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Report: Bristol City Women 0-0 Chelsea Women FC

Resilient City Women claim a valuable point against champions, Chelsea Women FC at the SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium.


What Happened? 

Chelsea dominated early proceedings, but the well-drilled City Women defence held firm with Pattinson and Evans both putting in well-timed challenges to stop the tenacious Chelsea attack. 

The best chances of the half for the visitors both fell to, Ramona Bachmann, but twice Sophie Baggaley was equal to the Swiss strikers’ efforts.

Her first fell to her on the edge of the City Women box and her effort seemed destined for the bottom corner, but Baggaley produced a fine save down to her right to put the ball behind. 

The goalkeeper was again equal to Bachmann’s effort in the six yard box to keep the visitors at bay, she did also have an effort canon off the underside of the crossbar, but thankfully for Oxtoby’s side it bounced the right side of the line and was swiftly cleared by Frankie Brown.

Poppy Pattinson in action (via JMPUK).

Graham had Bristol City’s best chance of the half, Ella Rutherford applied pressure on Eriksson to win the ball in the Chelsea half, she then fed the ball into the feet of Kemppi and the Finland international then wrong-footed Bright before laying the ball off to Graham, whose shot forced Lindahl into a smart save down to her right. 

As the second half progressed Chelsea continued to press, continuously probing the edge of the City Women box, but to no avail. 

Every threat that the champions posed, Oxtoby’s side were equal to, from one to eleven the City Women worked tirelessly to get bodies behind the ball and pressure the visitors into mistakes. 

Loren Dykes lead her side brilliantly from the back (via JMPUK).

Throughout the ninety minutes Bristol City looked dangerous on the counter attack and on the seventy minute mark a swift break by Julie Biesmans and Juliette Kemppi opened up a chance on the right hand side for Carla Humphrey, but Lindahl was equal to her effort and stopped City Women from scoring a memorable goal. 

As the final whistle drew close Chelsea threw everything they had at City, but the red wall would not budge and when it did waiver, Sophie Baggaley was there to keep the sides clean sheet intact.

None more so than in stoppage time, when the England under-23 international was out quickly to stop Fran Kirby’s strike which would have wrapped up all three points for the visitors. 


Key Moment: 

Deep in to stoppage time as the Chelsea attack hounded the City Women defence, the ball kindly dropped to Fran Kirby in the box and she instinctively pulled the trigger rifling her shot towards goal which seemed destined for the back of the net.

However, Baggaley had other ideas and made a tremendous save to stop Kirby's effort and ensure her side left with a deserved point. 

Sophie Baggaley was in top form between the sticks (via JMPUK).

Teams:

Bristol City Women: 

Baggaley, Dykes (C), Kerkdijk, Brown, Evans, Pattinson, Humphrey, Biesmans, Graham, Rutherford (Johnson 68), Kemppi

Subs: Watson (GK), Rood, Payne, Wilson, Strippel, Woolley.

Chelsea Women FC: 

Lindahl, Blundell (Engman 78), Bright, Carney (C), Yun-Ji, Kirby, Eriksson, Andersson, Mjelde, Carney (C), Ji, Cuthbert (England 62), Kirby, Bachmann

Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Carter, Ingle, Spence.


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