WSL: Brighton and Man United share spoils in four-goal draw

Guro Bergsvand of Brighton scores vs Man United
Guro Bergsvand of Brighton scores during the Barclays Women's Super League match against Manchester United (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

In the final Women’s Super League game of the weekend, Brighton earned themselves a point after a draw against Manchester United.

The Seagulls had taken three points from a possible 12 heading into the tie. Meanwhile, the Reds were one of only two sides still unbeaten after Manchester City conceded a late goal away to Arsenal.

Starting XIs

Brighton

Baggaley; Thorisdottir, Bergsvand, Bremer, Olme, Terland, Carabali, Kullberg, Symonds, Haley, Robinson

Manchester United

Earps; Le Tissier, Blundell, Toone, Malard, Zelem, Galton, Riviere, Miyazawa, Turner, Geyse

How it went

After a dominant opening spell from Man United, Brighton began to find their rhythm as the first half progressed. Despite good chances for Marc Skinner’s side, it was Elisabeth Terland who got the goal-scoring action underway in the 30th minute.

The Norwegian international slotted the ball beyond Mary Earps from 15 yards out to put the hosts ahead. Barely four minutes later, it appeared Brazilian international Geyse had found a quick equaliser, however her effort was deflected by the post, having beaten Sophie Baggaley.

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Despite numerous chances for United, Baggaley was more than equal to the danger for the majority of the second half. The 79th minute finally saw the Reds pull a goal back as Ella Toone blasted the ball home from inside the area.

The final ten minutes of the tie saw frantic clearances in both boxes. Earps especially was forced to pull off several saves in quick succession.

An apparent late winner for the hosts saw Guro Bergsvand head the ball home from a corner to seemingly snatch all three points at the death. An injury-time equaliser from Rachel Williams saw Brighton’s lead vanish as the ball was headed home from a corner.

The draw means the hosts remain eighth in the league, with three points separating them from Leicester. Man United finished the weekend sixth in the table, having taken nine points from their opening five games.

Who is up next?

Brighton will face an away day to Manchester City before hosting Arsenal in the league and West Ham in the FA Cup.

United will go on a run of three home ties after back-to-back away games. The Reds will welcome Everton in the League Cup ahead of their meeting with West Ham in the league. Skinner’s side will finish the run of games with a showpiece Manchester Derby at Old Trafford.

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