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Report: Bristol City Women 3-0 Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies

Bristol City Women kept their hopes of a place in the Continental Tyres Cup quarter-finals alive as their 3-0 win over Brighton moved them into second place in Group Two South, on goals difference.

The Vixens will have to wait until leaders Chelsea host Tottenham on Wednesday before finding out who progresses to the knock-out stages.

The Vixens had to win by two clear goals to have a chance of progressing initially.

Goals from Danique Kerkdijk, Lauren Hemp and Yana Daniels gave the Vixens victory over the FA Women’s Super League 2 side at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.

The visitors started well, but City Women were equal to the pressure and then started to dominate possession, with chances falling to Daniels, Hemp and Chloe Arthur in the first 20 minutes.

Kerkdijk broke the deadlock in the 24th minute when Brighton keeper Lucy Gillett dropped Hemp’s lofted cross from the right and the Dutch international defender had the simple task of tapping home.

Brighton could have levelled four minutes later when Fliss Gibbons fired inches wide.

City Women were only prevented from extending their lead by the woodwork just after the half-hour mark when Hemp saw her left-footed shot from 20 yards rattle the post.

The visitors also squandered a couple of opportunities in the final minute of the opening period, Iniabasi Umotong blazing an angled shot wide and Gibbons seeing her attempt fly agonisingly wide of the far post.

The score remained 1-0 at the break, with both sides feeling they may have got more from the first-half.

Hemp twice caused a threat four minutes into the second half, first cutting in from the right and seeing her shot deflected out of play, then firing over the top from the resulting corner.

But the England youth international extended the Vixens’ lead from the penalty spot in the 54th minute, sending Gillett the wrong way with her shot after she had been brought down by Amelia Ritchie.

The last half an hour of the game was played in the midfield mostly, with no real chances for either side.

On 88 minutes, Daniels put the outcome beyond doubt two minutes from the end when she fired a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.

Bristol City: Leach; Biesmans (Palmer 88), Kerkdijk, Matthews (Brown 88); Allen, Arthur, Turner, Daniels, Humphrey (Dykes 68); Hemp, Fergusson. Subs not used: Watson, Goddard, P.Wilson, E.Wilson.

Thank you to Ocado for sponsoring this evening's fixture, your support is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

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