Brighton has now won three WSL games on the go to earn 15 points from seven games
Maisie Symonds scored an added-time free kick as Brighton moved up to third on the WSL standings by causing Leicester a seventh straight defeat.
Substitute goalkeeper Kirstie Levell directed her shot into the top corner just minutes from time.
It was the only moment of quality in an otherwise poor game and a cruel blow to the Foxes who had fought valiantly.
Leicester remain bottom of the table with zero points but Albion now has three wins on the go and is looking up.
The goal was a testimony to Albion’s determination to fight to the end, but it was probably the same -petite that ultimately cost Leicester the first crucial point.
In their desire to keep the goalless score, the Foxes found themselves guilty of a hasty challenge in the back to concede the free kick on the right side of their box, from which Symonds scored.
Before that, they’d been solid and composed, keeping the home side down to a few chances – the best of them being a shot from Levell’s Danielle Carter and a fluffy shot from Katie Robinson after a corner.
They offered next to nothing even in attack, with a tame push from Esmee de Graaf and a blocked scramble with Samantha Tierney as their only notable endeavor.
Somehow they have to pick themselves up from the concession of a league-high 18th season goal and leave when they visit Everton next Sunday.
Brighton is traveling to Reading next, with the two best in sight.
“Credit to Leicester”
Brighton’s manager Hope Powell: “I have a lot of credit to give Leicester. We knew they would be well organized and difficult to break, but we kept going and we got there in the end.
“It was a great goal to win and it’s nice to be in the top three but we know we can do better.
“There will be things we can work on after we review the game, but we will enjoy the three points.”
- 6thThe Tissier
- 3rdGibbonsReplaced byRobinsonat 87 ‘protocol
- 16BrazilReplaced byKaagmanat 57 ‘protocol
- 8thConnollyReplaced bySimpkinsat 86 ‘protocol
- 18thCarterReplaced bySymondsat 76 ‘protocol
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Leicester City women
- 22ndPlumptreBooked at 85 minutes
- 14ththe count
- 27O’BrienReplaced byBailey-Gayleat 70 ‘protocolBooked at 75 minutes
- 9SigsworthReplaced byFlintat 76 ‘protocol
Referee: Ryan Atkin
Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1, Leicester City Women 0.
The second half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1, Leicester City Women 0.
Foul by Inessa Kaagman (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).
Molly Pike (Leicester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Natasha Flint (Leicester City Women) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Supported by Abbie McManus.
Target! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 1, Leicester City Women 0. Maisie Symonds (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) after a free kick with a right foot to the top right corner.
Inessa Kaagman (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Paige Bailey-Gayle (Leicester City Women).
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion women. Megan Walsh tries a through ball, but Aileen Whelan is caught offside.
Inessa Kaagman (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Natasha Flint (Leicester City Women).
Corner, Leicester City women. Admitted by Danique Kerkdijk.
Attempt failed. Katie Robinson (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the center of the box goes just over a corner.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion women. Granted by Ashleigh Plumptre.
Substitute, Brighton and Hove Albion women. Katie Robinson replaces Felicity Gibbons.
Substitute, Brighton and Hove Albion women. Emily Simpkins replaces Megan Connolly.
Attempt failed. Emma Koivisto (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box goes up and wide to the right. Assisted by Inessa Kaagman with a cross after a quick break.
Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City – Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Megan Walsh (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City Women).