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Academy add to Arsenal woes
 Women's Football News 25 May 2014
 
Arsenal 0 Bristol Academy 2 (Ingle 30, Natalia 59)
Arsenal were consigned to their third league defeat in a row when they went down 2-0 at home to Bristol Academy, who go into the break in second place in the table. 
 
Arsenal started strongly and went close twice in the opening five minutes. First Christie Murray swivelled on the edge of the box and shot straight at Mary Earps. Then Kelly Smith fed the overlapping Emma Mitchell but the Scot slipped at the vital moment and sent her effort into the side netting.
 
Ten minutes later, Smith twisted into some space and unleashed a dipping strike which forced an athletic save from Earps. But the visitors gradually grew in confidence and created their first real chance on 27 minutes when Natalia Pablos Sanchon saw a deflected shot bounce into the side netting.
 
On the half hour mark, Dave Edmondson's side were ahead. Academy skipper Corinne Yorston combined with Natasha Harding before crossing to Sophie Ingle who turned home a first time strike.
 
Arsenal were denied a penalty minutes later when Smith appeared to be tripped in the box, before Yankey volleyed wide from 18 yards. At the other end, Emma Byrne had to be alert to push over a speculative strike from Nikki Watts three minutes before half time.
 
Arsenal were fortunate not to go further behind in the 53rd minute when Natalia drifted in from the left and curled an effort onto the far post before Angharad James blazed the rebound over. The Gunners meanwhile continued to probe in search of an equaliser with Alex Scott and Leah Williamson seeing efforts go off target.
 
The next goal would prove crucial and it went to the visitors just before the hour mark. Watts was allowed to burst down the left channel unchallenged and her low cross found Natalia who made no mistake with her finish, firing beyond Byrne.
 
Arsenal brought on Ayisi and Caroline Weir in an attempt to find a way back into the game but Academy were content to put players behind the ball and catch Arsenal on the break. With six minutes to go, they nearly did as Watts shifted the ball to Laura Del Rio and she found Natalia, but the Spaniard sent her effort just wide of the far post.
 
Ayisi tried to conjure something for Arsenal with two efforts that flew wide and over before Murray had a shot cleared off the line in stoppage time on another disappointing day for the Gunners. 
 
Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Alex Scott, Emma Mitchell, Yukari Kinga (sub Freda Ayisi 66mins), Casey Stoney, Niamh Fahey, Shinobu Ohno (sub Caroline Weir 66mins), Christie Murray, Danielle Carter, Kelly Smith (sub Leah Williamson 45mins), Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Siobhan Chamberlain, Anouk Hoogendijk, Jade Bailey.

Bristol Academy: Mary Earps, Grace McCatty, Corinne Yorston, Jaz Matthews, Jemma Rose, Sophie Ingle, Natalia Pablos Sanchon, Angharad James, Laura Del Rio, Nikki Watts, Natasha Harding (sub Loren Dykes 77mins). Subs not used: Georgia Evans, Frankie Brown, Keka Vega.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


 
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