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Report: Bristol City Women 1-1 Manchester City

Lucy Graham’s second half penalty helped Bristol City Women come from behind to draw 1-1 with Manchester City at the SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium. 


What happened?

Lucy Graham had the first shot on target as the ball broke for her in midfield and she tried her luck from range, however, her effort failed to trouble Roebuck in the Manchester City net. 

The visitors were then awarded an indirect free-kick in the Bristol City box after a mix up between Loren Dykes and Sophie Baggaley led to a back pass, Stanway stepped up for Cushing’s side and fortunately for the hosts she fired her shot wide. 

Bristol City continued their confident start as Ella Rutherford’s in-swinging free-kick picked out Danique Kerkdijk in the Manchester City box, but the centre-half couldn’t generate enough power on her header to trouble Roebuck.

The visitors took the lead with ten minutes to play in the half, Abbie McManus showed great awareness and footwork in the box to beat two Bristol City Women defenders and pick out Nikita Parris, who placed the ball into the bottom corner and put her side ahead. 

Poppy Pattinson in action (via JMPUK).

Chances came few and far between in then opening stages of the second half, but that all changed when Jennifer Beattie brought down Lucy Graham in the box leaving referee, James Durkin no choice but to point to the spot. 

It was Graham who stepped up and sent Roebuck the wrong way to cooly dispatch her penalty into the bottom corner and bring Tanya Oxtoby’s side level. 

Then came a flurry of Manchester City chances as Nikita Parris and Georgia Stanway had chances diverted behind by a resolute Bristol City defence. 

Manchester City almost took the lead as they hit the crossbar with successive attempts before Gemma Evans cleared the ball off the line to keep the scores level.

The scores would remain 1-1 as Bristol City Women made it two draws against Manchester City in the 2018/19 WSL campaign and claim another vital point in the Women’s Super League table. 


Teams:

Bristol City Women: Baggaley, Dykes (C), Evans, Kerkdijk, Pattinson, Brown, Biesmans, Rood (Humphrey 45’), Graham, Rutherford, Kemppi (Ayane 45’)

Subs: Cumings (GK), Payne, Wilson, Robinson, Woolley 

Manchester City Women: Roebuck, Stokes, Beattie, Houghton, McManus, Walsh, Scott, Wullaert (Hemp 57’), Weir, Stanway (Emslie), Parris (Bremer 86’)

Subs: Bardsley, Bonner, Lawley, Beckie


Key Moment:

With Manchester City in the lead, Bristol City Women needed a moment of inspiration and they got that from none other than Lucy Graham. 

A change in tactics saw Bristol City apply a high press in the second half and it would prove to be the spark for their goal as Graham got in front of Beattie inside the box, which lead to the defender bringing her down. 

Graham brushed herself off and stepped up to take the spot kick, she gave Roebuck the eyes and sent the keeper the wrong way before stroking the ball into the back of the net. 


Player of the match:

Frankie Brown was outstanding for Bristol City Women this afternoon, operating in central midfield she worked tirelessly all afternoon to give the Manchester City playmakers minimal time on the ball. 

Well-timed challenges allowed her to break up the Manchester City attack as well providing opportunities for her side to launch a counter-attack of their own.

Her work rate combined with her organisational skills made for a solid performance in central midfield. 


Photo of the Match:

Lucy Graham celebrates her tenth goal of the season (via JMPUK).