More WSL blues for Brighton and Hove Albion at Chelsea

Posted On 08 Mar 2023 at 9:48 pm

Brighton and Hove Albion suffered more WSL blues in a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea this evening (Wednesday 8 March).

Guro Reiten and Jess Carter scored twice in nine first-half minutes and Johanna Rytting Kaneryd sealed the three points 19 minutes from time.

Danielle Carter struck late for the Seagulls but her goal was merely a consolation.

The hosts took the lead from a penalty when Sam Kerr was brought down inside the area by Zoe Morse and Reiten stepped up to the spot.

The Blues quickly had a second when Jess Carter swept the ball home at the near post.

Chelsea wrapped up the win on 71 minutes when Kerr unselfishly squared the ball to Kaneryd, who tapped it home into an empty net.

Brighton continued to plug away and were rewarded with a much-deserved goal as Carter rounded off a counter-attack two minutes from time.

The win helped the hosts to close the gap on Manchester United at the top of the Women’s Super League to just one point – and with a game in hand.

Emma Hayes’s defending champions moved two points clear of Manchester City as the WSL title race hots up.

Meanwhile, Arsenal reignited their title hopes by ending a run of three league games without a win.

They beat Liverpool 2-0 after first-half goals from Stina Blackstenius and Caitlin Foord at Meadow Park.

Arsenal, who clinched the League Cup at the weekend, were ahead through Blackstenius’s thumping effort from outside the box and into the roof of the net after 28 minutes.

Foord doubled Arsenal’s lead six minutes later when she was on hand to tap home a rebound after Blackstenius’s powerful shot was parried back into play by Rachael Laws.

Jonas Eidevall’s side are fourth in the table, six points adrift of the leaders but with a game in hand over both Manchester clubs.

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