A CHAMPIONSHIP striker raped a teenager after inviting her to "watch Netflix and chill", a jury has been told.

Blackpool forward Beryly "Bez" Lubala, 24, grabbed the 18-year-old by the hair, telling her to stop making noise and be a good girl before raping her, Brighton Crown Court heard.

The woman, now 20, told police she made it clear she did not want sex with the player in several text messages before driving to his home in Horsham.

She sobbed and told the court: "I said no and he carried on.

"He turned into a different person. There was no kind of listening to what I did and didn't want.

"It was just like a stranger."

Lubala was attracting attention from Championship and Premier League scouts after joining Crawley Town from Birmingham City when the woman said she was attacked in September 2019.

The court heard the striker, who joined Championship side Blackpool a year later, had sex with the teenager on two occasions before she visited him at his home, once in a hotel on the day he arrived in Crawley and again in a house he was sharing with other young players.

She went on to have a relationship with a woman and blocked him from her social media.

After the relationship ended, the player contacted her again by text message.

The jury heard the footballer told her he only wanted to watch "Netflix and chill" before she agreed to visit him a third time.

Emotional voice messages recorded as the woman drove herself home were played to the jury.

Richard Hearnden, prosecuting, said they could hear the woman saying she felt violated.

"I drove up to my friend's house," she said. "We've been friends for ages. We have slept together in the past.

"We were just chilling and it just happened and I didn't want him to.

"I told him I didn't want him to. I'm just driving home in the dark, I can't stop crying."

Mr Hearnden told the court: "She wasn't raped by a stranger or outdoors or in the street or in an alleyway.

"She was raped by a man she knew, in his house.

"She wasn't in a relationship with the man but they had been intimate before."

Beryly Lubala denies raping the woman at his home on September 13, 2019.

The trial continues.