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Report: Manchester City Women 4-0 Bristol City Women

Bristol City Women were left to rue missed chances, on a tough afternoon in the north, as Manchester City Women took the spoils.

The game ended 4-0, with the hosts taking advantage of their opportunities when they came their way.

Izzy Christiansen made it 1-0 to the home side after just seven minutes.

A period of pressure resulted in Christiansen weaving her way into the box after collecting a ball from Jill Scott, only to be brought down in front of the referee.

She stepped up and calmly converted her own penalty.

On the quarter of an hour mark, Sophie Baggaley made the first of a string of impressive saves all afternoon, saving a stinging Jen Beattie free-kick.

Lauren Hemp collected the ball in her own half on 20 minutes and surged forward, but the youngster's efforts were well thwarted by the hosts as Hemp was isolated up top on her own.

The game settled down as thoughts turned towards half-time and it was going to take a moment of magic to change that, Claire Emslie then provided the spark. 

On 37 minutes, the ex-City Women player cut in from the left and curled her effort into the far corner to double Manchester City's lead.

The Vixens reacted well to going two down, and created three chances in a matter of minutes. Firstly, Yana Daniels dispossessed Scott and got a shot away, only to be denied by Ellie Roebuck. Moments later, Loren Dykes burst down the wing and crossed well, only for Humphrey to narrowly miss the enticing cross. In added time, Lauren Hemp was played through by Arthur, but Roebuck made an excellent save to deny the youngster.

The league leaders came firing out of the blocks in the second half, almost making it three on 48 minutes, Baggaley made an error in her box, gifting Scott, but the England shot-stopper saved excellently to make amends.

City Women then broke up field and Hemp was clean through, only to be denied by Roebuck once again.

Three minutes later, Dykes put in another inviting cross and Julie Biesmans flick on was narrowly wide.

After a period of Bristol City Women pressure and missed chances, the hosts then punished the visitors as Abbie McManus cut in from the right and fired home to make it 3-0.

Beattie then made it four on 80 minutes, weaving her way into the box and finishing neatly.

Bristol City Women: Baggaley, Dykes, Matthews, Kerkdijk, Arthur, Humphrey (Woolley 79), Daniels (Fergusson 66), Allen, Biesmans (Palmer 83), Turner, Hemp. Subs not used: Watson, E Wilson.

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