Bristol City have been relegated to the FA Women’s Championship following a 3-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion at The People’s Pension Stadium this afternoon.
Goals from Maya Le Tissier, Lee Geum-min and Inessa Kaagman helped Albion to record a final day victory with opponents Bristol City’s survival hopes finally coming to an end, as they slipped through the relegation trapdoor.
Bristol City started the first half brightly but they soon found themselves 1-0 down when goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley couldn’t hold a Kaagman cross from the right and Albion defender Le Tissier fired the loose ball home.
Some slack marking from the visitors then allowed both Kayleigh Green and Emma Koivisto to send in shots on goal but neither could punish The Robins.
At the other end, Charlie Wellings came closest to scoring for The Robins in the first 45 minutes but her shot on the turn was gathered by Albion keeper Cecilie Fiskerstrand before Baggaley’s outstretched boot prevented Ellie Brazil from making in 2-0 towards the end of a frantic first half.
It was Brighton & Hove Albion who came out the brighter of the two sides in the second half and Kaagman fired an early warning shot with a strike from the edge of the box which looped just wide.
Things were to soon become much more serious for Matt Beard’s Bristol City side when the home side established a two-goal lead. Koivisto failed to direct her effort on target following a cross from the left but Lee was on-hand to strike home from close range via the crossbar.
Bristol City didn’t let their heads drop and they pulled a goal back with half an hour left on the clock. Yana Daniels headed the ball back across goal following a cross from the left and substitute Abi Harrison flicked in.
The clock was ticking down quickly for Beard’s side and they were soon to suffer another hammer blow when the home side were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Kaagman had shown some real dead ball quality all afternoon and she converted her free-kick from 20 yards, via an unfortunate deflection from a Bristol City perspective.
Both sides had chances to add to the scoreline with Brazil firing high and wide for Albion and Ebony Salmon curling an effort just wide of the far post for Bristol City but the match ended 3-1 as The Robins’ time in the top flight came to an end.