Brighton & Hove Albion Women 1-2 Manchester City Women



Brighton & Hove Albion Women 1-2 Manchester City Women

Khadija Shaw struck an 89th-minute winner as Manchester City overcame Brighton to keep their Women’s Super League title hopes alive.

Shaw, the WSL’s top-scorer, finished off a slick move to put the visitors in front after 21 minutes before Elisabeth Terland levelled for Brighton 12 minutes later.

City were the dominant side for much of the game but despite spending the majority of the second half in Brighton territory, looked like they would have to settle for a point.

However, the pressure finally told and Shaw collected a loose ball just inside the penalty area and hit a low left-footed shot past a helpless Megan Walsh in the Brighton goal.

The win extends City’s unbeaten run to 13 WSL games and puts them level on points with rivals Manchester United in second place, just two points behind leaders Chelsea, although Gareth Taylor’s side have played a game more.

Brighton remain in 11th with eight points and face a battle to retain their top-flight status.

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Better late than never for Man City

When Chloe Kelly’s fierce shot whistled across the face of goal and just wide of the post with just two minutes remaining, it looked like City’s wait for a first WSL title since 2016 would continue for another year.

Little more than 60 seconds later, Shaw was wheeling away in celebration and City are dreaming again.

Up until that point, it had been a frustrating afternoon for the visitors at Broadfield Stadium with chances going begging and even when they did convert one – Shaw combining brilliantly with Yui Hasegawa before slotting past Walsh – they soon let Brighton back in.

The home side, led by interim manager Amy Merricks, had seen two goals disallowed already before Terland cut back on to her right foot to curl into the far corner to round off a swift counter-attack.

Brighton’s threat on the break and their inability to quell it only added to City’s frustrations.

Kelly saw a powerful strike tipped over the bar by Walsh, while Shaw was also denied by the Brighton stopper and had another effort deflected wide.

But their persistence was rewarded eventually and, with a huge home game against Chelsea to come in two weeks’ time, the WSL title is still there to be won and Shaw’s late goal could prove an even more crucial moment come the end of the season.

Source – BBC Sport



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