Bristol City are into the semi-finals of this season’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup after beating Aston Villa 2-1 at Twerton Park this evening.
Ebony Salmon netted both goals for The Robins as they continued to shine away from the pressure of Barclays FA Women’s Super League football.
Neither side had played since before the winter break so they would have been hoping to start 2021 in the best possible manner by progressing to the FA Women’s Continental League Cup semi-finals.
The away side had a great chance to take the lead after 15 minutes when the ball reached Diana Silva six yards out. The Portuguese international fired at goal but was somehow denied by debutant Bristol City goalkeeper Benedicte Haaland who inexplicably turned the shot away for a corner.
Although the away side had the majority of possession, Bristol City also had chances of their own as they were able to release forward Salmon who drove through the heart of the Villa defence but her low driven shot was kept out by the outstretched leg of Sian Rogers.
It was the same story in the second period with Aston Villa having most of the territory but unable to break down the Bristol City backline and eventually, they were made to pay. Salmon once again broke down the right before delightfully cutting inside onto her left foot and hammering the ball into the top corner as the hosts took the lead.
The teenager then doubled her tally when she latched onto a flick in behind the Villa defence. With just the keeper to beat, the Bristol City number nine kept her composure to go around Rogers and tap the ball into an unguarded net. That goal gave the home side a hefty advantage going into the final 20 minutes of the tie, however, it was to be very nervy end to the game with substitute Stine Larsen pulling a goal back for Villa with a header.
Gemma Davies’ side continued to pile the pressure on the Bristol City defence but that second goal eluded them and it was The Robins who qualified for the final four.
It hasn’t been the easiest of seasons for Tanya Oxtoby’s side who are still without a win the league. Tonight’s victory could be just the confidence booster that they need to begin climbing up the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table and with a player of Salmon’s quality in their squad, anything is possible.