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Report: Bristol City Women 0-1 Birmingham City Women

A thunderous thirty-yard Aoife Mannion strike proves the difference as Birmingham City Women end Bristol City Women’s unbeaten start to the season.

Sophie Baggaley had earlier made a fine save to keep Mannion's penalty effort out, but the Birmingham City defender stepped up and atoned for her penalty miss to seal all three points for Marc Skinner's side.

What happened?

Birmingham enjoyed possession in the early stages at the SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium spreading the ball from right to left, but they found it tough to break down the resolute Bristol City Women defence.

The first clear cut chance of the half fell to Meaghan Sargeant, who managed to get onto the end of Lucy Staniforth’s testing cross but the defender could only stab her effort over the bar.

The visitors then had the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot after Emma Follis was bought down in the area by Danique Kerkdijk.

Up stepped Aoife Mannion who looked to place her effort to the left of Baggaley, but the FAWSL Player of the Month got down well to make a smart penalty save and keep the scores level.

Baggaley saves Mannion's penalty (via JMPUK)

Staniforth was a real threat for the visitors all afternoon, if she wasn’t looking to get in behind the City Women defence herself she coming deep and looking to play the duo of Wellings and Forris in on goal with pin-point passing.

City Women looked to pick up the tempo and go in search of the first goal, twice Carla Humphrey broke down the right wing but unfortunately the final pass to create clear cut chances wasn’t quite coming for the hosts.

The deadlock was finally broken on the seventy-five minute mark when Aoife Mannion picked up a loose ball thirty yards out and rifled a shot towards goal which swerved and dipped under the crossbar to give the visitors the lead.

As the second half progressed Bristol City Women pressed for an equaliser, but Birmingham moved the ball well and didn’t give the hosts much of a chance to build a meaningful attack.

With the hosts pressing for an equaliser Birmingham had a chance to double their lead in the final minute through Charlie Wellings, but Frankie Brown did well to track back and deflect the forwards’ effort into the arms of Baggaley.


Bristol City Women:

Baggaley, Dykes (C), Evans, Brown, Kerkdijk, Pattinson, Humphrey, Kemppi (Robinson 82’), Rutherford (Payne 65’), Graham, Biesmans

Subs: Watson (GK), Johnson, Wilson

Birmingham City Women:

Berger, Harrop (C), Mannion, Sargeant, Williams, Ladd, Ewers, Scott (Mayling 65’), Staniforth, Follis (Quinn 85’), Wellings

Subs: Hampton (GK), Hayles, Scofield