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Bristol Academy 4 (James 32, Fishlock pen 71, Harding 81, Heatherson 90)
Bristol Academy took top spot in their Continental Cup group after running out 4-0 winners away to Everton.
Academy only required a draw to book their place in the last four whilst Everton needed to win in order to progress in the tournament,
and the difference in the respective needs was evident from the first whistle.
There was only one change for the Toffees from the side that beat Liverpool, with Lucy Bronze starting in place of Alex Greenwood. Academy, having seen their previous game against Birmingham City postponed, made two changes of their own - fit again Laura Del Rio Garcia and Grace McCatty coming in for injury victim Alex Windell and Jaz Matthews.
Everton began with tenacity; striker Toni Duggan harrying defenders and Jill Scott applying high pressure from midfield. Michelle Hinnigan could have opened the scoring after eleven minutes, were it not for the woodwork. Her instinctive 25-yard effort cannoned back off the bar as Bristol breathed a sigh of relief.
Moments later, Nikita Parris became an instant menace after switching flanks to the left. Her trickery led to Brooke Chaplen receiving the ball outside of the box, but the resulting effort deflected wide.
For all Everton's pressing, Academy looked composed and dangerous themselves. That danger caused the deadlock to be broken on 32 minutes.
Laura Del Rio Garcia - impressive throughout - weaved her way to the byline on the left and her cutback found James whose finish was low and out of the reach of a diving Rachel Brown for her first goal for the club.
The strike rocked the Toffees, who now knew they required at least two of their own. But for the rest of the contest, chances came few and far between, with probing attacks breaking down at the vital pass.
Natasha Dowie wasted Everton's best chance in the second half, receiving the ball 12 yards out but her shot went high and left Siobhan Chamberlain untroubled.
The visitors' winning margin was increased when Jessica Fishlock stepped up to fire home a penalty on 71 minutes, after Ann Marie Heatherson was adjudged to have been fouled by Greenwood.
The substitute's bad luck continued ten minutes later in a mix-up with goalkeeper Brown. Neither claimed a ball on the edge of the box and Natasha Harding was on hand to capitalise when the duo collided, finishing with her first touch.
As the game went into injury time, the away side added extra gloss to the result with a fantastic fourth from Heatherson, which sealed them a semi final tie against Arsenal.
Everton: Rachel Brown, Becky Easton (sub Alex Greenwood 64mins), Lucy Bronze, Fara Williams, Lindsay Johnson, Brooke Chaplen, Nikita Parris (sub Gwennan Harries 62mins), Jill Scott, Natasha Dowie, Michelle Hinnigan, Toni Duggan. Subs not used: Danielle Hill, Jody Handley, Amy Kane, Eartha Pond.
Bristol Academy: Siobhan Chamberlain, Angharad James, Corinne Yorston, Grace McCatty, Jemma Rose (sub Ellie Isaac 85mins), Melissa Lawley (sub Natasha Harding 77mins), Laura Del Rio Garcia (sub Ellie Curson 72mins), Nikki Watts, Ann Marie Heatherson, Jessica Fishlock, Loren Dykes. Subs not used: Jaz Matthews, Rachel Simkin.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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