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Posted Saturday, January 6th 2018

Report: City Women 2-1 Everton Ladies

Lauren Hemp struck in each half to give Bristol City Women a winning start to 2018.

Though Georgia Brougham nodded the Merseysiders back into contention 17 minutes from the end, they were unable to conjure up a leveller as the Vixens leapfrogged them in the table up to seventh on seven points.

It took just 10 minutes for City Women to make the breakthrough as Yana Daniels advanced down the left and provided a square ball into the box, lashed home by England youth international Hemp.

Everton's only clear chance of the opening period came just after the half-hour when the Vixens somehow survived a goalmouth scramble, with Courtney Sweetman-Kirk unable to force the ball home as she hit the post.

But the Vixens were only inches away from doubling their lead just before the break when Hemp's free kick from the right was flicked over the bar by Millie Turner.

It was 1-0 at the break and City Women were in a confident mood going into the changing rooms.

Hemp had two more chances soon after the interval, eight minutes after the break, a well-worked corner found her in space eight yards out, but she blazed her shot off target.

Then a poor clearance by Lizzie Durack saw Chloe Arthur send Hemp clear, the Everton keeper making amends by pulling off a diving stop.

Approaching the hour mark, Daniels floated a delightful free-kick into the rising Millie Turner, but her header was inches wide.

Hemp's second goal finally arrived from the penalty spot in the 65th minute after Daniels was brought down, the striker leaving Durack rooted to the spot as she fired her attempt firmly to the keeper's right.

Everton refused to lie down and pulled a goal back in the 74th minute, defender Georgia Brougham credited with the final touch as a sea of heads rose to meet a flighted ball into City Women's box.

City Women held on in a tense final 15 minutes of a frenetic encounter, on a bitterly cold night at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.

City Women: Baggaley; Brown, Kerkdijk, Matthews; Turner, Biesmans; Allen (Wilson 90), Estcourt, Arthur, Daniels; Hemp (Fergusson 90). Subs not used: Leach, Watson, Palmer, Goddard, Nolan.