Brighton teeter above WSL drop zone after being edged out by Liverpool

Liverpool celebrate after their Women's Super League win against Everton
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 24: Gemma Bonner and Shanice van de Sanden of Liverpool react after the FA Women's Super League match between Everton FC and Liverpool at Goodison Park on March 24, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

With just a handful of games remaining in the Women’s Super League season, Liverpool took on Brighton, who are fighting to keep themselves away from a relegation battle.

Although the Seagulls managed to take the lead through Elisabeth Terland, the Reds hit back to take all three points thanks to a Ceri Holland brace.

The two sides had previously met back in November, with the match ending in a memorable 3-3 draw. 

Liverpool vs Brighton — Starting XIs

Liverpool 

Laws; Koivisto, Robe, Matthews, Kearns, Nagano, Hinds, Holland, Van De Sanden, Stengel, Dowie

Brighton

L. Williams; Pattinson, Kullberg, Morse, Fox, Bance, Robinson, Connolly, Sarri, Lee, Terland 

How it went

Following a first half littered with half chances and good spells of play, it appeared that the opening 45 minutes of the tie would end goalless. Whilst Brighton had enjoyed the majority of the possession, it was the hosts who had the most chances, although all were easily dealt with by the two goalkeepers.

Just seven minutes before the half-time whistle, the visitors were finally able to find the opening goal. An absolute stunner from Terland was enough to break the deadlock. Spotting Rachel Laws off her line, the Norweigan’s strike flew into the top of the Liverpool net to give Brighton an important lead.

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However, the Seagulls’ hopes slipped away after the break, as Holland responded with an influential double for Liverpool.

The midfielder capitalised on a well placed through ball to equalise for the Reds, and 16 minutes later, she bagged her brace for the afternoon. The No.18 fired the ball home from a tight angle to put her side into the lead with 20 minutes to go.

With the hosts taking 100 per cent of the spoils, Matt Beard’s side sit seventh in the table on 19 points. Meanwhile, Brighton have their work cut out for them as they teeter just two point above the drop zone.

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