Brighton Win FAWPL Championship Play-Off

Saturday May 29th
Brighton & Hove Albion 4-2 Sporting Club Albion (Att: 648)

But Brighton – who fought back well against the Baggies before bowing out of the SSE WFA Cup – trailed again after Hazzana Parnell returned a clearance from a corner and Leigh Dugmore headed home.

Abi Cottam nearly double the lead when denied by the post and then the Seagulls found a leveller shortly before the break, as Kate Natkiel fired home from 25 yards out.

Tina Greaves was inches from restoring Sporting’s lead after the break, when connecting with a Paige Crossman delivery.

However, the next goal was Brighton’s as Natkiel went through to tuck the ball away and minutes later it was 3-1 with Sophie Perry netting directly from a free kick.

Perry then crossed for Amy Taylor to score with a low glancing header and although Karen Clough got a late goal back, it was Brighton’s day and subject to meeting FA license requirements, they will be competing in the FA WSL 2 in 2017.

VIDEO: Match highlights

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