Brighton go third behind Arsenal and Chelsea after beating Everton in the Women’s Super League

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Brighton go third behind Arsenal and Chelsea after beating Everton in the Women’s Super League

AILEEN WHELAN and Brighton consigned Everton to defeat with Jean-Luc Vasseur enduring a loss in his first league game at the Toffees’ helm.  

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AILEEN WHELAN and Brighton consigned Everton to defeat with Jean-Luc Vasseur enduring a loss in his first league game at the Toffees’ helm.  

The rampaging forward combined to clinical effect with Danielle Carter as Albion leapfrogged Tottenham to third with a 1-0 win.

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The Seagulls have moved to third ahead of their game against Leicester[/caption]

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Aileen Whelan netted Brighton’s winner against Everton[/caption]

The result saw Everton’s tough start to their WSL season continue with the club beaten for the fourth time in six games.

It was also their first loss this term to a side that finished outside the top three last season.

The Seagulls were on the end of a 5-0 drubbing on the last time the two sides met with the Toffees trouncing Albion at their home ground.

But it was Hope Powell’s visiting side who had the upper hand this time around with Whelan close to putting them ahead early on.

But her goal-bound header hit the post before being cleared out of danger by the hosts in the 15th minute

And one of the Toffees’ closest opportunities came through Toni Duggan taking advantage of a poor back pass before forcing a comfortable save from Megan Walsh moments before.

The second spell saw Brighton threaten again with Maya Le Tissier’s half-volley forcing a quality save from Sandy MacIver in the 52nd minute.



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And Albion eventually broke the deadlock with Whelan heading them in front courtesy of a pinpoint cross from Carter in the 61st minute.

Everton came close to getting a leveller when Valerie Gauvin flicked the ball narrowly wide in injury time.

But Brighton wrapped up a win to leave the Toffees eighth before their clash with Manchester United.  

And Brighton are set to take on Leicester at home in one of six Women’s Football Weekend next week.

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Jean-Luc Vasseur will hope for better luck Everton in their next game which is against Man United[/caption]

Earlier Emma Hayes saw her players notch up a hard-fought 1-0 win against Aston Villa ahead of their Champions League clash with Servette and a top-flight duel with Manchester City.

Jessie Fleming’s first-half strike led Chelsea to their fifth win from six WSL games although they had to withstand some late forays forward from Carla Ward’s side.

After the game, Hayes said: “I felt calm (about the narrow lead) because there is experience in the group.

“They knew what the game was, like I said at 1-0, you’re away from home, the opponent is going to be buoyed by the opportunity.”

Ward, whose side play Birmingham next, added: “They’ve competed against world-class players out there af you look at that last 10-15 minutes, we were the ones on top, pushing them back and you could see a little bit of nerves in them.

“Had there been another five minutes, you never know. I’m massively proud of the girls.”

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Ji So-yun, Magda Eriksson and their Chelsea team-mates are now level on points with leaders Arsenal[/caption]

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