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Robins’ Road to the Conti Cup Final

As the final of the FA Continental Tyres Cup approaches, we take a look back at the Robins’ journey to face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon (2.30pm KO).

Both teams enter the final boasting 100% records in the competition with five victories and fourteen goals carving City Women’s path to Vicarage Road.

The Robins began their Conti Cup journey in Group F, which saw them drawn into a four-team pool with three teams from the FA Championship: London Bees, Crystal Palace and Lewes FC.


Bristol City Women 4-0 London Bees - Group F

  • October 7th, 2020
  • Scorers: Logarzo, Roberts (OG), Salmon, Wellings

City’s road to the final began at their new home Twerton Park, where they faced the Bees under the lights in BA2.

The Robins got off to the perfect start as Georgia Roberts turned Jemma Purfield’s cross into her own net, before Chloe Logarzo emphatically headed home to double their lead before half-time.

It was all Bristol City in the second period as Abi Harrison and Ebony Salmon combined to see the latter finish with a left-footed strike. Charlie Wellings rounded off the scoring with a well-taken goal in the closing stages.


Crystal Palace 2-4 Bristol City Women - Group F

  • November 5th, 2020
  • Scorers: Logarzo (2), Bissell, Wellings

The second round of group games saw Bristol City travel to the capital on Bonfire Night to face Crystal Palace. The 90 minutes that followed would provide plenty of fireworks.

The Robins looked in control of the game at half-time thanks to Emma Bissell’s first goal in red and white, as well as a brace from Chloe Logarzo.

Charlie Wellings was introduced at the break and added a fourth to all but seal the game for City. However, Palace wouldn’t go down without a fight as a quickfire double from Baptiste set up a nervy last 20 minutes, but the Robins held out to make it two from two.


Lewes FC 1-3 Bristol City Women - Group F

  • November 17th, 2020
  • Scorers: Purfield, Bissell, Salmon

City Women’s final Group F encounter came on the South Coast as the Robins travelled to The Dripping Pan to take on Lewes FC.

Jemma Purfield opened the scoring in spectacular style as she intercepted on halfway and drove towards the Lewes goal before unleashing a strike into the top corner.

Bissell tucked home a second for City, followed by a fine strike from Ebony Salmon, who cut inside on her right foot and curled the ball across goal to find the bottom corner.

Lewes pegged a goal back in the second half but the Robins' hard work was done in the first 45 minutes as they left the South Coast top of Group F.


Bristol City Women 2-1 Aston Villa - Quarter-final

  • January 13th, 2021
  • Scorer: Salmon (2)

At the turn of the New Year, the Robins found themselves with an opportunity to make a run at the Conti Cup and rejuvenate confidence levels ahead of the second half of the season.

Ebony Salmon put on a clinic at Twerton Park to put City in the driving seat during the second half. First, she fired a shot past the ‘keeper before coolly doubling her tally as she rounded the shot-stopper for her second.

Stine Larsen pulled a goal back for Aston Villa late on, but the Robins held out to secure their place in the final four.

This victory would be Tanya Oxtoby’s last game in charge of City Women before going on maternity leave.


Bristol City Women 1-0 Leicester City - Semi-final

  • February 3rd, 2021
  • Scorers: Skeels

The final hurdle for the Robins came in early February as Championship high-flyers Leicester City visited Twerton Park with Matt Beard now at the helm.

Buoyed by their first league victory against Brighton & Hove Albion four days prior, Bristol City would go on to make history and book their place in the final.

It was a cagey affair with chances coming few and far between until midway through the second half as Kiera Skeels’ deft flick at the near post found its way into the far corner of the net.

The goal marked a dream debut for Skeels, who arrived less than a week earlier on Transfer Deadline Day.

City Women were resolute at the back to see out the remainder of the 90 minutes and cement their place in Sunday’s final where they will meet Chelsea at Vicarage Road.


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