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That’s magic Maya

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MAYA LE TISSIER scored and received significant and prominent praise from Brighton’s Hope Powell in the Seagulls’ superb penalty shootout victory against Arsenal in Sunday’s Continental Cup clash.

Going places: Maya Le Tissier chases possession against Arsenal in Crawley. (Picture by Geoff Penn, 26249256)

The 17-year-old Guernsey defender had played a key role in keeping a clean sheet against Arsenal, the 2017/2018 cup champions and 2018/2019 runners-up, in Crawley before edging a penalty shootout 4-2.

It proved a dramatic reversal of the 4-0 loss the Seagulls suffered to Arsenal in Women’s Super League action in September.

And manager Powell did not need much pressing before crediting Le Tissier – indeed, she was the first player mentioned in an interview on the Brighton and Hove Albion website.

‘Maya [Le Tissier] was fantastic and Danique [Kerkdijk] had a good game too, and that partnership worked really well,’ said Powell afterwards.

She added: ‘This and Chelsea [1-1 draw] are our two best performances of the season. Here we created more chances and the fact that we won the game on penalties is very pleasing.

‘They’ve got some world-class players in their side, and the fact they brought on three of their main strikers to try and win the game is a big compliment.’

This was Le Tissier’s sixth appearance in Brighton’s eight matches this season, and it came just one week after her first WSL start of the current campaign, a tough 2-0 loss to Everton.

The former St Martin’s youth regular and Guernsey Star Trophy captain, who now lives on the south coast, was similarly overjoyed with the result and will now undoubtedly be pushing to further consolidate her position within the first-team.

‘Let’s keep on going, unbelievable performance from this whole team,’ Le Tissier wrote on social media.

Jamie Ingrouille

By Jamie Ingrouille
Sports reporter

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