ASTON VILLA VS BIRMINGHAM REPORT
Two early goals were enough to give The Blues derby bragging rights in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa
BIRMINGHAM City Ladies manager David Parker believes his side well and truly took the local bragging rights after easing to a FA WSL Continental Cup win over rivals Aston Villa Ladies.
Early goals from Hannah Keryakoplis and Jade Moore were enough to secure the points for the Blues, who move top of Group 3 with two victories from two while Villa remain bottom, winless in three.
Parker said: “A very comfortable win and a win in the Second City derby is always pleasing and stamped our case for the number one club in the Midlands.
“You always want the game done and dusted early on especially with a WSL 1 against a WSL2 team, there is a massive gulf, so if you can settle it early great.
“All games are crucial, there are not many games and your season can be over very quick in terms of getting the right results, so they are all cup finals to us.
“We’ve had a bit of time off and some relaxation and trained and we have needed that as a group, hopefully we can now build on this especially for Chelsea in the league on Sunday.”
The visitors took the lead in the seventh minute when Chelsea Weston put Keryakoplis through and the Blues striker duly slotted past keeper Caitlin Leach.
Birmingham skipper Karen Carney then hit the post on 13 minutes before Moore fired in from 25 yards to double their lead just one minute later.
Maddy Cusack registered Villa’s first shot on 27 minutes although her effort was easily saved by keeper Rebecca Spencer.
And it was Birmingham who continued to enjoy the better chances after the break, with Keryakoplis drawing a good save from Leach before substitutes Kirsty Linnett and Kate Wilkinson both struck the post inside the final 20 minutes.
Villa manager Ron Mellor said: “I’m disappointed obviously, but it was a good competitive game and to be honest the better team won in the end.
“We pushed them in parts but two goals in the first 14 minutes killed it in the sense that they were both our fault.
“It was a ball over the top that we didn’t deal with and a misplaced pass that we didn’t defend which went straight to their player and we were punished from 25 yards.
“In the second half I thought we competed on a more even keel. Hopefully that can kick start us for our future league games.”
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Leach; Vaughan, Walker, McCue, Petrovic; Richards, Mayling; Moran, Davies (Baptiste 78) Jones (Robinson 63); Cusack (Fergusson 72)
Subs not used: Courtney, Merrick, Baker, Stringer.
Bookings: Jones, McCue, Davies, Richards, Moran
Birmingham City (4-2-3-1): Spencer; Weston, Mannion, Harrop, Carter; Moore, Potter (Westwood 46); Carney, (Linnett 46) Allen, Lawley; Keryakoplis (Wilkinson 68)
Subs not used: Sargant, Simpkins, Baggaley, Torkildsen.
Ref: Amy Fearn