Brighton‘s Continental Cup marketing campaign were given to the worst conceivable get started with the WSL facet slipping to a 3-2 defeat at Championship Birmingham in Group C.
Libby Smith opened the scoring for the house facet ahead of Jade Pennock doubled the benefit 8 mins after half-time. Lee Geum-min pulled one again at the hour however Lucy Quinn used to be fast to revive the two-goal cushion and Danielle Carter’s 89th-minute penalty used to be too little, too past due.
“We knew we’d have to be very good out of possession today and we defended our box really well,” stated the Birmingham trainer Darren Carter. “Overall it’s a fantastic performance. I’m really proud of the players because they showed real confidence and trusted themselves.”
There was very nearly a double for Championship sides over their WSL rivals in Group C but West Ham were rescued by Dagny Brynjarsdottir’s injury-time equalizer against London City Lionesses, Brynjarsdottir’s team then picked up a bonus point with a 10-9 win in an epic shootout.
“The players showed brilliant character to bring the game back to 2-2, and obviously winning the penalty shootout is another big positive,” stated the West Ham trainer Paul Konchesky.
Tottenham bounced back from their 4-0 defeat in the north London derby a week ago by getting the better of an all-WSL Group E encounter with Reading at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.
Ashleigh Neville scored the opener for Spurs and Nikola Karczewska gave the visitors a cushion just before the break. Natasha Dowie scored a consolation for the home side from the penalty spot. “It’s a huge step forward from last week and that’s the most important thing,” said the Spurs coach Rehanne Skinner.
In Group B Leicester made a winning start with a 3-0 victory over blackburnwhile Liverpool edged to a 1-0 win over Sunderland.
And there used to be a number of drama between two Championship facets in Group A, with Sheffield United getting back from 2-0 down to attract 3-3 at Durham ahead of the house facet prevailed on consequences.