#3: Brighton Women 0-4 Chelsea Women 09/12/2018

#3 BRIGHTON WOMEN 0-4 CHELSEA WOMEN Women’s Super League
Sunday 9th December 2018 LIVE via Red Button


HALF TIME Reshmin Chowdhury & Eni Aluko
2.30pm Kick Off; Broadfield Stadium, Crawley     2.20-4.30pm Live on BBC Red Button

Brighton Arrival Chelsea Arrival  One to Watch Chelsea one to watch

Context of the Match: Brighton’s final WSL match of 2018 was to be played Live in front of the BBC cameras this Sunday afternoon at the Broadfield Stadium. Having lost their only two previous Live matches, and up against an excellent Chelsea side today was set to be no different. Chelsea sat third in the League table, winning their last four fixtures and had lost just once all season. Brighton in contrast came into this game on a high after a midweek Continental Cup win over Crystal Palace Ladies 5-1. However their form in the WSL was still poor, with just one win and one draw all season. The club sat 10th in the table, above only Yeovil who would be their next fixture in the coming midweek in the Cup. Having shown encouraging signs last time televised against Arsenal, Brighton were looking to continue this against a Chelsea side who did the WSL and FA Women’s Cup double last season.

Teams Brighton Teams Chelsea

The Teams: Fresh from their excellent 5-1 win in midweek, Brighton placed goalscorers Jodie Brett, Sophie Perry and Kate Natkiel on the bench today. Fliss Gibbons was also on the scoresheet that night and kept her place in defence. Laura Rafferty continued to skipper the side as club captain Dani Buet’s return was only to the bench. Sixteen-year-old winger Maya Le Tissier made her debut last Wednesday and remained in the side today for her first League start. Ini Umotong scored last time Brighton were Live on television against Arsenal two weeks ago and partnered Ellie Brazil up front. Chelsea included England international defender Millie Bright at the back and former international Karen Carney in midfield. Ji So-Yun was the star player just behind Scottish striker Erin Cuthbert. Ballon D’Or nominee forward Fran Kirby was out injured. England’s Drew Spence and Wales’s Sophie Ingle were at the heart of the midfield for the Champions. Chelsea have used more players than anyone else in the WSL this season, with twenty-one different women so far.

Kick Off Comms Half Time4 Pre Match

Presentation Team: Commentary was provided by Robyn Cowen and Sue Smith. We’ve already seen Sue Smith covering the Albion this season when she was a pundit on our first ever televised game at home to Liverpool on BT Sport back in September. She is one of the most experienced broadcasters in the women’s game, having been a regular pundit for well over a decade. She was still playing when she first started appearing on Sky covering their limited portfolio of Women’s FA Cup Finals. Since retirement she’s appeared more and more, including this season on the men’s coverage too – featuring on Quest’s Carabao Cup and EFL highlights as well as Sky’s midweek Soccer Specials. She’s guaranteed to go to international tournaments, be it with BBC or Channel 4 who covered the Euros in 2017. Robyn Cowen has been heard on Match of the Day intermittently over the past couple of seasons, covering mainly FA Cup highlights and very occasionally Premier League. She’s a regular on the BBC’s coverage of the women’s game, with Live England matches in the SheBelieves Cup and regularly on the WSL vying with Vicki Sparks every other week. They both can also be heard on BBC Final Score. Shown during the half-time break were Reshmin Chowdhury and Eni Aluko, on hosting duties for that night’s Women’s Football Show. Chowdhury has been a regular part of BT Sport’s Champions League coverage over the past couple of seasons as a pitchside reporter across Europe, as well as hosting sports bulletins on the BBC News channel and sharing the WFS duties with Eilidh Barbour. She also hosted clashing group stage matches at the 2018 World Cup from Salford for the BBC. Eni Aluko has been providing punditry on a number of channels for the past few years, particularly around international matches for which she fell out of favour with ex-England coach Mark Sampson. Still a player currently with Juventus, she went to Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018 with ITV Sport commenting on the men’s game, and Euro 2017 on Channel 4 covering the women’s tournament.

