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Report: Bristol City Women 0-1 Liverpool Women

An early goal separated the two sides as Bristol City Women suffered a 1-0 loss against Liverpool at the SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium.

What Happened?

The away side nearly took the lead after two minutes when Babajide’s driven effort forced Sophie Baggaley into a brilliant fingertip save against the post.

Liverpool got their goal after 13 minutes, when Melissa Lawley’s cross was parried by Baggaley into the path of Rachel Furness, who made no mistake in finishing from close range.

The Robins’ best chance of the first half fell to Liv Chance when she drove forward from the halfway line and released a thunderous effort from 25 yards, which clattered the crossbar.

Bristol City started the second half much better than the first, with Ebony Salmon cutting onto her right before forcing Anke Preuss into a smart save.

City had a chance to equalise 65 minutes in, when Salmon’s cross was parried by the ‘keeper, ensuing a goalmouth scramble where Charlie Welling was fouled and awarded a penalty.

Wellings stepped up to take the spot-kick, however Preuss guessed the right way and saved the effort, as well as the follow-up shot by Poppy Pattison.

The game was an even affair as City pushed for an equaliser late in the second half, however Liverpool and Furness came inches away from doubling their lead with three minutes to go when her long-range strike beat Baggaley and clattered off the crossbar.

Preuss made a brilliant save in the dying stages to deny Megan Wynne an equaliser when she made a brilliant reflex save from close range and guarantee her side all three points.


Teams:

Bristol City: Baggaley (GK), Evans, Matthews, Brown(C) (Bryson, 67), Pattinson, Salmon, Daniels, Wellings, Sargeant (Robinson, 84), Hughes (Wynne, 28), Chance.

Subs: Cumings (GK), Allen, Ga-Eul, Collis.

Liverpool: Preuss (GK), Robe, Roberts (Murray, 76), Fahey, Bradley-Auckland (C), Bailey, Lawley (Sweetman-Kirk, 94), Charles (Hodson, 68), Babajide, Jane, Furness.

Subs: Heeps, Clarke, Rodgers, Purfield


Key moment: 

The Liverpool attack was nonstop from the whistle, and their early pressure paid off when they took a deserved lead 13 minutes in, which then set them up for the rest of the game.

The early goal from Furness’ gave the away side a massive boost in confidence and gave them the ability to control the tempo of the game, meaning City had to work even harder to try and find the equaliser.


Player of the match: Megan Wynne

Despite the result, a positive Tanya Oxtoby can take from the defeat is the performance from debutant Megan Wynne.

The 26-year-old was brought on in the first half and ran her socks off throughout the remainder of the match, her work-rate unmatched. Oxtoby will be happy to see how well she slotted into her side despite only arriving last night.

Promising signs from the Robins’ new arrival.

Written by: Lewis Barton