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Bristol City Women win silverware in the EFL Trust Futsal Women’s Cup

Bristol City Community Trust women's futsal team return victorious from tournament in Wolverhampton.

Bristol City Community Trust women’s futsal team traveled to Wolverhampton University on the 16th of February to compete in the women’s cup. The team knew that they needed to win their first two games in order to progress to the next round of the competition.

The ladies made an extremely promising start with some high intensity play paying dividend with the team finding the back of the net three times in the opening two minutes of their first fixture. With City dominating the game, the coaches were able to rotate all of the players - this saw Millie Rose, Carolina Silva, Emma Bater and Ebonie Atwell making their cup debuts. City cruised to victory in this first fixture, winning 7-2.

The intensity did not waver in the second game with City granting further debuts to Caitlyn Rice and Libby Watkins. Despite the opposing Northampton team battling hard, City were able to secure a comfortable 6-0 victory. This result ensured that City would be playing in the semi-finals of the cup. 

The semi finals saw the Bristol City team come up against a solid Peterborough side. City were dominant for large spells of the game and Peterborough had both their goal keeper (who pulled off several excellent saves) and the woodwork to thank for keeping them in the game. With not long left on the clock, an excellent through-ball into Grace Phillips broke the deadlock and City seemed sure to progress to the final. However Peterborough had other ideas, and with just a minute left to play City conceded a silly free kick which allowed Peterborough to find an equaliser. This meaning that the match would be decided from the penalty spot. 

City keeper, Lauren Hodge, pulled off a magnificent save in the 'sudden death' stage of the shootout which provided Courtney Adams with the opportunity to take her team into the final of the cup; an opportunity that she did not squander as she fired the ball home from the spot.

City then faced a familiar opponent in the final of the cup having played Norwich just a week before. Norwich delivered an early reminder to the Robins of the talent which they possess as they blasted in a long range effort. However, City were not deterred by this early set back and quickly grew into the game. A nice passing move finished by Grace Phillips saw City level the scores. This end-to-end game of futsal was decided with five minutes left to play when an excellent tackle from Libby Simms played Courtney Adams in, who calmly slotted the ball home.

The girls will now go to St Georges Park in May to compete to become the national champions. 

Congratulations to the whole team!

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