Leicester City 3-0 Brighton: Foxes earn first points of WSL season
Leicester City clinched their first points of the Women’s Super League season with an impressive win over Brighton at the King Power Stadium.
Aileen Whelan put her ahead just before half-time after a tricky play on the edge of the box against her former side.
Sam Tierney then bundled a second home after three minutes into the second period.
Substitute Monique Robinson then ran onto a blocked cross, opened her body and fired in the corner from 16 yards out.
Brighton remain in 11th place after Jens Scheuer’s first game in charge, four points clear of bottom Leicester.
Leicester had conceded just two WSL goals in their first nine games this season and those were their first at home since a 2-1 defeat by Spurs on opening day in September.
The Foxes had started the campaign for the second straight season with nine straight losses but are avoiding becoming the third WSL team to start their first 10th season after Doncaster 2016 (15) and Yeovil Town 2017-18 (12). loses games.
Impressive foxes warn
Based on this game, it’s hard to understand why the foxes are bottom of the table and haven’t scored a point this season.
They were brimming with energy and creativity as Hannah Cain pulled a wide try before Missy Goodwin slashed in from the left and spun just wide of the far post.
Willie Kirk’s side deservedly took the lead when Whelan, who joined Leicester this summer after almost five years at Brighton, latched on to a Tierney sacking and shot in the corner from 16 yards out.
Tierney made Leicester’s position more dominant as she crawled home in the six-yard box after Jemma Purfield’s cross was turned on twice.
Robinson scored the best goal of the game just moments after coming on from the bench and her finish from the side was a touch of class.
The win ends a streak of 10 losses in the WSL standings and brings the first league win since February with 15 losses and a draw in that time.
Defense problems for Brighton
This defeat is likely to affect former Bayern Munich coach Scheuer, who was announced as a permanent replacement for Hope Powell during the WSL winter break.
He has spoken about wanting to bring defensive stability to Brighton before playing high-intensity football. Neither brought this achievement.
They handed January signings Guro Bergsvand, Dejana Stefanovic and Zoe Morse their debuts, while Brianna Visalli also replaced the injured Stefanovic in the first half.
It’s been 13 games since they’ve kept a clean sheet and they’ve conceded 44 goals in that time.
They offered little forward movement, apart from Maisie Symonds being turned down twice by new Leicester goalkeeper Janina Leitzig in the closing stages, and were regularly cut open defensively.
Leicester City Women
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Game ends, Leicester City – Women 3, Brighton and Hove Albion – Women 0.
The second half ends, Leicester City Women 3, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0.
Foul by Erin Simon (Leicester City Women).
Julia Olme (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Sam Tierney (Leicester City Women).
Guro Bergsvand (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Monique Robinson (Leicester City Women).
Poppy Pattinson (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Cashed in by Sophie Howard.
attempt blocked. Maisie Symonds (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.
attempt saved. Maisie Symonds (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the left side of the five yard box is saved to the bottom left. Assisted by Danielle Carter.
attempt saved. Maisie Symonds (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danielle Carter.
Substitution, Leicester City, women. Erin Simon replaces Missy Goodwin.
Substitution, Leicester City, women. Mackenzie Smith replaces Ashleigh Plumptre.
attempt saved. Julia Olme (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top center of the goal. Assisted by Lee Geum-Min.
Foul by Aileen Whelan (Leicester City Women).
Julia Olme (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
delay over. You are ready to move on.
The game was stopped due to injury Ava Baker (Leicester City Women).
Corner, Leicester City Women. Cashed in by Danielle Carter.