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Report: Bristol City Women 3-0 London Bees

Goals from Carla Humphrey, Ebony Salmon and Abi Harrison secured three points for City Women in their first game of the FA Continental Cup in a dominant 3-0 win over London Bees.

What Happened?

City Women were quick out the blocks and their early domination paid off when a well-spotted pass from Olivia Chance found Carla Humphrey in the box, with her first touch setting her up nicely to slot home past Megan Lynch into the bottom left corner.

Flo Allen tried her luck when urged to shoot from 30 yards, however, her long-distance effort flew over the bar. The Robins were the dominant side and rarely didn’t have the ball at their feet, causing many problems for the Bees.

Ebony Salmon doubled City’s lead on 25 minutes, using her electric pace to get the better of Megan Alexander, to race into the box and calmly slide the ball under Lynch.

The first chance of the second half fell to the away side after City lost possession in their own half, however Matthews’ last-ditch challenge was enough to stop the Bees swarm.

Katie Robinson almost made it three 20 minutes from time when her goal-bound effort hit the back of substitute Abi Harrison. Bees almost got one back just minutes from the end when Amelia Hazard’s header from a set-piece rebounded off the post into the hands of Sophie Baggaley.

The third goal came two minutes into stoppage time when Salmon’s floated cross into the box fell to the feet of Harrison, who put the ball past Lynch from six yards out to wrap up the victory.


Teams:

Bristol City Women

Baggaley, Evans, Matthews, Brown, Van der Linden (Wilson 84’), Humphrey, Salmon, Wellings (Harrison 75’), Allen, Reilly (Robinson 65’), Chance

Subs: Cumings (GK), Daniels, Strippel, Woolley

London Bees

Lynch, Wilson, Alexander, Roberts, Brooks (Hazard 68’), Horwood, Loomes (Pickett 51’), Nunn, Lynch, Whinnet, Gamby, Will (Gibson 82’)

Subs: Quantrill, Dench


Key moment:

City needed a fast start and got off the mark inside ten minutes thanks to a well taken goal from Carla Humphrey. It was the midfielder’s first goal in over twelve months and got the hosts off to a perfect start.

Olivia Chance’s neat pass behind the Bees defence free Humphrey who made no mistake in burying the ball in the bottom corner.


Player of the match:

While City’s attacking players grabbed the goals and the headlines Jas Matthews was today’s stand-out performer in Oxtoby’s side.

The centre-back put in a fantastic display both with and without the ball that provided City Women with the foundations to go on and claim their first win of the season.

Superb. 

Written by: Lewis Barton