Half Time1 Half Time2 Half Time3 Half Time5

The Coverage: Like the previous Red Button match, Live coverage of this began just under ten minutes before the kick off. Commentator Robyn Cowen introduced us to the match before kicking off with a VT rounding up the season so far with Alex Scott. We witnessed the teams arrive into the stadium before Cowen and co-commentator Sue Smith discussed the wider League and today’s match out-of-vision. They highlighted just how tough a match this would be for the Albion, like most matches this season in the top division. With this being close to the festive period, crowd shots were full of Christmas jumpers and fancy dress as we awaited the teams to arrive. Key players picked out were Ji So-Yun of Chelsea and Victoria Williams in Brighton’s defence – Williams a former teammate of Smith at Doncaster. Once again, half time was where most of the features were used, following the same structure as at Arsenal by showing some VTs that would appear on that night’s Women’s Football Show, as well as a link-up pitchside with the hosts. After the commentators running through the first half highlights, we saw a clip from the BBC Three documentary , which followed the story of 19-year-old Jack Sullivan as he ran the day-to-day setup of the West Ham Women’s team as they went full-time professionals for their inaugural WSL season. On the back of that one of their midfielders, Rosie Kmita, featured in the ‘Scroll and Stop’ item in which players talk through some of their momentous career pictures. Ahead of next summer’s Women’s World Cup there was a promotional video, which looked like it was made by the official FIFA or Host Broadcaster. This became more newsworthy due to the draw for the finals taking place the evening before this game, with England and Scotland ending up in the same group! Interviews with England manager Phil Neville and Scotland manager Shelley Kerr played out, both looking forward to the showdown in France in June. And before the teams came back for the second half we went pitchside at the Broadfield where presenter Reshmin Chowdhury was joined by Juventus and England striker Eni Aluko. They discussed the World Cup draw and the recent news that England had been awarded the Women’s Euro 2021 final tournament with venues including Brighton men’s Amex Stadium. Finally they reflected on the Ballon D’or awards which included a women’s winner for the first time; Ada Hegerberg. It was then time to hand back upstairs to Robyn Cowan and Sue Smith for the second half commentary. Coverage ended shortly after the full-time whistle, with Cowen having just enough time to point us towards highlights of all the weekend’s matches on The Women’s Football Show later that night. No interviews were broadcast during the Live coverage and only snippets were shown on the WFS so it is unclear who was asking the questions and was most likely one of Chowdhury or Cowen.

Handshakes Full Time

Story of the Match: Chelsea immediately took the game to the hosts with star striker Ji So-Yun hitting the crossbar from a shot on the edge of the box, which required Marie Hourihan to be at full-stretch to tip onto the woodwork just two minutes in. Brighton’s first opportunity came when Aileen Whelan drove forward after picking up a loose ball and firing her shot towards the top corner, forcing Lindahl to parry behind for a corner. Then in the tenth minute confusion in the defence gave Umotong a crossing opportunity met by Whelan’s head. The ball just narrowly going wide during a great spell for the Albion. Pitchside microphones could audibly pick up coach Hope Powell’s words of encouragement for her team. Chelsea hit the woodwork for a second time after 33 minutes. A long corner found its way to the near side of the area where Sophie Ingle was waiting. Her half volley clipped the crossbar on the way over, as Brighton got another warning sign despite good passages of play. Organisation was key for the Seagulls in the first period, restricting Chelsea to limited chances of quality whilst at the same time carving out a couple of opening for themselves. The sides went into the break goalless. Like with the first half, Chelsea started the second on the bright foot. Erin Cuthbert had two decent chances in the first five minutes, thwarted on both occasions by Hourihan. Brighton’s best chance fell to Ellie Brazil who struck the outside of the post from a fierce shot. It was the substitution though around the hour mark of Beth England replacing Drew Spence which increased the intensity and piled on the pressure. The deadlock was broken with twenty-five minutes to go. Karen Carney’s free kick on the near touchline was flicked goalwards by Magdalena Eriksson, her deft touch all that was required to guide the ball in the net due to the pace of the cross. Three minutes later it was two. Jo’s chip from twenty-five yards towards the back stick was met by substitute England’s head which looped up over the goalkeeper across the goal to double the lead and secure the points. Another goal almost went in just minutes after that, with Fliss Gibbons on the line heading Ingle’s header onto the bar and then away. The third did come when Ji So-Yun tapped home from ten yards out after a mistake in the Albion defence. The goalscoring was completed in stoppage time as Beth England got her second of the match with a cool first time finish in the area. And that wrapped up a big win for Chelsea. They deserved the points as they were the better team, more clinical and technically better. But it was only a domination for the final quarter of the match. Brighton once again will take plenty of positive in defeat, with Gibbons, Hourihan and Whelan in particular the Albion standouts. They were organised, disciplined and with a bit more luck and creativity going forward could have got a couple of goals for the ever-lively Ini Umotong. As it was, Chelsea controlled the pace and increased the gears later on to run away with it. Brighton remained one above the single relegation place at the halfway stage of the WSL season.

Eriksson, England (2), Ji




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