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Report: Bristol City Women 1-2 Chelsea Ladies

City Women were left heartbroken as a 90th minute penalty denied them a draw with high flyers Chelsea at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.

The Vixens did manage one scalp however, scoring the first domestic goal against Chelsea this season.

The intense Continental Tyres Cup clash got off to a frantic start at the Stoke Gifford Stadium, with both teams battling for possession from the off, trying to get a foot-hold in the game.

City Women were eager to right the wrongs of the league defeat to Reading last weekend and they looked like a side determined to do just that.

The first chance came for Lioness Drew Spence however, as she fired an effort from six yards, only to be confidently denied by Caitlyn Leach.

Chelsea began to take control of the possession, looking particularly dangerous down the left wing with Eniola Aluko and Crystal Dunn driving forward at pace frequently. Carla Humphrey and Yana Daniels were often equal to their advances, putting in some crucial blocks during the game.

The Vixens first chance came halfway through the first half, with a cross into the box from Lauren Hemp which was unable to find Arthur in the middle.

Despite some pressure from City Women, Chelsea countered well and with that came chances on goal.

The first was a strike from Maren Mjelde which was well saved by Leach, then Spence had a shot on target which was brilliantly blocked by Daniels and finally Magdalena Eriksson had a powerful header cleared by Leach again, who was fantastic in goal all evening.

Just before half-time, the Vixens started to look dangerous again, ending Chelsea’s period of pressure to take control of the game. 

The game was goalless at the interval, with both sides feeling they could steal a result.

Chelsea came out the blocks firing in the second half, as Aluko made a quick turn in the box, opening the scoring with a clinical finish in the 46th minute.

The home side reacted well to going behind with Flo Allen making a break down the right at pace to make a cross into the box, only for it to be cleared out of the danger zone.

A number of chances were created after Allen’s break, with Hemp curling one in from a tight spot but only managing to find the crossbar.

It was then captain Millie Turner, who led from the front to blast home her own rebound and put the Vixens level having minutes earlier been denied by Rebecca Spencer.

However it was heartbreak for the Vixens in the 90th minute ,when Karen Carney was brought down in the box winning a penalty for her side. Carney sent Leach the wrong way to make it 2-1.

City Women continued to show a never say die attitude right until the final whistle, with a long range effort from Chloe Arthur, missing the target by inches.

City Women: Leach, Daniels (Fergusson 77), Kerkdijk, Brown, Dykes, Arthur, Allen, Humphrey (Woolley 77), Biesmans, Turner, Hemp. Subs not used: Matthews, Watson, Palmer, E Wilson

Photo credit: Will Cheshire