West Ham United
West Ham United

Longhurst 26, Filis 40, Svitkova 90

Brighton and Hove Albion
Brighton and Hove Albion
Thursday 16 Sep
Updated Thursday 16 Dec 01:11

West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion


West Ham United 3-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Continental Tyres League Cup Group Stage
Chigwell Construction Stadium
Wednesday 15 December 2021 

West Ham United progressed to the knockout stages of the Continental Tyres League Cup with a convincing 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion. 

Kate Longhurst put the Hammers in front at the Chigwell Construction Stadium – nodding in from close range after great work from Yui Hasgeawa. 

Mel Filis doubled the lead just before the break with her first goal for the club – a driven effort from the edge of the area to give the home side room to breathe. 

Katerina Svitkova added a third just before the full-time whistle to seal the win. 

Olli Harder’s side knew going into this match that a point would be enough to see them top Group E, after wins against London City Lionesses and Birmingham in the earlier matches. 

But that didn’t stop them from starting the game on the front foot. Anna Leat showed off her distribution skills as she picked out Yui Hasegawa to start a Hammers counter-attack. The Japanese international then found Tameka Yallop, who had galloped forward from midfield, but she couldn’t convert the ball home with her outstretched leg. 

Katie Robinson had the away sides first real chance of the game with five minutes on the clock, but the midfielder’s effort from range flew wide of the post. 

The home side came tantalisingly close to opening the scoring when Lucy Parker delivered a wonderful ball into the box from the right – but it evaded Kate Longhurst at the vital moment. 

And there as a similar theme developing, as the Irons controlled the opening exchanges, and looked the more likely to score the games opener, with the Seagulls limited to very little. 

That deadlock was finally broken with 26 minutes on the clock. Yui Hasegawa weaved her way beyond Koivisto before delivering an inch-perfect cross onto the head of Longhurst to give the home side a deserved lead. 

And it was 2-0 to the home side before the break. Mel Filis picked up the ball on the edge of the area after a dangerous cross and rifled the ball a shot into the back of the net to give her side some breathing room. 

In the second half, the Hammers continued to be the more dominat force, and Clauda Walker should have added a third, but after doing well to beat Bowman in the area, her effort was well blocked by the Seagulls back line. 

The forward then selfishly laid the ball back for Yallop moments later, but the Australian international also saw her effort denied by some heroic defending. 

The home side, who were already struggling with injuries issues before the 

Zaneta Wyne was introduced as a substitute and showed good feet to shift the ball away from her marker before driving the ball into the hands of Brighton goalkeeper, Frances Angel. 

And there was still time for Katerina Svitkova to add a third just before the full time whistle. 

Youngsters Grace Garrad and Brooke Cairns were introduced late on, both equipping themselves well in the closing stages as the Hammers ended the Conti Cup group stage without conceding a goal and also finished the calendar year unbeaten at home during the 2021/22 campaign so far. 

West Ham United: Leat, Cissoko, Fisk ©, Parker, Longhurst, Joel (Cairn 78), Stringer (Garrad 66), Hasegawa (Svitkova 58), Yallop (Wyne 58), Filis, Walker. 

Unused Subs: Arnold, Flaherty.

Goals: Longhurst 26, Filis 40, Svitkova 90

Brighton & Hove Albion: Walsh (Angel 46’), Koivisto (Williams 74), Bowman, Le Tisser, Whelan, Kaagman (Lee 72), Bance, Robinson, Symonds, Nokuthula (Connolly 58), Cordier. 

Yellow Card: Symonds 14