Rachel Williams celebrates
Man Utd have won six points from losing positions this season, more than any other side

Rachel Williams scored a dramatic 98th-minute equaliser as Manchester United earned a point against Brighton in the Women’s Super League.

United have become famed for scoring late goals and the striker has now scored four times when coming on as a substitute this season.

Brighton had taken the lead after 30 minutes when Maisie Symonds found Elisabeth Terland, who calmly picked her spot to finish in the bottom corner past Mary Earps.

A magnificent strike from Ella Toone in the 78th minute levelled proceedings before Guro Bergsvand headed home in the last minute for Brighton, who thought they had won the three points.

But United fought until the very end and Williams took her chance off the bench to claim a crucial point.

The result leaves United sixth, one point off the top three while Brighton are ninth, four points clear of the drop zone.

Wasteful United stretch unbeaten run

United are now unbeaten in 12 WSL matches and their ability to stay in a game and believe they can get something from it, no matter the time on the clock, makes them a frightening prospect.

But it was a difficult game for Marc Skinner’s side, who started well but could not convert their chances.

Brighton’s opener seemed to spark the visitors into life but they spurned chance after chance.

Brazilian striker Geyse hit the post, while Bergsvand’s last-ditch block stopped Melvine Malard finding Leah Galton who also headed over the bar herself.

United lacked a cutting edge and summer signing Geyse – tasked with replacing prolific England striker Alessia Russo, who left to join Arsenal – has yet to get off the mark.

Yet they were left wondering how they had not equalised at 1-0 when Brighton keeper Sophie Baggaley produced a sublime double save, first tipping Hannah Blundell’s long-range effort on to the bar before reacting quickly to foil Millie Turner in the goalmouth.

United boss Skinner said earlier in the week he could “guarantee” Toone would be back scoring goals and making assists soon, with the England forward having not registered a goal involvement before this encounter.

Her stunning curling effort from the edge of the area is sure to fill the attacking midfielder with confidence as she continues to build connections with the club’s summer arrivals.

A chaotic ending ensued after Bergsvand had restored Brighton’s lead as crucial saves were made and the woodwork was struck at both ends.

But Williams scoring with time running out has become a familiar story for United and once again she came to her side’s rescue.

Missed opportunity for battling Brighton

Brighton’s players were visibly disappointed at full-time and will see this as an opportunity missed, but manager Melissa Phillips will take heart from her players’ perseverance and some moments of real quality.

The Seagulls looked dangerous going forward, Earps saved well from Jorelyn Carabali’s free header and Pauline Bremer smacked the crossbar from a tight angle when it seemed she was crossing the ball.

Brighton pushed hard to restore their lead after Toone’s equaliser, not content with a point.

But they have kept just one clean sheet in their last 31 games – a run going back to April 2022 – and tasted victory once so far this season.

They face another tough challenge next Sunday when they visit Manchester City, while United host West Ham.

Line-ups

Brighton Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 32Baggaley
  • 5Bergsvand
  • 2Thorisdóttir
  • 14Carabalí
  • 16Kullberg
  • 22RobinsonSubstituted forSarriat 69′minutes
  • 10OlmeBooked at 78minsSubstituted forRuleat 90+7′minutes
  • 18SymondsSubstituted forLosadaat 56′minutes
  • 21HaleySubstituted forLeeat 45′minutes
  • 11Terland
  • 8BremerSubstituted forFerreira Pintoat 90+6′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Evrard
  • 3Pattinson
  • 6Losada
  • 7Sarri
  • 9Lee
  • 15Hawkesby
  • 17Ferreira Pinto
  • 26Li
  • 33Rule

Man Utd Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 27Earps
  • 14RiviereBooked at 57mins
  • 4Le TissierBooked at 12mins
  • 21Turner
  • 6Blundell
  • 20MiyazawaSubstituted forWilliamsat 75′minutes
  • 10ZelemBooked at 90mins
  • 7Toone
  • 9MalardSubstituted forGarcíaat 75′minutes
  • 23da Silva FerreiraSubstituted forParrisat 89′minutes
  • 11Galton

Substitutes

  • 12Ladd
  • 13Evans
  • 16Naalsund
  • 17García
  • 22Parris
  • 28Williams
  • 39Middleton-Patel
  • 91Tullis-Joyce

Referee:
Elizabeth Simms

Attendance:
3,444

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