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Report: Bristol City Women 4-0 London Bees

The Robins started their FA Continental Cup campaign in style as they defeated London Bees 4-0 at Twerton Park to claim their first win of the season

What Happened?

City took the lead 10 minutes in when Bees defender Georgia Robert turned the ball into her own net.

Aimee Palmer’s acute through ball cut through the visitor’s backline and into the path of Jemma Purfield, who’s drilled cross struck the leg of Robert and flew past her ‘keeper to open the scoring.

Purfield was the provider once again just two minutes later when her deep cross was headed home by Chloe Logarzo.

The Robins’ left-back picked up the ball on the left and whipped a perfectly weighted cross deep into the Bees box to Logarzo. The Australian midfielder was unmarked at the back post and headed brilliantly across goal into the bottom left corner to net her first-ever goal for the club.

The quickfire double from Tanya Oxtoby’s side was an encouraging start, and her side kept up the constant pressure, with Ebony Salmon and Emma Bissell both testing Sarah Quantrill in the visitor’s goal.

City had the chance to get a third with half-time approaching when Bissell took on the Bees defence successfully and her fizzed cross was unluckily stroked over the bar by Logarzo.

Carla Humphrey was unlucky to get on the scoresheet moments later when her curling effort was certain for the top corner, however Quantrill was quick to react and brilliantly denied City’s number eight.

Bees put on the pressure in the early stages of the second-half but Sophie Baggaley dealt with the danger to keep her opponents at bay.

Salmon got the third for her side after finishing off a great team goal involving substitute Abi Harrison.

The 19-year-old forward picked up the ball on the edge of the box, before playing a quick one-two with Harrison, who slid the ball into Salmon’s path beautifully, leaving her with the simple task of poking the ball past the ‘keeper.

Substitute, Charlie Wellings added a fourth goal for City to all but confirm the victory for the Robins two minutes later.

Wellings picked up the ball, cut onto her left and drilled the ball into the bottom left corner from inside the box after being put through on goal by 17-year-old substitute and debutant, Naomi Layzell

The fourth goal was the last of the match to give the dominant Robins a deserved victory in their first FA Continentali Cup match.


Teams:

Bristol City Women: Baggaley, Evans, Rafferty (Layzell, 45), Logarzo, Humphrey, Salmon, Daniels, Palmer, Bissell (Harrison, 69), Purfield, Mastrantonio (Wellings, 69).

Substitutes: Haaland, Allen, Collis, Wilson, Jones.

London Bees: Quantrill, West, Robert, Estcourt, Taho (Pickett, 72), Nunn, Filis (Hazard, 62), Gibson (McLean, 72), Gamby, Will (Constantine, 77), Gane.

Substitutes: Hazeleton.


Key moment: 

With the game approaching the last 10 minutes, City were rather comfortable at 2-0 up, however a goal for the opposition could’ve set up a nervous end to the game. Step up Ebony Salmon.

The forward didn’t stop running all game and got herself on the scoresheet after a wonderful one-two with Harrison set her up to stroke the ball home and put the Robins 3-0 up and out of sight.

The goal put the game past the Bees, and a fourth followed shortly after to all but guarantee victory. 


Player of the Match: Jemma Purfield

The left-back was instrumental tonight for Bristol City as she caused mayhem on the left-flank for the Bees defence, as well as shutting out any danger down her side of the pitch. The summer signing was the provider for the two first-half goals – drilling the ball into the box for the own goal and then sticking a perfect cross into the box for Logarzo to head home for the second.

There was a moment in the second half when the 23-year-old won four consecutive 50/50 tackles with crunching challenges and then make a pass to create a chance.

Boss.

Lewis Barton


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