Ellie Brazil was thwarted in a one v one by Chamberlain and, Whelan, powering down the right, watched her shot drift agonisingly wide when the game was still goalless. That was the home side’s best spell before United reverted to type.
Brighton & Hove Albion Women (4-4-2): Harris; Gibbons, Buet, F. Whelan, A. Whelan; Barton, Umotong (Green, 45), Legg (Brett, 69), Brazil; Williams, Connolly (Peplow, 83).
Subs not used: Hartley (gk), Natkiel, Simpkins, Hack.
Manchester United Women (4-3-3): Chambelain; Harris, Hanson (Galton, 45), M. Turner, Greenwood; A. Turner, Toone (Arnot, 90), Zalem, Harris; Green, Sigworth, Devlin (James, 45).
Subs not used: Ramsey (gk), Roberts, Smith, Palmer.
Goals: James (54, 90+3).