With Bristol City desperately trying to escape the bottom of the table and Manchester City aiming to top the league, the three points on offer in Wednesday night’s clash were vital for both sides.
Bristol would doubtlessly be looking to bounce back from their Continental Cup defeat to Chelsea. Manchester City meanwhile would be looking to build ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona.
Bristol City: Baggaley (c), Rafferty, Pike, Allen (Bryson ’45), Palmer (Humphrey ’68), Bissell, Harrison (Wellings ’67), Purfield, Mastrantonio (Layzell ’76) , Jones (Daniels ’45), Skeels
Manchester City: Roebuck, Stanway, Dahlkemper, Greenwood, Morgan (Stokes ’68), Walsh, Mewis, Weir, Kelly (Beckie ’87), Hemp (Park ’87), White (c) (Lavelle ’81)
How it went
Manchester City were evidently looking to continue their run of good form with an explosive start to the game. For the first ten minutes of the game, Bristol City seemed unable to get a hold of the game as the visitors ran riot.
In the 12th minute, Scotland international Caroline Weir was on the receiving end of a Chloe Kelly cross to put the Sky Blues into the lead. Manchester City had three further shots before Ellen White doubled the visitors’ lead in the 30th minute. Lauren Hemp provided the through ball to the striker, helping to put some distance between the two teams.
The remainder of the first half was filled with Manchester City dominance. The two teams went in with Manchester firmly in the driving seat and Bristol struggling to find their footing.Embed from Getty Images
When the two teams emerged for the second half, there was a definite change in the hosts. Bristol were pushing the visitors harder and asking more questions of Ellie Roebuck.
The hosts may have gained confidence. Yet, without star player Ebony Salmon, the Robins seemed unable to find the back of the Manchester City net. All of Bristol’s hard fought attacks were fruitless as Manchester City’s defence closed in.
The visitors however were certainly not as comfortable as they had been during the first 45. With the game in a much more balanced state, neither side seemed able to launch a meaningful attack.
American international Sam Mewis broke the second half stand off with a header across the face of goal to make it three for Gareth Taylor’s side. Whilst the match was over for the hosts, Bristol continued with their strengthened attack.Embed from Getty Images
Stand out performance
Manchester City’s No.9 Chloe Kelly once again shone on the pitch. Despite having only made the move to Manchester during the summer, the forward has already made herself invaluable. Kelly’s quick runs and well-timed crosses into the box has ensured her spot in Gareth Taylor’s starting 11. With the Summer Olympics on the horizon, Kelly will be keen to keep impressing for club and country.