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Report: Arsenal 2-0 Bristol Academy

Bristol Academy go down to Arsenal who put their FA Women's Cup exit behind them by recording their first win of the new season.

 

A strong first-half performance and goals from Carla Humphrey and Vicky Losada were enough to ensure that Bristol were still waiting for their first point of the campaign.

Danielle Carter almost bundled Arsenal into an early lead when her effort was cleared off the line by Sophie Ingle after Rachel Yankey's free-kick fell her way.

But the Gunners were ahead after 14 minutes when Carter fought her way past Loren Dykes on the right before squaring to give Humphrey a simple finish.

The hosts opened up clear water between themselves and Bristol when Alex Scott's header across goal was cleared out to Losada and goalkeeper Mary Earps couldn't keep out her rising shot.

The Vixens then missed a good chance to get back into the game just before half-time when Frankie Fantom-Brown's dangerous cross from the right was blazed over by Nadia Lawrence.

The closest Arsenal came to adding to the scoreline in the second half came when Carter hit the post from close range after Earps brilliantly kept out Lianne Sanderson's header.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Scott, Casey Stoney, Jemma Rose, Emma Mitchell, Vicky Losada (Lianne Sanderson 78), Leah Williamson (Jade Bailey 67), Carla Humphrey, Jordan Nobbs, Rachel Yankey (Chioma Ubogagu 60), Dan Carter

Bristol Academy (5-3-2): Mary Earps, Loren Dykes, Grace McCatty, Hayley Ladd, (Christie Murray 72) Jasmine Matthews, Lauren Townsend (Frankie Fantom-Brown 11), Sophie Ingle, Angharad James, Georgia Evans (Sharia Passariello 45), Nikki Watts, Nadia Lawrence.