Manchester United v Brighton: Women’s FA Cup semi-final – live | Women’s FA Cup
26 min: Zelem takes the kick but it goes over Turner’s head. It comes back out for United to have another chance but they can’t get it into the box, they win a throw in. There are discussions about if the Garcia challenge from Pattinson should have been a penalty, I think it could have been given but the referee just went for a corner.
Updated at 12.40 EDT
20 min: Possession is exchanging hands here, most of the football being played in the midfield. It’s a good battle from Brighton, they aren’t just playing defensively. They are going forward and seeing how they can test United. Ladd places a good ball for Batlle, she crosses in and Garcia can’t get a shot away. Brighton break for the counter but Batlle clears!
Updated at 12.34 EDT
12 min: Another long ball comes from United but it has too much on it for Garcia, they must know Brighton are caught out at the back as they continue to play that pass. United work the ball well through the team to get it into the box once more, it comes to Toone but her shot sails over the bar. Best chance of the game so far.
Updated at 12.26 EDT
Our very own Will Unwin is at Leigh Sports Village for this semi-final and he’s sent this in from the stadium: “There is sunshine on Leigh. A crowd is growing inside the ground and there is, interestingly, some ‘Glazers out’ chants coming from the home fans. They are expecting an attendance in the region of 4,200 for this match. The rugby league lines have been painted over and there are flags flying around the ground. The home fans are expecting a nice easy route to the final but Brighton, under new manager Mel Phillips, will be sure to work them harder than in their encounter prior to the international break.”
Updated at 11.59 EDT
Brighton’s new manager Melissa Phillips added: “There’s no pressure at all, (it’s a) challenge against one of best teams in the league. The priority is the league, but it’s not just about staying up. It has been difficult on staff because of the transition over the last year. We want to come in and provide stability.”
Updated at 11.45 EDT
Marc Skinner has said he enjoys being the team to beat in the semi-final, saying: “We should be (enjoying being the team to beat) and I think we are. We are showing that in our performances. The players agree that we absorb and enjoy the amount of pressure that comes with being a team like us and what we want to achieve. If we weren’t trying to be successful, there would be no pressure.”
Updated at 11.37 EDT
Hello and welcome to Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final against Brighton! If United win the game, they will be heading to Wembley for the first time since reforming in 2018 in the women’s club history.
Recent history between United and Brighton tells us that Marc Skinner’s side should blast their opposition away. On 1 April the two clubs played one another in the Women’s Super League with United coming away with a 4-0 win. But United won’t be under-estimating their opposition.
Brighton have had a tough season but their run in the FA Cup has been an impressive one and so they could cause an upset. They will have to beat United at home at Leigh Sports Village for a spot in the final, where they will face Chelsea or ASton Villa. The semi-final between the Blues and Villa will take place on Sunday.
The team news is in so stay tuned ahead of kick-off at 5.15pm BST.
Updated at 12.04 EDT
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