Arsenal won 3-0 against Brighton in Broadfield Stadium, with a crowd of 4,921 people. This was the first time the stadium had been sold out.
Stina Baggaley, the Brighton goalkeeper who had been beaten by the Seagulls in the past, was unable to stop the Arsenal attack after Stina’s strike.
Caitlin foord, in the 80th-minute, doubled Arsenal’s advantage before Frida maanum, in extra time, added a third, securing second in the Women’s Super League, while Brighton fell to eighth.
Arsenal took an early lead, after 10 minutes of fairly dull play.
Jorelyn Carrabali failed to handle the initial block, which rebounded and fell at Blackstenius’ feet. After a close call, Blackstenius lofted the ball into the upper left corner, from a tight edge.
Brighton knew they wouldn’t have many chances, so they took advantage of the ones they did get. Vicky Losada was captaining her old team, and nearly equalised, but she sent the header over the bar, before the Seagulls missed two long-range attempts.
Arsenal squandered numerous chances throughout the first half to extend their advantage, even though they had a one-goal lead. Lotte Wubben Moy’s header was tipped over the bar by the set-piece, despite a clever routine.
Alessia Russell had to make a backwards move and perform an excellent tackle in order to stop England’s Katie Robinson.
Beth Mead’s powerful shot, her first WSL appearance in more than a year and her very first WSL match, almost doubled Arsenal’s lead, but it was just inches away from the crossbar.
Brighton, who were in a strong position, made a series of moves in the last third, but failed to find an equaliser.
Victoria Pelova, who had escaped her defender, sent a beautiful ball into the box to substitute Maanum, who from close quarters, missed the goal, giving the visitors another chance.
Foord, who was given too much room and sent a spectacular strike of 20 yards into the lower left corner in the 80th minutes doubled Arsenal’s lead.
Maanum’s first goal of the year came five minutes into the stoppage period, bringing the total to three. This was the result of a team effort by the visiting side.
Arsenal’s sixth win in a row and first WSL-clean sheet of the season came after Brighton was unable to come back.