3-0 victory.

Brighton & Hove Albion were the fourth-lowest scorers in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season with a goal average of just 0.68 goals per game and extending Jarrett’s contract this summer could provide the club with an answer to their lack of goals.

Aileen Whelan is The Seagulls’ top scorer this season with five goals while Kayleigh Green has two and Umotong has netted just once.

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