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Report: Bristol Academy 4 - 2 Liverpool Ladies

Bristol Academy ended their stay in the FA WSL 1 with an impressive win against Liverpool at Stoke Gifford Stadium.

The Vixens took the lead with the game's first meaningful attempt on goal, as Caroline Weir fired home Loren Dykes' cross from close range after just seven minutes. 

After a slow start Liverpool found themselves level midway through the first half when Lucy Staniforth's whipped cross was headed into her own net by Hannah Short. Despite relegation being confirmed last week, Bristol continued to press and after a spell of pressure Christie Murray restored the Vixens lead with a well-sculpted lob over Danielle Gibbons. Willie Kirk's side confidently took their advantage into the break and wasted no time extending their lead after half time.

Just 90 seconds after the restart it was 3-1 when Sophie Ingle's inch perfect cross was confidently slotted past Gibbons by Weir for her second of the night. Liverpool dominated the remainder of the game but fell further behind after 79 minutes when Tatiana Pinto fired home, before Natasha Dowie stabbed in a late consolation which failed to stop Bristol ending an otherwise disappointing season in style.

Bristol Academy 4 Weir 7, 46, Murray 29, Pinto 79

Liverpool 2 Short (O.G) 20, Dowie 86

Bristol Academy (4-3-3): Mary Earps; Loren Dykes, Hayley Ladd, Hannah Short, Frankie Brown; Tatiana Pinto, Georgia Evans, Sophie Ingle; Caroline Weir, Christie Murray, Angharad James.

Substitutes: Nadia Lawrence for Pinto 84, Evdokia Popadinova for Christie 88, Emma Tustin for Evans 90+3.

Substitutes not used: Hannah Reid, Sharla Passariello, Gabby Bird, Katie Jones.

Bookings: Christie Murray (22)

Red cards: none.

Liverpool (4-5-1): Danielle Gibbons; Martha Harris, Gemma Bonner, Satara Murray, Maz Pacheco; Ingrid Ryland, Lucy Staniforth, Katrin Omarsdottir, Rosie White, Katie Zelem; Natasha Dowie.

Substitutes: Ashley Hodson for Maz Pacheco 45, Asisat Oshoala for Katrin Omarsdottir 62.Substitutes not used: Rachel Darbyshire, Mollie Green, Shannon Beckwith, Hannah Dale.

Bookings: none.

Red cards: none.

Referee: Savvas Yianni.

Attendance: 721

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