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Sinéad Kissane


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Rianna Jarrett in action for Brighton against Frya Holdaway of Crystal Palace. Photo: Getty Images

Rianna Jarrett in action for Brighton against Frya Holdaway of Crystal Palace. Photo: Getty Images

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Rianna Jarrett in action for Brighton against Frya Holdaway of Crystal Palace. Photo: Getty Images

It is 7.47pm last Tuesday night in a small stadium in Bromley, south-east London. Rianna Jarrett is wearing the No 23 jersey in the Brighton & Hove Albion's away all-black strip. It's her first game for a club she joined 33 days previously and it's her first game as a full-time professional football player.

This game wasn't meant to happen this week. Brighton's Women's FA Cup fifth round game against Crystal Palace at Hayes Lane was originally slated for earlier this month but was postponed because of bad weather. But it's now fallen nicely for Jarrett. She'd tell you herself that she doesn't score too many goals from outside the box.

But this night is different.