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Arsenal Women 4-1 Brighton & Hove Albion Women: Gunners win ninth game in a row

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WSL Highlights: Arsenal Women 4-1 Brighton & Hove Albion Women

Leaders Arsenal overcame an early Ini Umotong goal to ease past Brighton and keep their 100% WSL record intact.

Umotong put Albion ahead against the run of play as she coolly finished after a mistake from Leah Williamson.

But the Gunners turned on the style as Vivianne Miedema levelled before goals from Dominique Bloodworth and Danielle van de Donk put them in control.

Beth Mead, Lia Walti and Miedema all went close after the break before Mead curled in the fourth late on.

The Gunners made an excellent start - Miedema forced a great save from Marie Hourihan while Van de Donk hit the post.

Umotong's first-ever WSL goal was almost followed by a second for Brighton, but Victoria Williams could not connect properly with a volley.

From there Arsenal began to dominate - Katie McCabe and Miedema going close before they equalised. It came moments after Kayleigh Green had seen her long-range shot touched onto the Arsenal crossbar.

The Gunners raced down the other end and capitalised on confusion in the Brighton defence that allowed Miedema the chance to round goalkeeper Hourihan for her 14th league goal of the season.

Within minutes they were ahead as Bloodworth converted from close range with Miedema turning provider with the cutback.

Van de Donk headed in the third from a corner before the game dropped in pace after the interval.

Arsenal continued to threaten, but it took until the final 10 minutes before they broke through again as Mead's right-footed effort from the left corner of the box evaded Hourihan.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 17Evans
  • 6Williamson
  • 16Quinn
  • 3MitchellSubstituted forGayleat 81'minutes
  • 23Mead
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 19Wälti
  • 7van de DonkSubstituted forKuykenat 81'minutes
  • 11MiedemaSubstituted forGrantat 89'minutes
  • 15McCabe

Substitutes

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 24Kuyken
  • 27Grant
  • 28Gayle

Brighton Women

  • 1Hourihan
  • 8Barton
  • 6Rafferty
  • 20Williams
  • 17Perry
  • 10Natkiel
  • 15GreenSubstituted forBrettat 86'minutes
  • 12Peplow
  • 14LeggSubstituted forBrazilat 45'minutes
  • 7Whelan
  • 9Umotong

Substitutes

  • 3Gibbons
  • 13Gillett
  • 16Brazil
  • 18Brett
  • 19Harris
  • 21Simpkins
  • 23Le Tissier
Attendance:
1,237

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamBrighton Women
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home30
Away4
Shots on Target
Home13
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal Women 4, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 4, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Sophie Perry.

Attempt blocked. Dominique Bloodworth (Arsenal Women) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Kate Natkiel.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Ruby Grant replaces Vivianne Miedema.

Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Victoria Williams (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Jodie Brett replaces Kayleigh Green.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Ava Kuyken replaces Daniëlle van de Donk.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Paige Bailey Gayle replaces Emma Mitchell.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal Women 4, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniëlle van de Donk.

Attempt saved. Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chloe Peplow (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Foul by Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women).

Aileen Whelan (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women).

Ini-Abasi Umotong (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ini-Abasi Umotong (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ellie Brazil with a cross.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kate Natkiel (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Attempt saved. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lia Wälti.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Victoria Williams (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kirsty Barton (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Attempt missed. Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Beth Mead.

Foul by Dominique Bloodworth (Arsenal Women).

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

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Ini-Abasi Umotong.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Sophie Perry.

Attempt missed. Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ellie Brazil (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Attempt missed. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lisa Evans.

Attempt missed. Lisa Evans (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ellie Brazil (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Attempt blocked. Dominique Bloodworth (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women99004253727
2Man City Women96303062421
3B'ham City Women9612126619
4Reading Women95221510517
5Chelsea Women9441105516
6Bristol City Women9324714-711
7West Ham Women93151019-910
8Liverpool Women9306515-109
9Brighton Women9117723-164
10Yeovil Town Ladies9108528-233
11Everton Ladies8026517-122
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