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Posted Thursday, May 3rd 2018

Report: Bristol City Women 1 - Manchester City Women 6

Bristol City Women fell to defeat against reigning champions Manchester City Women at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.

 

The Vixens started well, going close inside five minutes thanks to Poppy Wilson, before Chloe Arthur whipped in a teasing cross that was inches away from the boot of Yana Daniels soon after.

The Belgian continued to test the Manchester City defence as minutes ticked by, dancing past tackles and threading the ball through to Lauren Hemp on countless occasions.

The Sky Blues began to dominate possession mid-way through the first-half, but City Women keeper Sophie Baggaley was on top form and expertly dealt with each chance for the away side.

The Vixens were then dealt a blow as Poppy Wilson was forced off through injury after only returning to the side last month.

As the half-time whistle beckoned, England international Jill Scott broke the deadlock, heading home for the visitors from a corner against the run of play.

Three goals in 11 minutes for Manchester City Women from Claire Emslie, Jane Ross and Nikita Parris increased the lead to 4-0, before Millie Turner pulled one back for the Vixens after some impressive build-up play.

As they entered the final quarter of the match, Daniels looked to have grabbed City Women’s second of the night, but Bardsley threw herself to the ball and stopped the Red Flame’s shot just before it crossed the line.

As the Vixens pressed for a goal, Manchester City charged up the other end of the pitch to grab their fifth, as Nadia Nadim’s lobbed effort went over the head of Baggaley who had been outstanding all game.

With the final kick of the match, Georgia Stanway grabbed a sixth for the visitors as her cross somehow found itself in the back of the net.

Bristol City Women: Baggaley, Matthews (Dykes 70), Kerkdijk, Arthur, Daniels, Hemp, Allen, Biesmans, Wilson (Palmer 34), Turner (c), Farrow (Estcourt 62).

Unused substitutes: Watson, Brown, Woodham.

Words by Chelsey Downing

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