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Women's Super League: Manchester City 1-0 Bristol City - Gemma Bonner scores winner

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WSL: Manchester City Women 1-0 Bristol City Women highlights

Women's Super League leaders Manchester City beat bottom club Bristol City in their first match under Alan Mahon.

Mahon is in interim charge after Nick Cushing left to join New York City.

Gemma Bonner, one of nine England internationals in the hosts' starting line-up, hooked in Caroline Weir's free-kick to score inside two minutes.

Sophie Baggaley made saves from Jill Scott, Bonner and Weir at the start of the second half as Manchester City chased in vain for a second goal.

However, while frustrated in attack, they rarely looked like conceding an equaliser and a sixth successive WSL victory keeps them one point clear of second-placed Chelsea, who beat Birmingham on Wednesday.

Manchester City have scored 17 goals in that run of wins, while Bristol City have now lost nine of their 13 league matches this term.

They remain level on points with second-from-bottom Liverpool, who host reigning WSL champions Arsenal at Chester on Thursday, but will be encouraged by their showing in Manchester.

With Bristol City having let in 37 goals in their first 12 league matches, onlookers might have feared the worst for the visitors once centre-back Bonner had poked the home side in front so early in the contest.

Instead, Bristol City responded well, enjoying a decent spell of pressure immediately after the goal but without seriously testing home goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck.

Manchester City's England striker Ellen White was kept largely quiet by the visitors' defence, although Gemma Evans was called upon to make a last-ditch interception after White had rounded goalkeeper Baggaley.

Watching the match from afar was Cushing, whose ended his reign of more than six years as Manchester City boss earlier this month to become assistant manager of men's team New York City in the MLS.

Line-ups

Man City Women

  • 26Roebuck
  • 10Stanway
  • 6Houghton
  • 4Bonner
  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 19Weir
  • 15Hemp
  • 25WullaertBooked at 80mins
  • 18WhiteSubstituted forBremerat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Coombs
  • 9Bremer
  • 12Toland
  • 16Park
  • 34Benameur
  • 35Veiga Santiago Fidalgo

Bristol City Women

  • 1Baggaley
  • 26Bryson
  • 4Matthews
  • 3Evans
  • 7Pattinson
  • 5Brown
  • 25Chance
  • 10Daniels
  • 14JeonSubstituted forWynneat 76'minutes
  • 11Wellings
  • 19RobinsonSubstituted forSalmonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Salmon
  • 12Allen
  • 13Cummings
  • 15Wynne
  • 18Collis
Referee:
Edward Duckworth
Attendance:
858

Match Stats

Home TeamMan City WomenAway TeamBristol City Women
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home14
Away3
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City Women 1, Bristol City Women 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 1, Bristol City Women 0.

Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yana Daniels (Bristol City Women).

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Faye Bryson.

Pauline Bremer (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Olivia Chance (Bristol City Women).

Foul by Lauren Hemp (Manchester City Women).

Megan Wynne (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gemma Bonner (Manchester City Women).

Sophie Baggaley (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Jasmine Matthews.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Pauline Bremer replaces Ellen White.

Booking

Tessa Wullaert (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lauren Hemp (Manchester City Women).

Megan Wynne (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

Charlie Wellings (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Ellen White (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tessa Wullaert with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City Women. Megan Wynne replaces Jeon Ga-Eul.

Offside, Manchester City Women. Keira Walsh tries a through ball, but Ellen White is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ellen White (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Georgia Stanway following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Sophie Baggaley.

Attempt saved. Ellen White (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jill Scott.

Corner, Bristol City Women. Conceded by Georgia Stanway.

Foul by Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women).

Yana Daniels (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ellen White (Manchester City Women).

Poppy Pattinson (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Manchester City Women. Caroline Weir tries a through ball, but Tessa Wullaert is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Ellen White (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lauren Hemp.

Attempt blocked. Olivia Chance (Bristol City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yana Daniels.

Foul by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

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

Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jeon Ga-Eul (Bristol City Women).

Foul by Gemma Bonner (Manchester City Women).

Olivia Chance (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Faye Bryson.

Attempt blocked. Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tessa Wullaert.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women1513023663039
2Chelsea Women1412204483638
3Arsenal Women14110337112633
4Reading Women146352124-321
5Man Utd Women1362521101120
6Everton Women136161918119
7Tottenham Women145271424-1017
8West Ham Women134181532-1713
9Brighton Women153481129-1813
10B'ham City Women12219522-177
11Liverpool Women12138413-96
12Bristol City Women13139838-306
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