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Bristol Academy 3 (Natalia 1,51, Del Rio pen 61) Everton 2 (Duggan 32,76)
Bristol Academy's all-Spanish forward line fired their side into the semi finals of the F.A.Women's Cup, the 'Two Amigos' scoring all three goals between them for a well earned victory over Everton.
Academy, playing in their new red strip, fielded Natalia Pablos Sanchon up front for the first time and her career at her new club could not have got off to a better start. With just 24 seconds on the clock, Ann Marie Heatherson crossed from the left and an unmarked Natalia headed in to score with her first touch of the ball.
Everton responded well to the early setback and went close shortly afterwards when Michelle Hinnigan's free kick was turned over the bar by Siobhan Chamberlain. They were to go even closer on 11 minutes as Jill Scott made a driving run from the halfway line before her shot took a deflection off Jemma Rose and went past a wrong footed Chamberlain but struck the post.
Academy then took charge of matters and were left bewildered as to how they had not doubled their lead five minutes later. Angharad James slid a superb pass into the path of Natasha Harding whose shot was parried by Rachel Brown-Finnis who did well to block the rebound from Natalia, the ball ran across goal to Laura Del Rio whose effort was cleared off the line by Alex Greenwood as far as Natalia who this time blazed over.
Del Rio had a shot saved by Brown-Finnis and, from a Corinne Yorston corner, Lucy Staniforth's goalbound volley was charged down by Lindsay Johnson as Academy piled on the pressure.
However Everton refused to buckle and held on before a moment of brilliance from Toni Duggan saw them equalise against the run of play. Chasing a long ball forward, the England striker cut inside a challenge from Rose and curled an unstoppable shot beyond Chamberlain and into the far top corner.
Just moments later, Everton could have been ahead as Duggan dispossessed James 30 yards from goal and unleashed a shot which Chamberlain did well to claw away at full stretch.
Academy hit back with a strong run and shot by Del Rio which was saved but Everton would have been the happier side at half time with the scoreline level at 1-1.
The second half started in the same vein as the first with Academy on the front foot and the first opportunity came their way, Yorston heading wide from a corner. Shortly afterwards though, they were back in front when Harding drove in a low cross from the right and Natalia nipped in front of her marker to turn the ball past Brown-Finnis for her second goal.
Just after the hour mark, the home side extended their lead as Harding was tripped in the area by Amy Kane and a penalty was awarded. Del Rio stepped up to find the corner of the net from the spot and put her side in control of the match.
Things got even worse for Everton when they reduced to ten players as Parris was shown a red card for a gesture to the referee.
However once again the Toffees dragged themselves back into the match and unsurprisingly it was Duggan at the heart of things once again, this time giving Chamberlain no chance with a rasping shot into the roof of the net.
For the first time in the match, Academy showed a few nerves as Everton threw players forward in search of an equaliser. They came closest when Scott rose to meet a Hinnigan free kick but could not generate any power in her header and Chamberlain saved comfortably.
With Del Rio strong in possession and a constant menace to the Everton defence, Academy still looked dangerous on the break and successfully ran down the clock in injury time to take themselves into the last four once again.
Academy served notice here that they could potentially be one of the stronger sides in the FA WSL this season. Staniforth impressed with her passing and looks a good acquisition and Natalia's arrival gives them a cutting edge they have lacked in recent seasons. Everton meanwhile are still adjusting to the number of changes in their squad but will still be capable of competing against the best teams, especially with the brilliant Duggan in their ranks.
Bristol Academy: Siobhan Chamberlain, Loren Dykes, Corinne Yorston, Jaz Matthews, Jemma Rose, Angharad James, Natalia Pablos Sanchon, Natasha Harding (sub Alex Windell 82mins), Ann Marie Heatherson, Laura Del Rio, Lucy Staniforth. Subs not used: Grace McCatty, Ellie Curson, Nikki Watts.
Everton: Rachel Brown-Finnis, Vicky Jones, Alex Greenwood, Amy Kane, Julie Nelson, Lindsay Johnson, Nikita Parris, Jill Scott, Toni Duggan, Michelle Hinnigan, Brooke Chaplen (sub Simone Magill 65mins). Subs not used: Kelly Jones, Paige Williams, Lucy Whipp, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah.
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