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Report: AFC Wimbledon Ladies 0-3 Bristol City Women

Bristol City Women advance to round five of the SSE Women’s FA Cup following a 3-0 away victory over AFC Wimbledon Ladies on Sunday afternoon. 


What Happened?

Abi Harrison took less than a minute to open her Bristol City Women account when she received a long diagonal ball from Danique Kerkdijk and rifled a left-footed shot into the bottom corner to give her side a very early lead. 

It was almost two in three minutes for the visitors as the ball fell to Poppy Wilson in the box and her effort rattled the left upright, before Edie Kelly made a smart save to deny Poppy Pattinson at the far post. 

Poppy Pattinson was a danger on the left all afternoon and it would be her teasing ball towards the back post that found Katie Robinson, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net and doubled the visitors' lead. 

Bristol City Women would have a third before the half was out thanks to Poppy Wilson, who showcased neat footwork on the edge of the area to go past two players and stroke the ball into the far corner under pressure from Wimbledon defenders. 

Abi Harrison had a chance to double her tally for the afternoon with a curling left-footed shot from the edge of the area, but it failed to trouble Kelly in the Wimbledon net. 

Carla Humphrey did well to direct Heather Payne’s cross towards goal but it failed to trouble Kelly, before the keeper was called into action to tip over Poppy Wilson’s long range effort. 

Tanya Oxtoby’s side controlled the remainder of the game to pick up their third successive win and extend their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions. 


Teams:

Bristol City Women: Cumings, Pattinson (Brown 60’), Kerkdijk, Evans, Payne, Biesmans (C), Humphrey, Kemppi, Wilson, Robinson (Ayane 45’), Harrison (Woolley 80’)

Subs: Baggaley, Graham, Dykes

AFC Wimbledon Ladies: Kelly, McLaren-Johnson, Russell, Trimnell (Kowalski 55’), Eagle (Stanley 60’), Sargeant, Bisson, Heasman, Wylie, Highman, Billingham

Subs: Clarke, Wentworth, Hoesli-Atkins


Key Moment:

Abi Harrison kick started her Bristol City Women career in the perfect way with a goal less than a minute into her full debut. 

Danique Kerkdijk’s long diagonal picked out Harrison, who controlled the ball and instinctively pulled the trigger to find the bottom corner of the Wimbledon net. 

Lethal.


Player of the Match: 

Julie Biesmans was brilliant throughout the ninety minutes for City Women. 

The midfield maestro captained the side for the fourth round tie and dictated the pace of play for the visitors with pin-point passing. 

Class. 


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