Lauren Hemp at the double to give Vixens big win
Bristol City leapfrog Everton in the FA WSL 1 table thanks to a 2-1 win in the West Country
FA WSL 1 match
17:30, Saturday 6 January 2018
Stoke Gifford Stadium
Bristol City Women Goal Scorers: Hemp 10',65'
Everton Ladies FC Goal Scorers: Sweetman - Kirk 74'
Lauren Hemp struck in each half to give Bristol City a winning start to 2018 with their second FA Women’s Super League 1 of the season.
Though Georgia Brougham nodded the Merseysiders back into contention 17 minutes from the end, they were unable to conjure up a leveller as Bristol leapfrogged them in the table.
It took just 10 minutes for Bristol to make the breakthrough as Yana Daniels advanced down the left and provided a square ball into the box, lashed home by England youth international Hemp.
Everton’s only clear chance of the opening period came just after the half-hour when Bristol somehow survived a goalmouth scramble, with Courtney Sweetman-Kirk unable to force the ball home.
But the Vixens were only inches away from doubling their lead just before the break when Hemp’s free kick from the right was flicked over the bar by Millie Turner.
Hemp had two more chances soon after the interval. Eight minutes after the break, a well-worked corner found her in space eight yards out, but she blazed her shot off target.
Then a poor clearance by Lizzie Durack saw Chloe Arthur send Hemp clear, the Everton keeper making amends by pulling off a diving stop.
Hemp’s second goal finally arrived from the penalty spot in the 65th minute after Daniels was brought down, the striker leaving Durack rooted to the spot as she fired her attempt firmly to the keeper’s right.
But Everton refused to lie down and pulled a goal back in the 74th minute, defender Georgia Brougham credited with the final touch as a sea of heads rose to meet a flighted ball into Bristol’s box.
Bristol City defender Jasmine Matthews was full of praise for team-mate Lauren Hemp: "Lauren is just outstanding. “She is only 17 but she has so much ability. I've not seen a player like her.
"I am usually up against her in training so I know just how difficult it can be to try and stop her, It's pretty tough!
"We are chuffed to bits with the win. We knew it would be a tough match but I thought we managed the game well.
"Even though Everton came out of their shells and came at us when they got back to 2-1, we kept our calm, held firm and won. I thought we deserved the three points."
Everton midfielder Megan Finnigan felt her side put in a below-par performance: "It was really disappointing considering how well we had started in the first half of the season - I don't think we deserved to get the three points.
"We started the game too slowly - normally we try and get on the front foot - and there were times when we could have played but didn't do it. I think we gave Bristol too much respect.
"There was a strong wind and the pitch was slippy, but you have to be able to play around that - and we didn't do it."
Bristol City 2
Hemp 10, pen 65
Bristol City (3-2-4-1): Sophie Baggaley; Frankie Brown, Danique Kerkdijk, Jasmine Matthews; Millie Turner, Julie Biesmans; Flo Allen, Charlie Estcourt, Chloe Arthur, Jana Daniels; Lauren Hemp
Substitutes: Olivia Fergusson (for Hemp, 90), Eloise Wilson (for Allen, 90)
Substitutes not used: Caitlin Leach, Aimee Watson, Aimee Palmer, Amy Goddard, Kylie Nolan
Red cards: None
Everton (4-4-2): Lizzie Durack; Chantelle Bore-Horkah, Georgia Brougham, Gabby George, Siri Worm; Angharad James, Megan Finnigan, Jodie Brett, Danielle Turner; Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Chloe Kelly
Substitutes: Simone Magill (for Worm, 68, Mollie Green (for Bore-Horkah, 65),Olivia Chance (for Brett, 78)
Substitutes not used: Kirstie Levell, Marthe Munsterman, Faye Bryson
Bookings: Kelly 83
Red cards: None
Referee: James Durkin
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