Beth Mead heroics inspire Arsenal Women to comeback win over Brighton

Beth Mead heroics inspire Arsenal Women to comeback win over Brighton as Jonas Eidevall’s side move four points clear of Chelsea at the Super League summit

  • Arsenal Women came from behind to record a 2-1 win over Brighton on Thursday
  • Beth Mead proved the difference for the Super League leaders on the night
  • The England star set up Vivianne Miedema to cancel out Emma Koivisto’s opener
  • She then whipped home a free-kick to extend the Gunners’ lead at the top 

England international Beth Mead proved to be the difference as Arsenal came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1 and extend their lead at top of the Barclay’s FA Women’s Super League.

Trailing to the visitors’ first goal in eight matches, Mead’s free-kick presented Vivianne Miedema with a tap-in before she whipped home a direct set-piece as they moved four points clear of Chelsea.

Arsenal were rocked in the 15th minute by Emma Koivisto’s twisting back-header from 10 yards which looped over Manuela Zinsberger, who was barely off her line. Koivisto had already produced a goal-line clearance at the other end.

Beth Mead proved to be the difference as Arsenal came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1

Mead first teed up Vivianne Miedema before rifling home a match winning free-kick

It took until the start of the second half for the league leaders to find anything approaching the required level but it was the individual quality of Mead which turned things around.

First her set-piece delivery flew through the penalty area to present Miedema with her first goal in five matches, the assist taking Mead level with Karen Carney’s FA WSL record of 35.

But better was to come with a free-kick curled around the wall and just inside the far post, although questions will be asked of Brighton goalkeeper Megan Walsh’s positioning.

Arsenal continued to dominate without further goals but it was more than enough to secure a first league win in four matches.




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