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City progress after winning start
 Women's Football News 15 Feb 2016
 
City progress after winning start - 15 Feb 2016 - Women's Football NewsBristol City 7 (Farrow 1,86, Yorston 6, Arthur 13, Brett 48, McCatty 81, Pinto 90)
Queen's Park Rangers 1 (Richardson 5)

Bristol City eased into the Fourth Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup by winning their first competitive match under their new name at Stoke Gifford. 
 
City scored three times in the opening thirteen minutes and three more inside the last ten, but a valiant Queen's Park Rangers side worked hard all match and never gave up against their WSL 2 opponents who have a West Country derby tie against Yeovil Town in the next round.
 
City were to get off to the perfect start by taking the lead with only 57 seconds on the clock. Frankie Brown broke down the right and cut the ball across into the middle for Millie Farrow to strike home a first time shot from six yards out.
 
16-year-old debutant Paige Sawyer went close shortly afterwards when she flicked wide from an initial shot by Chloe Arthur but a minute later, Rangers came up with a great reply with their first attack of the game. Natalie Richardson chased down a long ball forward and unleashed a dipping shot from 30 yards which gave Hannah Reid no chance.
 
Rangers' joy was only short lived though as City went back on the attack and Arthur slid a neat through ball into the path of Corinne Yorston who curled a left foot shot into the corner of the net.
 
The early goal flurry continued as Arthur drove home a 25-yard shot which gave Sophie Cheadle no chance and increased the home side's lead.
 
With Arthur pulling the strings in midfield, City continued to attack but a determined Rangers side defended doggedly to keep themselves in the game. Farrow had a goal disallowed for offside, Sawyer shot narrowly wide and Loren Dykes turned an effort wide following more good work by Arthur but with Vanessa Nicholson impressing in the centre of defence with a number of well timed challenges, and Danielle Puddefoot and Carrie-Ann Layton working hard in midfield, the visitors ensured they did not concede again before the interval.
 
City were to increase their lead though, within three minutes of the restart. Jodie Brett stepped up to plant a 25-yard free kick into the top corner and became the third player to mark her first appearance for the club with a goal.
 
Brett was to go close shortly afterwards with another firm strike from the edge of the area but she was denied by a good save from Cheadle.
 
Farrow was off target with a strike after cutting in from the left along the edge of the area and the livewire striker was to go very close just two minutes later as she flicked a Dykes cross towards the far corner of the net but, under pressure from Megan Alexander, Juliet Denny did well to clear the ball off the line.
 
At the other end, Puddefoot was just off target from a free kick which dipped narrowly over but Rangers were starting to tire and an injury to the impressive Nicholson did not help. Victoria Caldwell came on to play in goal whilst Cheadle finished the game up front alongside Jo Wilson.
 
City made it five with nine minutes remaining, Yorston's corner was touched goalwards by Farrow and Grace McCatty was on hand to bundle the ball over the line.
 
Farrow was to net her second when she beat the oncoming Caldwell to a through ball before firing into the empty net and as the game went into injury time, City were to score once more, Yorston again being the provider as her pass was tucked home at the far post by Tatiana Pinto. 
 
Bristol City: Hannah Reid, Loren Dykes, Megan Alexander, Jodie Brett, Grace McCatty, Corinne Yorston, Chloe Arthur (sub Georgia Evans 61mins), Hayley Ladd, Millie Farrow, Paige Sawyer (sub Tatiana Pinto 61mins), Frankie Brown (sub Eloise Wilson 61mins).

Queen's Park Rangers: Sophie Cheadle, Juliet Denny, Micaela Lopes, Vanessa Nicholson (sub Victoria Caldwell 79mins), Sophie Rackham, Carrie-Ann Layton, Jo Wilson, Natalie Richardson, Lauren May, Danielle Puddefoot, Sophie Fogarty.

Photos:

(top) Corinne Yorston puts Bristol City 2-1 ahead
(middle) Sophie Rackham slides in to tackle Millie Farrow
(bottom) Grace McCatty bundles in City's fifth goal


 
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