Brighton equaliser splits the points at Broadfield

Match action during the Continental Cup quarter final match between Manchester United Women and Brighton and Hove Albion Women during the 2019/20 season at the Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, on the 15th January 2020

Brighton & Hove Albion held Manchester United to a draw after a dramatic equaliser on the stroke of half-time at Broadfield Stadium.

The game got underway to an incredible start as Man United took the lead just 15 seconds in. Lauren James forced an error from goalkeeper Megan Walsh, who couldn’t deal with the starlet’s pressure.

Walsh put the ball into her own net, gifting United an extremely early lead.

Despite a perfect start, the Red Devils failed to put the game to bed. Brighton punished them just before the break through Aileen Whelan who headed the equaliser past Mary Earps.

Tricky Conditions 

Following a clean sweep of Women’s Super League games being called off due to storm Ciara, Man United faced a long trip to West Sussex where the aftermath of the storm was still in effect. 

Casey Stoney named a side without the attacking power of Leah Galton and Kirsty Hanson. This forced Jane Ross to occupy an unnatural wing position. 

The lack of attacking flair showed in United’s performance, who weren’t able to muster up many clear-cut chances. The Reds came close to restoring their lead in the second half through Ella Toone, but her effort was saved by Brighton’s No.1.

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United currently sit fifth in the table, dropping down a spot after Reading’s win over West Ham. However, they are only a point behind with a game in hand.

Although, with only two wins in their last five WSL games, the chance of sinking lower down the table looks very real. Everton and Tottenham lurk just one and two points behind United respectively. 

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Also, with questionable decisions in United’s lineup, fans may be looking for changes to Stoney’s side as they face upcoming opponents Everton in 11 days’ time.

Brighton continue to put more daylight between them and the ongoing battle at the bottom of the table. The Seagulls look comfortable in ninth place on 13 points, seven points away from the relegation zone.

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