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Report: Bristol City Women 5-2 Aston Villa Ladies

Lucy Graham and Juliette Kemppi bagged a brace and Katie Robinson scored her first senior goal for City Women in a comprehensive, 5-2, victory over Aston Villa Ladies in the FA Continental Cup.

What Happened?

Scottish midfielder, Graham has enjoyed a prolific start to the season and she opened her account for the evening no less than four minutes into the game as she got low to head in Poppy Pattinson’s cross. 

After a strong start for City Women, Graham made it two as her delicate chip from the edge of the box was an inch too far Rogers in the Villa goal, who managed to get finger tips to the ball but it dropped under the bar to see City Women double their lead. 

Juliette Kemppi made it three before the half was up after latching on to a pinpoint pass from Julie Biesmans and the forward didn’t need a second invitation as she rifled the ball into the bottom corner. 

Kemppi also secured her brace for the evening five minutes into the second half. Ella Rutherford had been lively all evening and her trickery on the left wing allowed her to put Kemppi through on goal and the Finnish international stroked the ball into the far corner to make it four. 

Julie Biesmans in action (via JMPUK).

Villa managed to catch the City Women defence off-guard and Natasha Baptiste raced through on goal before slotting the ball past Cumings in the City Women net. 

As the game entered the final five minutes there was still time for more goals as Katie Robinson opened her senior account for Bristol City Women. The ball broke for Juliette Kemmpi in the Villa box and the forward found Robinson at the far post and the sixteen-year-old made no mistake in dispatching the ball into the bottom corner. 

With the ninety minutes up there was still time for Villa to grab a second as Nadine Hanssen dispossessed the City Women defence and placed the ball into the bottom corner to give her a consolation goal at the death. 


Bristol City Women:

Cumings, Woolley, Brown (C), Kerkdijk, Pattinson (Robinson 45’), Biesmans, Wilson (Dykes 72’), Rutherford, Graham (Humphrey 66’), Payne, Kemppi. 

Subs: Baggaley, Ayane 

Aston Villa Ladies: 

Rogers, Hutton, Elsmore, N’Dow, Gibson, West (Hassell 65’), Hanssen, Warner, Hall, Baptiste (Welsh 69’), Smith

Key moment:

Bristol City Women were already in control at 2-0 up but their third goal ten minutes before half-time killed the game off. Biesmans produced a pinpoint pass which freed Kemppi and the Finnish international did the rest to put Oxtoby’s side in complete control.

Player of the match:

Looking past Juliette Kemppi’s brace, the forward was in fine form throughout the ninety minutes. Her movement and energy in the final third stretched the Villa defence, which more often than not created space for her teammates to exploit. 

Her two goals were superbly taken in tricky weather conditions as she held her nerve when through on goal and she selflessly assisted Robinson for her first City Women goal. 

Photo of the match:

Lucy Graham celebrates her first goal (via JMPUK).