Five-star display at Stoke Gifford Stadium.
Bristol City cruised to a 5-0 victory over Millwall Lionesses to book their place in the quarter-finals of the SSE Women’s FA Cup in their first competitive match of the new season.
The newly-promoted Vixens do not kick-off their WSL1 Spring Series campaign for another month, but dispatched second-tier opponents Millwall with minimum fuss at Stoke Gifford Stadium.
City made the perfect start to break the deadlock inside six minutes. Claire Emslie’s driven cross caused confusion in the visitors’ box and debutant Millie Turner pounced on the loose ball to open her account for her new club.
In reply, City keeper Caitlin Leach was forced to deny Ella Rutherford, but the hosts were the dominant side and doubled their lead after 17 minutes.
Lauren Hemp turned away from a Millwall defender in the box and saw her shot well saved by Sarah Quantrill, but Hemp was quickest to react and dispatched the rebound into the net.
Soon enough it was 3-0 and effectively tie over, as Turner headed home her second of the game from another Emslie cross.
Emslie then struck the crossbar from distance, before Hemp made it four after the interval with a bizarre goal that fortuitously drifted into the net from near the corner flag.
The influential Emslie continued her quest for a goal, firing a free kick goalwards that was parried by Quantrill only to Jodie Brett, who rifled in City’s fifth to complete the rout.
After the game, City manager Willie Kirk praised the performances of his players, while acknowledging areas for improvement. “We wanted them to lift it a bit in the second-half.
“In the latter stages of the first half, it felt like the game had died a little bit and we wanted them to refocus and play against themselves, rather than against a team they were leading 3-0.
“We wanted to make sure that we didn’t concede, because that would have been a sign of being sloppy & unprofessional, and we didn’t."
Bristol City Women: Leach, Brown, Matthews (Arthur 65), Ladd (C), Alexander, Turner, Evans, Brett (Agg 80), Fergusson (Farrow 70), Emslie, Hemp. Subs not used: Watson, Sawyer.