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Jack Pitt

Jack Pitt writes

Posted Sunday, January 14th 2018

Report: Birmingham City 2-0 Bristol City Women

Second half goals from Aoife Mannion and Charlie Wellings earned Marc Skinner's side a 2-0 victory over City Women at Solihull Moors.

Birmingham were looking to end a run of three straight defeats, whilst City Women were looking to maintain their momentum after victory last week over Everton Ladies.

The hosts almost made the perfect start when Rachel Williams played Sarah Mayling through on goal but Caitlin Leach made a great save to deny the home side an early opener.

The frenetic start continued when Charlie Estcourt switched the play to Yana Daniels, who burst into the box before firing a low-driven cross across the face of goal but Flo Allen was unable to get a touch after sliding in at the far post.

A minute later it was Birmingham who came close again as Mayling was played in on goal by Marisa Ewers, but her effort was blocked by Frankie Brown at the near post.

On 15 minutes Kirsty Harrop's looping header was collected by Leach and soon after both Mayling and Rachel Williams were denied from close range as the City Women keep made an excellent start to the game.

On the half-hour mark, Hemp's swinging corner found Daniels at the far post, but her shot was well saved by Hannah Hampton.

Lucy Quinn, who looked lively down the right wing all day, had the last opportunity of the half but her volley from Rachel Williams' cross was brilliantly blocked by Flo Allen.

Birmingham came out of the blocks quickly after the break and on 54 minutes they took the lead.

Mayling was brought down by Leach, who was shown a yellow card for her challenge and Aoife Mannion fired home the resultant penalty. Leach seemed to get the ball from the challenge, but the referee was quick to award the penalty, much to the Vixens despair.

The Vixens responded well to going one down and had a chance on the hour mark, with Estcourt getting on the end of a cross from Hemp, but Hampton saved well.

Shortly after the hour mark Blues doubled their advantage thanks to striker Charlie Wellings. A break down the left ended with Ewers sending a cross to the far post where Wellings was on hand to beat Leach with a deflected finish.

Again, the Vixens reacted well to conceding and pushed for a goal. Immediately, Kerdijk switched the play to Turner who flicked the ball on brilliantly to Daniels, whose cross found Hemp, but her shot was wide.

England striker Ellen White was introduced with 15 minutes remaining and she was soon in the thick of the action when a Harrop corner was flicked on and the striker headed the ball towards goal but her effort was superbly blocked on the line by Jasmine Matthews.

There was little action in terms of attempts on goal in the final minutes of the match as Birmingham took the three points.

Bristol City Women: Leach, Matthews, Kerkdijk, Brown, Daniels, Biesmans (Palmer 83), Turner (c), Allen (Humphrey 74), Arthur (Fergusson 74), Estcourt, Hemp. Subs not used: Watson, Dykes, Van De Putte, E Wilson.

Photo credit: The FA