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Posted Wednesday, March 28th 2018

Report: Bristol City Women 0 - Birmingham City Ladies 2

Bristol City Women fell to defeat, with a brace from Ellen White securing all three points for the Blues.

 

The first half got off to a fiery start, with both teams having plenty of the ball in the opening five minutes.

White broke the deadlock on seven minutes, after she latched onto Charlie Wellings’ deflected shot.

Keeper Sophie Baggaley had to be on top form to keep the deficit to one goal, throwing her body in the way to deny Rachel Williams as the striker was clean through.

Lauren Hemp was the Vixens biggest threat, dancing her way past Birmingham City’s defenders on more than one occasion.

Mid-way through the first-half, she found herself brought down in the penalty area, but referee Stacey Pearson waved play on.

After the half time break, it was City Women who began to dominate proceedings.

The combination of Hemp, Millie Farrow and Charlie Estcourt caused the visitors all kinds of problems and the Blues struggled to make it out of their own half.

Just after the hour mark and against the run of play, White grabbed her second goal of the night.

After a quick counter-attacking move, Rachel Williams’ header hit the base of the post and as the ball dribbled along the goal line, the Lionesses star was there to tap home.

As the clock ticked towards 90 minutes, both sides had chances to grab a late goal and had it not been for the heroics of Baggaley, White would have had her hat-trick, but the Vixens shot stopper managed to stay low and keep the score at 2-0.

Bristol City Women: Baggaley, Matthews, Kerkdijk, Arthur, Humphrey (Wilson 78), Daniels, Hemp, Allen, Biesmans, Turner (Dykes 60), Farrow (Estcourt 70).

 

Words by Chelsey Downing

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