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Posted Wednesday, April 18th 2018

Report: Bristol City Women 0-2 Liverpool Ladies

Goals from Bethany England and Alex Greenwood were enough to secure all three points for Liverpool Ladies, despite a dogged display by the Vixens.

City Women dominated the first-half thanks to some clinical passing by Poppy Wilson and Carla Humphrey. Millie Farrow and Yana Daniels caused mayhem up front, forcing Liverpool to play most of the opening 15 minutes in their own half.

The first real chance of the match came on the half-hour mark, thanks to Scottish international Caroline Weir. After some impressive build-up play, Weir found herself in the box but her left footed shot flashed across the face of goal before heading out for a goal kick.

Two minutes later, PFA young player of the year nominee Lauren Hemp danced her way past the Liverpool defence, but her shot flew inches over the crossbar.

Just before half-time the Vixens were awarded a free-kick just outside the box, thanks to a marauding run by Wilson. The resulting set piece was saved by Siobhan Chamberlain and the sides went into the break level with everything still to play for.

Against the run of play, it was Liverpool who broke the deadlock thanks to an impressive volley by Bethany England just after the restart. The Vixens had attempted to clear their lines from a corner, but the ball dropped just in front of the 23-year-old who smashed her volley into the back of the net.

The Reds could have doubled their lead ten minutes later, but keeper Sophie Baggaley made a world class save, pushing Weir’s shot over the crossbar despite peddling backwards to keep her eye on the ball. 

Just after the hour mark, City Women found themselves with space in the Liverpool box, but some last ditch defending by skipper Gemma Bonner stopped Daniels from getting her boot to the ball.

With the Vixens on the hunt for an equaliser, Liverpool went on the counter and were awarded a penalty after Greenwood was brought down in the box.

The England international converted the resulting penalty and the match finished Bristol City Women 0 – 2 Liverpool Ladies.

Bristol City: Baggaley, Allen, Kerkdijk, Turner, Matthews, Daniels, Humphrey (Dykes 73), Wilson (Palmer 73), Biesmans, Farrow (Woolley 61), Hemp.

Unused substitutes: Watson, Brown.

Tickets for City Women's remaining games are here.

Words by Chelsey Downing

 

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