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City held by steely Sheffield
 Women's Football News 27 Mar 2016
 
City held by steely Sheffield - 27 Mar 2016 - Women's Football NewsBristol City 0 Sheffield FC 0
Sheffield FC earned their first ever WSL point with a hard working performance to earn a goalless draw in wet conditions at Stoke Gifford. 
 
The result was the correct one as the two teams effectively cancelled each other out in what was a well fought game a few chances.
 
However the game was marred by what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury suffered by City's livewire striker Millie Farrow, whilst Sheffield also lost their main goal threat in Jodie Michalska, also to injury.
 
City started the game on the front foot with Grace McCatty heading over at full stretch from a Rosella Ayane cross following a short corner.
 
Ayane went close with a deflected long range shot which was just wide and Georgia Evans unleashed a dipping shot which carried just over. At the other end, Michalska fired straight at Caitlin Leach with a shot on the turn but both sides were struggling to break down two well drilled defences with the final ball often letting them down.
 
Sheffield suffered a double blow when Danielle Cox and Michalska were both forced off with injuries but they grew as an attacking force as the half wore on, their best move culminating with Chloe Dixon firing wide at the edge of the area.
 
The pattern of the game continued after the break with Tatiana Pinto bringing out a save from Claire Wallhead whilst Ayane had a free kick charged down and Loren Dykes was unable to direct a header on target following a vital touch from Billie Murphy.
 
Sheffield were defending superbly though, restricting the home side to few opportunities, with Emma Lipman - who had been switched to the centre following Cox' injury - in excellent form.
 
Sadly in the 71st minute, Farrow, who had been a threat to the Sheffield defence all game, left the field in pain with a suspected dislocated shoulder following a collision in the centre circle.
 
Sheffield then threatened to break through when Ellie Gilliatt, playing as a makeshift striker, burst away on goal but the impressive Hayley Ladd did well to avert the danger with a well timed challenge.
 
The game suddenly opened up as it went into eight minutes of injury time and there were opportunites at both ends of the pitch. A late scramble in the Sheffield Penalty area saw Grace McCatty's header being cleared away in front of goal and Ayane having a shot charged down.
 
Sheffield then went on the attack and forced a corner themselves, Chloe Arthur making an excellent headed clearance under pressure from Emily Owen.
 
Neither team could force a way through and had to settle for a point apiece at the final whistle. 
 
Bristol City: Caitlin Leach, Loren Dykes, Corinne Yorston, Jodie Brett, Grace McCatty, Georgia Evans, Chloe Arthur, Hayley Ladd, Millie Farrow (sub Paige Sawyer 74mins), Tatiana Pinto (sub Olivia Fergusson 68mins), Rosella Ayane. Subs not used: Hannah Reid, Megan Alexander, Ellie Wilson, Emma Tustin, Katie Jones.

Sheffield FC: Claire Wallhead, Emma Lipman, Chloe Dixon, Emily Owen, Danielle Cox (sub Lynn Goodman 16mins), Billie Murphy, Ellie Gilliatt, Hannah Dale, Jodie Michalska (sub Emma Johnson 35mins), Carla Ward, Rhema Lord-Mears (sub Emily Roberts 84mins). Subs not used: Fran Sullivan, Juliana Draycott.

Photos:

(top) Hannah Dale tries to prevent Rosella Ayane breaking through
(middle) Corinne Yorston under pressure from Rhema Lord-Mears
(bottom) Loren Dykes strides away from Emma Lipman


 
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