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Women's Super League: Bristol City Women 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion Women

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Women's Super League Highlights: Bristol 0-0 Brighton

Goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley saved a first-half penalty as Bristol City and Brighton played out an entertaining draw on the opening day of the new Women's Super League season.

Baggaley made numerous stops, including a superb diving effort from Victoria Williams' firmly struck first-half spot-kick.

Brighton controlled the first half, with Aileen Whelan and new signing Lea La Garrec particularly threatening.

But City settled and Olivia Chance and Ebony Salmon almost hit late winners.

Chance showed great ability on the edge of the box, skipping away from a couple of challenges but her rising shot was brilliantly tipped over by Megan Walsh.

And fellow substitute Salmon saw her mis-hit cross come back off the underside of the bar with Walsh beaten.

The hosts improved steadily throughout in front of an enthusiastic crowd of more than 3,000 at Ashton Gate, but a City win would have been harsh on Hope Powell's Brighton side, who passed the ball crisply, closed down impressively and created the better openings.

Baggaley had to palm away an early overhit Le Garrec cross and, as well as the excellent dive to her right to stop Williams' penalty after Gemma Evans made minimal contact on Whelan, she also saved well from Whelan and Ellie Brazil.

Bosses happy with a point - reaction

Bristol City manager Tanya Oxtoby: "To be fair to Brighton, I thought they looked the better of the teams in the first half without really doing we didn't expect.

"We had a game plan and I was disappointed we didn't implement it properly.

"I'm not going to comment on the penalty decision, but it was a tremendous save from Sophie and that will do her confidence the world of good.

"I thought we got better as the game went on and could have won it at the end, but if you'd have offered me a point before the game I'd probably have taken it.

We have new players and they will take a while to gel - five of the girls out there had only trained with the rest of the players for 10 days before this game.

"I hope we will get better as the season goes on."

Brighton manager Hope Powell: "I think both managers will feel a bit disappointed they didn't win the game - although to be honest I'm just happy we didn't lose and have got a point on the board so early on because we lost our opening match last season.

"It was a tough game for both sides and we knew it would be difficult coming here because Bristol are well organised side and make it very hard for you.

"I thought the penalty we were awarded probably was a penalty, but it's difficult for the referee and we don't have VAR. But their keeper made a tremendous save to keep them in the game.

"We were clinging on at the end but I'm happy we didn't concede and have taken a point, although disappointed it wasn't all three."

Line-ups

Bristol City Women

  • 1Baggaley
  • 2Dykes
  • 16Sargeant
  • 4Matthews
  • 3Evans
  • 6van der LindenSubstituted forSalmonat 51'minutes
  • 5Brown
  • 11Wellings
  • 8HumphreySubstituted forRobinsonat 90+1'minutes
  • 10DanielsBooked at 40mins
  • 21HarrisonSubstituted forChanceat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Salmon
  • 12Allen
  • 13Cummings
  • 17Strippel
  • 19Robinson
  • 20Wilson
  • 25Chance

Brighton Women

  • 1Walsh
  • 12Lundorf SkovsenBooked at 86mins
  • 5WhelanSubstituted forNildénat 78'minutes
  • 20Williams
  • 3Gibbons
  • 4Bowman
  • 16Brazil
  • 17Connolly
  • 27Le GarrecSubstituted forKerkdijkat 78'minutes
  • 7Whelan
  • 15GreenSubstituted forUmotongat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Barton
  • 9Umotong
  • 10Natkiel
  • 11Nildén
  • 13Harris
  • 14Kerkdijk
  • 19Simpkins
Referee:
Abigail Byrne
Attendance:
3,041

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol City WomenAway TeamBrighton Women
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home7
Away20
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City Women 0, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City Women 0, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0.

Attempt missed. Katie Robinson (Bristol City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City Women. Conceded by Victoria Williams.

Attempt missed. Meaghan Sargeant (Bristol City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Wellings following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Wellings (Bristol City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yana Daniels.

Corner, Bristol City Women. Conceded by Megan Connolly.

Corner, Bristol City Women. Conceded by Danique Kerkdijk.

Foul by Amanda Nildén (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Loren Dykes (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City Women. Katie Robinson replaces Carla Humphrey.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Wellings (Bristol City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Matilde Lundorf Skovsen (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Matilde Lundorf Skovsen (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Ebony Salmon (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Carla Humphrey (Bristol City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Yana Daniels (Bristol City Women).

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Aileen Whelan tries a through ball, but Ini-Abasi Umotong is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Megan Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ini-Abasi Umotong with a cross.

Corner, Bristol City Women. Conceded by Megan Walsh.

Attempt saved. Olivia Chance (Bristol City Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ebony Salmon.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Danique Kerkdijk replaces Léa Le Garrec.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Amanda Nildén replaces Fern Whelan.

Attempt missed. Léa Le Garrec (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ellie Brazil.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Aileen Whelan tries a through ball, but Ini-Abasi Umotong is caught offside.

Corner, Bristol City Women. Conceded by Danielle Bowman.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City Women. Olivia Chance replaces Abigail Harrison.

Attempt missed. Ini-Abasi Umotong (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Léa Le Garrec (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Gemma Evans (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Ellie Brazil (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ini-Abasi Umotong.

Attempt blocked. Aileen Whelan (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Léa Le Garrec.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Ini-Abasi Umotong replaces Kayleigh Green.

Felicity Gibbons (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ebony Salmon (Bristol City Women).

Foul by Matilde Lundorf Skovsen (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Gemma Evans (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Gemma Evans.

Aileen Whelan (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yana Daniels (Bristol City Women).

goal

As It Stood

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1Man City Women11001013
2Brighton Women10100001
3Bristol City Women10100001
4Arsenal Women00000000
5B'ham City Women00000000
6Chelsea Women00000000
7Everton Women00000000
8Liverpool Women00000000
9Reading Women00000000
10Tottenham Women00000000
11West Ham Women00000000
12Man Utd Women100101-10
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