Albion picked up its first win of the WSL season after wowing fans at the Amex.
Goals from Guem-min Lee and Katie Robinson secured a 2-1 win over Reading in front of a crowd of 5,220.
After squandering chances to be more than a goal ahead, the hosts stalled for a while.
But Robinson’s precise finish gave them just enough air before Reading answered well into injury time.
There was a lot of promise from the Seagulls – and they sort of weathered a very rocky streak in the second half.
They got better and better as the first half progressed.
After a nice move, Elisabeth Terland shot wide of the goal after a throw-in.
Then came a clear chance as the lively Robinson anticipated a feeble back pass from Diane Caldwell and rushed clean.
Her shot was parried by Grace Maloney, who then held Lee’s follow up.
The visitors were extremely careless as they passed on defense, and Lee shot lavishly wide when a miss set them up.
Maloney bravely snatched the ball from Terland, both players felt the effects of the collision and required treatment before the Albion player saw a yellow card.
Poppy Pattinson put herself in a great position but failed to get a clean contact with her volley.
However, the breakthrough came in the 40th minute.
Libby Bance did well to make room for Jorja Fox on the right.
Fox’s cross was deflected and Maloney came out to clear.
But her shot at it, Terland’s ball pressure, only sent it to Lee, who fired deep into the far post.
Robinson shot straight at the keeper as Albion chased a second before halftime.
You might get the respite you want early in the second period.
Veatriki Sarri fired wide of the top corner and Terland mis-missed her header when she was expertly found in front of goal by another superb delivery from Fox.
Then the game changed. Reading improved and should have equalized in the 53rd minute.
Megan Walsh saved from Tia Primmer and Natasha Dowie somehow flicked the rebound past the open goal.
Albion held on a bit and Gemma Evans and Deanna Cooper both fired shots.
Then Dowie, who was clean through, saw her effort rolled wide by a touch from Walsh when again it looked like she might have to equalize.
Albion maintained their lead and extended it in the 80th minute.
Julia Zigiotti cut a fine figure in midfield to get the offensive moving.
Lee made up ground, glad the defenders were coming their way, and then served up Robinson, who fired low over the keeper.
Walsh denied Reading an immediate reply with a fine save from Lauren Wade.
Albion’s crowning glory would have been a first goal for Terland, the Norwegian striker who signed in the summer.
Maloney lately denied her with a reflex.
Reading responded well into injury time with an emphatic finish from Charlie Wellings when a cross was not cleared properly.
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