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Report: Birmingham City Women 0-1 Bristol City Women

Ebony Salmon’s second half strike saw Bristol City Women overcome Birmingham City 1-0 at Solihull Moors and lift the Robins off the foot of the Barclays FAWSL table. 

What Happened?

Birmingham began the game brightly and got the first look on goal when Visalli picked up the ball twenty yards out and unleashed a strike, which Baggaley was on hand to get down quickly to and make a smart stop. 

The pressure kept coming for the hosts as Mayling’s inswinging corner momentarily caused the Bristol City defence problems, but Baggaley came through the crowded box to beat the ball away from danger. 

Bristol City’s first clear cut chance came on the half an hour mark as a well-crafted move allowed Robinson to burst into the Blues’ box, get to the byline and pick out Wellings in the six yard box but Hampton was equal to the forward’s effort to keep the scores level. 

As the second half began, Bristol City seemingly had the wind in the sails as Tanya Oxtoby’s side pressed for an opener at Solihull Moors. 

Charlie Wellings on the ball against her former side (via JMPUK).

Yana Daniels almost opened the scoring in spectacular fashion with a well-struck shot from 25-yards out, which had Hampton scrambling to cover but the Blues had the crossbar to thank as the ball clattered off the woodwork and clear of danger. 

Birmingham slowly built their way back into the game and had a chance to take the lead as Williams stole possession in the Bristol City half and found Grant in the box, however Chance had tracked her runner and put in a perfectly timed challenge to prevent a shot at Baggaley’s goal.

The decisive moment came 75 minutes into play and no less than ten minutes after the introduction of Salmon. The speedster raced onto a precise through ball from Matthews before keeping her composure and sliding the ball under Hampton to put the Robins ahead. 

Birmingham pushed for an leveller but they couldn’t find a way through and City almost had a second as Chance instinctively pulled the trigger from range and rattled the ball off the crossbar. 


Teams:

Bristol City: Baggaley, Pattinson, Matthews, Brown, Bryson, Chance (Allen 87), Logarzo, Daniels, Jeon (Wynne 45), Wellings, Robinson (Salmon 65).

Subs: Jones, Collis, Sanford, Cumings (GK)

Blues: Hampton, Jordan, Harrop, Brougham, Scott (Walker 59), Visalli (Scofield 79), Whipp, Kelly, Grant, Mayling, Williams.

Subs: Holloway, Brooks (GK)


Key moment: Ebony Salmon

With the game finely poised and heading towards a nail-biting finish, up stepped Ebony Salmon. 

Introduced in the 65th minute the striker came on and made quite the impact as she latched on to Jas Matthews’ pinpoint ball over the top and made no mistake in finding the back of the net and securing all three points for her side. 

Lethal. 


Player of the match: Jas Matthews

Having missed Monday’s FA Cup clash Jas Matthews returned to the starting 11 and put in another fine display in the centre of the Bristol City defence. 

She broke up play and allowed City Women to build from the back, as well as providing the killer pass which saw Salmon bag the winner and ultimately take home three vital points.

Talismanic. 


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