In a fixture which saw fourteen goals across the last three meetings between the two sides, neither side were able to find the scoresheet in Sunday's game.
The hosts had the lions' share of possession but found it difficult to find any way to convert that into goals.
Brighton may have lost their last six games in a row away from home in the league, but they showed that they should not be taken lightly in Sunday's match.
It was an uninspiring first half for both sides. The hosts looked the stronger of the two, with the majority of their play coming down the left-wing and Alex Greenwood impressing on her debut.
In a fixture where Brighton were already 3-0 down at the break last season, the Seagulls held their own in the first half. Danni Bowman earned herself a chance on the ten-minute mark but fired wide from around thirty yards out.
A scrappy start to the game, City's passing was off the mark on a number of occasions and the blues struggled to mount any real goalscoring chances.
Brighton goalkeeper Megan Walsh was impressive in the first half and kept her side in the game. With Georgia Stanway free on the byline, she fired off a cross-cum-shot which chipped the keeper and looked as if it would reach the back of the net, but it was just clawed off the line by the keeper.
Brighton brought on new signing Denise O'Sullivan at half time, who was announced as a Seagulls player on Deadline Day with a loan deal from the North Carolina Courage until the end of 2020.
The hosts immediately found themselves with opportunities in the second half. Ellen White found unmarked free inside of the box with the ball at her feet but she slashed her shot wide.
The Seagulls made their second change later in the game when Nora Heroum replaced defender Inessa Kaagman.
City found more and more joy as the game went on down the left hand side, but struggled to turn that into any real goalscoring opportunities.
Victoria Williams then came off for Brighton in place of Emily Simpkins two minutes later, the former limping a little as she departed the field.
Caroline Weir's addition changed the game for the blues, with Gareth Taylor's side looking a different outfit from what they showed earlier on in the game.
Player of the match
Megan Walsh - Brighton and Hove Albion
Although the hosts were on top for the majority of the game, the safe hands of Megan Walsh in the Brighton goal were able to keep out any of the threats which she faced.
Time and time again she bailed out her side at the last moment, keeping out any attempts from Manchester City to break the deadlock.
The visitors set themselves up well to keep out any attempts, but Walsh consistently saved her side, especially when she clawed Georgia Stanway's chip off the line in the first half.