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Report: Bristol City Women 0-3 Manchester City

Bristol City Women fell to a hard fought 3-0 defeat against a strong Manchester City side at Twerton Park.

Goals from Caroline Weir, Ellen White and Samantha Mewis handed victory to the visitors as they continue their title challenge.

What happened? 

The Sky Blues took the lead just after the 10-minute mark when Weir scored from close range. 

Chloe Kelly picked up the ball in space out on the left and her cross was met by Weir, who swept into the net past Sophie Baggaley for her seventh goal of the season. 

Ellen White thought she had doubled the lead when she clinically found the top corner after latching onto a through ball, however she was flagged for offside. However, it was two on the half-hour mark as White tucked home. 

Alex Greenwood played a smart ball over the top for Lauren Hemp to latch on to, and the ex-Bristol City winger fizzed the ball across the six-yard box for the England international to slot across Baggaley and into the bottom corner.

Harrison had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside (JMPUK)

The Robins started to create more chances in the second half and Abi Harrison found the back of the net when her volley from 20-yards out found the bottom corner brilliantly, however the linesman’s flag was raised.

Aimee Palmer tried her luck with a vicious volley on the edge of the box, but the midfielder's effort flashed past Ellie Roebuck’s right upright. City continued pressing, which led to Harrison coming close when the Robins won possession back on the edge of the box, but the striker dragged her shot of target.

It was an encouraging second-half from the Robins who were threatening the Citizens’ goal on multiple occasions.

Baggaley was also in inspired form at Twerton Park as she thwarted the Man City stars throughout the 90 minutes. The shot-stopper made two worldie saves in the second half, first to deny White in a one-on-one and the second a fingertip save to deny Dahlkemper from picking out the top corner.

Despite Matt Beard's sides best efforts to find a goal, Mewis confirmed all three points for Man City with a looping header in the 90th minute.

Substitute Jeanine Beckie was denied brilliantly by the leg of Baggaley when sent through one-on-one with the ‘keeper, but the loose ball was met in the air by Mewis who looped her header over the keeper as it nestled into the far corner.


Teams:

Bristol City Women: Baggaley ©, Rafferty, Pike, Allen (Bryson, 46), Palmer (Humphrey, 67), Bissell, Harrison (Wellings, 67), Purfield, Mastrantonio (Layzell, 76), Jones (Daniels, 46), Skeels.

Substitutes: Haaland, Collis, Wilson.

Manchester City Women: Roebuck, Kelly (Becky, 87), Stanway, Dahlkemper, Morgan (Stokes, 67), Hemp (Park, 87), White © (Lavelle, 80), Weir, Mewis, Walsh, Greenwood.

Substitutes: Taieb, Keating, Mannion, Coombs, Davies.


Key Moment: 

A brilliant team goal from Manchester City put them 2-0 up in the first half and into the driving seat.

Greenwood’s pinpoint pass to Hemp sent the winger into space on the right, and her drilled cross into the box was met by the galloping White, who expertly side-footed the ball across her body and into the bottom corner.

It gave the visitors a comfortable lead going into the second half as they controlled possession well, and despite the Robins’ best efforts to pull a goal back, Gareth Taylor’s side held out and added a third to claim all three points. 


Player of the Match: Sophie Baggaley 

Once again Baggaley showed her importance to the squad with another great performance between the sticks. 

On multiple occasions throughout the 90 minutes Man City looked destined to score as they were out through on goal, but brave goalkeeping from Baggaley continuously denied the Citizens.

A stand-out stop came late in the second half from a Man City corner as Dahlkemper fires a shot on the angle, which looks destined to find the top corner. Baggaley had other ideas as she leapt upwards to get the feintest touch, which sent the ball spinning past the post.

Solid. 

Author: Lewis Barton

Match Report Sponsor: University of the West of England


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