Liverpool FC Women clinched a much-needed 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion Women on Sunday. The Reds are now off the starting block with their first three points of the season thanks to an 85th minute winner from Rinsola Babajide.
The Reds travelled to Broadfield Stadium to face their Game-week Two opponents. First-team coach Vicky Jepson took the reigns for this fixture in absence of Chris Kirkland, who had charity commitments. It was also Sophie Bradley-Auckland’s first match as club captain – a huge opportunity for both changes in personnel.
Brighton and Liverpool were in the same boat before their clash. Both sides sat at the bottom of the table on zero goals and zero points. Following a tough recent series of events for Liverpool, it was vital for the Reds to come away with a result. After a tough 85 minutes it was Rinsola Babajide who secured the win for Liverpool.
The Reds struggled to make a mark on the game against newly promoted Brighton. Both sides struggled to find the back of the net in the first half. Liverpool’s goalkeeper, Anke Preuß made an early save to deny the hosts their first goal of the campaign. At the other end of the pitch, the Reds ended the half looking the better side, with more attacking intent.
Determined for the win
Senior player Jess Clarke put in a relentless performance, causing Brighton’s defence some problems. Her individual runs and link-up play with Niamh Charles were a handful to deal with. Opposition goalkeeper Lucy Gillett kept her side in the game with some great stops coming from dangerous Clarke-Charles attacks.
After the half-time whistle Jepson made her first substitute of Courtney Sweetman-Kirk in place of Kirsty Linnett. When the 0-0 stalemate stuck, Christie Murray made way for Rinsola Babajide in the 79th minute.
The 20-year-old wasted no time putting her stamp on the match. Babajide finally broke the deadlock to send the ecstatic travelling Reds home with all three points.
Preuß was on-hand to deny the hosts more chances in the second half, proving to be a key asset to the victory. Now that the Reds are up and running, they will be looking ahead with confidence. Their next fixture will be back at home, hosting Reading FC Women. View more upcoming fixtures here.