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Bristol City Women 0-1 Birmingham City Women: Aoife Mannion seals win after penalty miss

Birmingham City's Aoife Mannion
Aoife Mannion recovered from seeing her penalty saved to net the winner in Bristol

Birmingham City eventually found a way past Bristol City as Aoife Mannion's wonder goal gave them a fourth win from five Women's Super League games.

Former Blues keeper Sophie Baggaley had earlier saved Mannion's first-half penalty.

But she was unable to keep out the defender's well-struck, dipping effort with 15 minutes to go.

In-form Birmingham stay second, level on points with leaders Arsenal, who have a game in hand.

Bristol City - whose unbeaten September had seen new boss Tanya Oxtoby named manager of the month - played with five across the back and proved tough to break down, while threatening little going forward.

September's player of the month Baggaley prevented them from falling behind in the first half, as she superbly palmed away Mannion's spot-kick after Birmingham's Emma Follis had been clipped in the box.

The visitors had earlier gone close when Charlie Wellings' close-range effort was blocked by Frankie Brown.

But the Blues' dominance of possession and territory was ultimately rewarded as Mannion's second-half strike was enough to inflict a first league defeat of the season on the hosts.

Bristol City boss Tanya Oxtoby:

"Credit must go to Birmingham because they are one of the best teams in the league when they are in possession of the ball and they created enough chances to win the game.

"But we need to realise where we are at and I couldn't have asked any more from the girls. They were exceptional, they tried super hard and I couldn't have asked them to give anything more.

"(Goalkeeper) Sophie Baggaley has been on fire for us over the opening weeks of the season and she made a tremendous penalty save, so no doubt we'll be hearing all about that in training this week."

Birmingham City manager Marc Skinner:

"I knew it would be a tough game and Bristol City made it very difficult but I thought we controlled the game throughout and deserved to win.

"The biggest test in football is adaptability. We had people playing in different positions during the game and we were back to the type of Birmingham I want to see.

"This was our fourth clean sheet and the reason for that isn't just good defending, it's because we keep control of the ball - and if you do that, you keep control of the game."

Line-ups

Bristol City Women

  • 1Baggaley
  • 6Kerkdijk
  • 5Brown
  • 3Evans
  • 2Dykes
  • 8Humphrey
  • 20Biesmans
  • 7Pattinson
  • 14Graham
  • 10RutherfordSubstituted forPayneat 67'minutes
  • 9KemppiSubstituted forRobinsonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 16Payne
  • 18Wilson
  • 22Watson
  • 23Robinson

B'ham City Women

  • 30Berger
  • 3Sargeant
  • 25Mannion
  • 6Harrop
  • 23ScottSubstituted forMaylingat 66'minutes
  • 13Ewers
  • 4Ladd
  • 2WilliamsBooked at 62mins
  • 37Staniforth
  • 15Wellings
  • 14FollisSubstituted forQuinnat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Mayling
  • 11Quinn
  • 18Scofield
  • 21Hayles
  • 29Hampton
Referee:
Sam Allison
Attendance:
436

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol City WomenAway TeamB'ham City Women
Possession
Home25%
Away75%
Shots
Home0
Away16
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City Women FC 0, Birmingham City Women 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City Women FC 0, Birmingham City Women 1.

Attempt missed. Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Paige Williams.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Paige Williams (Birmingham City Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Lucy Quinn replaces Emma Follis.

Marisa Ewers (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gemma Evans (Bristol City Women FC).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City Women FC. Katie Robinson replaces Juliette Kemppi.

Hayley Ladd (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carla Humphrey (Bristol City Women FC).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City Women FC 0, Birmingham City Women 1. Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Kerys Harrop.

Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Gemma Evans.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sophie Baggaley (Bristol City Women FC) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City Women) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Paige Williams with a cross following a set piece situation.

Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Heather Payne (Bristol City Women FC).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City Women FC. Heather Payne replaces Ella Rutherford.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Sarah Mayling replaces Harriet Scott.

Attempt missed. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth.

Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Sophie Baggaley.

Attempt saved. Meaghan Sargeant (Birmingham City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth.

Emma Follis (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danique Kerkdijk (Bristol City Women FC).

Booking

Paige Williams (Birmingham City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paige Williams (Birmingham City Women).

Ella Rutherford (Bristol City Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harriet Scott (Birmingham City Women).

Julie Biesmans (Bristol City Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hayley Ladd (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucy Graham (Bristol City Women FC).

Attempt missed. Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aoife Mannion.

Attempt saved. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Emma Follis (Birmingham City Women).

Frankie Brown (Bristol City Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol City Women FC 0, Birmingham City Women 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bristol City Women FC 0, Birmingham City Women 0.

goal

As It Stood

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1Arsenal Women44002131812
2B'ham City Women540163312
3Man City Women53201651111
4Reading Women42115147
5Chelsea Women513125-36
6Liverpool Women420237-46
7Bristol City Women41213305
8West Ham Women4112612-64
9Everton Ladies402238-52
10Brighton Women501438-51
11Yeovil Town Ladies4004215-130
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