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Report: Manchester City Women 8-1 Bristol City Women

The Robins fall to a heavy defeat at the Academy Stadium.

What happened? 

Manchester City started the game with long spells of possession, which the Robins managed to absorb. The hosts then opened the scoring just shy of the ten minute mark via an own goal. 

Greenwood burst into the box on the left hand side and poked the ball towards the far corner, Layzell anticipated the shot and made a last ditch attempt to clear the ball off the line, but it unfortunately rebounded off the back of Baggaley and into the net. 

Despite falling behind early on, the Robins would not be deterred as Salmon raced onto a poor back pass from Bonner and beat Roebuck to the ball. She won the challenge with the ‘keeper and stroked the ball into the empty net to bring Bristol City level in less than two minutes.

Manchester City looked to hit back but they were met by stubborn Bristol City defence, who were putting their bodies on the line to defend their goal. 

A five minute blitz before half time saw the hosts take a commanding lead going into the break as Coombs volleyed over Baggaley, Walsh rifled a shot into the bottom corner from 25-yards and then Bronze finished a swift counter attacking move to put the hosts 4-1 up. 

Following the half-time break, the host’s unrelenting pressure did not ease. Stanway and White both finished two pinpoint crosses across the face of goal to extend Man City’s lead to 5 goals. 

Walsh had the chance to make it seven but as she raced through on goal, Baggaley stayed big and made a fine stop with her trailing leg to turn the ball over the bar. 

Man City unloaded their bench midway through the second half, and substitute Beckie netted a seventh with a low driven shot under Baggaley. White rounded off the scoring minutes from full-time with a delicate finish from a tight angle. 


Teams:

Bristol City Women: Baggalley, Matthews (C), Rafferty (Wilson 75’), Logarzo, Humphrey, Salmon, Daniels, Allen, Bissell (Jones 60’), Purfield, Layzell. 

Subs: Haaland, Cook, Collis

Manchester City: Roebuck, Houghton, Bonner, Bronze (Morgan 75’), Greenwood, Walsh (Weir 75’), Coombs (Scott 65’), Kelly (Beckie 65’), Stanway (Lavelle 75’), Mewis (Beckie 75’), White

Subs: Bardsley, Park


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