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Bristol Academy 3 (Boho-Sayo 31, pen 71, Weir 48) Oxford Utd 2 (Allison 21,73)
Bristol Academy moved themselves a step closer towards qualifying for the quarter finals of the Continental Tyres Cup, but only after having been given a scare by a hard working Oxford side.
It was Oxford who started the quicker of the two sides, with Becky Dandridge having a header saved following a good run and cross from Katie Stanley. However the home side passed up a decent opportunity shortly afterwards, Lauren Townsend overlapping down the left and crossing for Christie Murray, whose glancing header flashed across the face of goal and wide of the far post.
Murray was presented with another chance when being set up by Sophie Ingle and Caroline Weir but this time, she was denied by an excellent smothering save from Demi Lambourne.
The pace of Destiney Toussaint and Lauren Allison was causing problems for the Academy defence and Oxford's enterprising apporach brought reward on 21 minutes. Academy were unable to get the ball clear from their area and Dandridge fed Allison, who turned away from the attentions of Katie Jones before planting a left foot shot past Mary Earps and into the far corner of the net.
Academy hit back and nearly levelled when Weir seized on a bad clearance and slid a pass through to Jade Boho-Sayo but Lambourne again came to her side's rescue with a block and Katherine Nutman was well placed to head clear.
Helen King fired a dipping shot narrowly over but, after clearing an Oxford corner, a counter attack proved to be successful for Academy. Weir was again the instigator, her through ball releasing Boho-Sayo who this time beat the offside trap and tucked the ball past the oncoming Lambourne for the equaliser.
Both sides had opportunities before the break, Toussaint and Allison both bringing out good saves from Earps whilst Weir twice went close at the other end, but the scoreline remained level at the interval.
Academy came quickly out of the blocks at the start of the second half and went in front within three minutes of the restart. Murray lofted a pass over the Oxford defence for Weir to lob Lambourne and put her side ahead for the first time.
Weir drove a shot from distance over the bar and Murray fired wide as the home side sought to increase their advantage but Oxford still looked dangerous whenever going forward and Allison was just off target with a near post shot from a corner.
The game looked to be secured for the home side with nineteen minutes remaining when Weir was tripped in the area by Nicole Barret and a penalty was awarded. Boho-Sayo stepped up and beat Lambourne with a powerful shot for her second goal of the night.
However just two minutes later, Oxford were back in the game again as Toussaint found space on the right and crossed for Allison to plant a header inside the far post.
Stanley and Dandridge both drove shots over the bar as Oxford sought an equaliser but Academy closed the game out for three more points and put themselves level with Birmingham City, who they play in their final group game on Saturday.
Bristol Academy: Mary Earps, Katie Jones, Lauren Townsend (sub Tatiana Pinto 61mins), Sophie Ingle, Marije Brummel, Caroline Weir, Nadia Lawrence (sub Evdokia Popadinova 61mins), Hayley Ladd (sub Frankie Brown 61mins), Christie Murray, Emma Tustin, Jade Boho-Sayo. Subs not used: Angharad James, Sharla Passariello, Hannah Reid, Gabriella Bird.
Oxford Utd: Demi Lambourne, Nicole Barret, Katherine Nutman, Lindsay Pinker (sub Steph Weston 66mins), Sahara Osborne-Ricketts, Rosie Lane, Katie Stanley, Rebecca Dandridge, Helen King, Destiney Toussaint, Lauren Allison. Subs not used: Hannah Cox, Charlotte Deeley, Jasmine Hart, Holly Pickett.
(top) Katherine Nutman sends in a cross past Nadia Lawrence
(middle) Destiney Toussaint holds off Marije Brummel
(bottom) Lauren Townsend takes on Nicole Barret
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