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Report: Manchester City Women 2-2 Bristol City Women

Manchester City Women score twice in the final ten minutes to rescue a draw against Bristol City Women.

Bristol City Women opened the scoring on the fifteen minute mark after Danique Kerkdijk tapped in from close range and they later doubled their lead when Juliette Kemppi dispossessed and chipped Karen Bardsley. 

A penalty from Nikita Parris and fine strike from Steph Houghton just three minutes from time completed the hosts’ comeback. 

What Happened? 

It was Bristol City Women who had the first clear cut chances of the half, both falling to forward Ella Rutherford who twice caught the Manchester City Women defence napping and forced goalkeeper Bardsley in to two smart saves. 

Oxtoby’s side opened the scoring on the fifteen minutes mark as Rutherford’s floated free-kick was not dealt with by Bardsley and the ball fell to the feet of Danique Kerkdijk to tap in from three yards out. 

The hosts had their fair share of chances during the opening exchanges, Parris’ thunderous volley was well dealt with by Baggaley and the goalkeeper was again up to the task when she got down well to her right to keep Nadim’s header out. 

Baggaley made a string of fine saves as the half progressed - the pick of the bunch was when she came out bravely to meet Nadim’s close range effort and prevent a certain goal.

Poppy Pattinson in action (via Tom Flathers, Man City).

Manchester City Women came out firing in the second half, but resolute defending from Brown and Evans in particular kept then hosts out. 

Bristol City Women then doubled there lead through Juliette Kemppi to stun the Academy Stadium into silence. The Finnish striker dispossessed Bardsley outside her box and chipped the ball over the back tracking goalkeeper and into the net.  

Manchester City Women pressed for the rest of the half and had to wait until the eighty-second minute for their breakthrough, Parris was bought down in the box by Johnson and the striker stepped up to cooly convert from the spot. 

Bristol City Women were minutes away from a memorable win, but Steph Houghton’s superb curling effort was just out of reach for Baggaley and Manchester City Women completed their comeback. 

Tanya Oxtoby’s side held out for the remainder of the game to claim another valuable point in the Women’s Super League. 


Bristol City Women:

Baggaley, Dykes (C), Brown, Kerkdijk, Evans (Johnson 71), Pattinson (Woolley 90), Humphrey, Biesmans, Rutherford (Payne 68), Graham, Kemppi

Subs: Cumings (GK), Ayane, Wilson, Rood

Manchester City Women:

Bardsley, McManus (Bonner 45), Beattie, Houghton (c), Walsh, Weir, Scott (Park 54), Wullaert, Emslie, Parris, Nadim (Stanway 54)

Subs: Roebuck (GK), Jans, Lawley, Morgan