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Aston Villa 1 (Wilkinson 87) Birmingham City 7 (Allen 26,59, Linnett 41, Carney pen 45, Potter 67,72, Wellings 90)
Aston Villa fell to their second consecutive Continental Cup Group Three defeat against an impressive and clinical Birmingham City at Coles Lane.
The claret and blues more than held their own for just under half an hour with goalkeeper Jess Myers continuing her recent good form. She saved well from Potter's free kick, and two efforts from Kirsty Linnett - the latter after she was picked out by an inch-perfect long range pass from Carney.
Their pressure soon told and they took the lead after 27 minutes when Remi Allen tucked home Carney's cross from the left.
Villa could have been level five minutes before the break. Elisha N'Dow's wonderful ball downfield found debutant Mollie Rouse but the youngster's shot was held.
Two goals in quick succession saw Villa head into half time three goals down. The first came as Mel Lawley's right wing cross was tapped home by Linnett - atoning for her earlier missed opportunities.
In first half stoppage time, Lauren Haynes was adjudged to have fouled Carney in the box and she stepped up to send the unfortunate Myers the wrong way.
To their great credit, the home side were out early for the second half and came very close to reducing the deficit from the restart. Katie Wilkinson's free kick from distance clipped the woodwork - an effort which earned applause from the Coles Lane faithful.
Much like in the first half, the top flight team grew into the half and began to dictate play. Former Blues stopper Myers clawed away a close range Potter effort and shortly after, blocked Lawley's shot with her legs.
Their fourth goal arrived on the hour - Allen firing home her second as Villa failed to deal with a ball into the box. A quickfire double from Potter increased the advantage, first she was picked out in the box by Linnett and her powerdriver beat Myers then, just six minutes later, her wonderful first time curling shot made it six.
Occupying the lone striker role, Wilkinson worked tirelessly for her side and got her just rewards as she headed home a late consolation from a corner after Beth Merrick's fine long range strike was clawed around the post by Rebecca Spencer.
Substitute Charlie Wellings completed the scoring in second half stoppage time to seal the Blues' second win in a matter of days.
Aston Villa: Jess Myers, Maddy Cusack (sub Abi Cottam 56mins) Lauren Haynes, Elisha N'Dow, Emily Owen, Hannah George, Alicia Robinson (sub Abbey Leigh Stringer 66mins), Sherry McCue, Mollie Rouse (sub Olivia Fergusson 83mins), Beth Merrick, Katie Wilkinson. Subs not used: Laura Cooper, Amy West, Georgia Griffiths, Chloe Beattie.
Birmingham City: Rebecca Spencer, Alex Windell, Aoife Mannion, Kerys Harrop, Jess Carter, Remi Allen (sub Charlie Wellings 76mins), Jade Moore (sub Coral-Jade Haines 76mins), Jo Potter, Mel Lawley, Kirsty Linnett, Karen Carney (sub Emily Westwood 76mins). Subs not used: Meaghan Sargeant, Freda Ayisi, Chloe Peplow.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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