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Bristol Academy 1 (Yorston 42)
Birmingham City 1 (Moore 76)
Bristol Academy were denied a second successive victory in their Continental Cup group when a second half goal from Jade Moore ensured that Birmingham City stayed level with them at the top of the table.
Birmingham started the game at a fast pace and won a series of corners during the early stages but without really threatening the Academy goal.
Indeed it was Academy who carved out the game's first real chance on fourteen minutes when a cross reached Jessica Fishlock at the far post where she chipped the ball back across goal for Ann Marie Heatherson whose downward header brought out a good save from Marie Hourihan. The ball was cleared as far as Jaz Matthews who tried her luck from 25 yards but was just off target.
Academy began to carry the game towards their opponents with Fishlock pulling the strings in midfield and Corinne Yorston, on her return to the team from suspension, breaking well down the left. However it was Birmingham who nearly took the lead as Eniola Aluko's ball into the area picked out Rachel Williams who worked her way past Loren Dykes before her shot was cleared off the line by Jemma Rose.
Academy hit back with Nikki Watts making an unchallenged run towards the edge of the area before firing a shot over the bar. Jo Potter had a long range effort saved by Siobhan Chamberlain at the other end but Academy's enterprising play was rewarded just before half time when they took the lead.
Melissa Lawley did well to get down the right and send in a cross, from which Heatherson's glancing header went beyond the far post to the oncoming Yorston who fired a left foot shot from an acute angle which flew between Hourihan and her near post before finding the far corner of the net.
Academy were dealt a blow at that moment with Heatherson being forced off to be replaced by Ellie Curson. It was a half time substitution by Birmingham though, with the introduction of Jade Moore, which gave them fresh impetus at the start of the second half.
First of all, Aluko's pass across the edge of the area found Karen Carney whose snap shot brought out a good save from Chamberlain, low to her left.
Williams was next to go close as she made a powerful run which took her through on goal but Chamberlain was once again to the rescue, coming off her line to make another excellent stop.
Birmingham were looking more purposeful now but were finding it hard to break down a well organised Academy defence in which Rose excelled whilst teenage full backs Matthews and Angharad James both had good games.
Yorston went close to a second goal when she fired a shot just over and as Birmingham went back on the attack, Moore forced another good save from Chamberlain.
Just as Birmingham's frustrations were beginning to grow, they managed to get themselves back on level terms with fourteen minutes remaining. Carney's corner from the left was not cleared and Moore bundled her shot home from close range, the ball just crossing the line before Alex Windell could clear.
Chamberlain made a good smothering save from Williams but neither side could find a way through in the dying minutes and both had to settle for a point which keeps matters in their hands.
Bristol Academy: Siobhan Chamberlain, Angharad James, Jaz Matthews, Alex Windell, Corinne Yorston, Jemma Rose, Melissa Lawley (sub Natasha Harding 66mins), Nikki Watts, Ann Marie Heatherson (sub Ellie Curson 43mins), Jessica Fishlock, Loren Dykes. Subs not used: Michelle Green, Rachel Simkin, Alex Culvin, Ellie Isaac.
Birmingham City: Marie Hourihan, Chelsea Weston, Rachel Unitt (sub Jade Moore 45mins), Kerys Harrop, Emily Westwood, Laura Bassett, Issy Christiansen, Rachel Williams, Eniola Aluko, Karen Carney, Jo Potter. Subs not used: Maz Ballard, Chrissy Torkildsen, Rebecca Spencer.
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