Suvadeep Biswas was at St. Andrews for Impetus to capture all the action as the top two sides in this season’s Championship faced off in the final game of the season (1/5/23).
Above: Shania Hayles fires in a shot for Bristol City yesterday. Photo: Suvadeep Biswas for Impetus.
Birmingham City 2-0 Bristol City
Birmingham City ended the Championship season by recording their seventh successive win, defeating already promoted Bristol City 2-0 at St. Andrews.
Whilst the Westcountry side’s win over Charlton Athletic last week robbed this clash of the Championship promotion decider, the Midlands side were thrilled to gain the three points to ensure that their positive end to this season will roll into a bid to ensure a WSL return next year.
Lucy Quinn put the Blues ahead with 15 minutes played, dispatching a pass from Charlie Devlin into the bottom corner. Right on half time, Devlin saw her header saved by visiting keeper Fran Bentley but was on hand to direct the rebound home.
Whilst Bristol City’s season ended in defeat, it doesn’t cloud what has been a superb campaign for them, crowning their return to the WSL after two years away. They are certainly not going back up to make up the numbers.
Suvadeep Biswas’ photo gallery from St. Andrews:
BIRMINGHAM CITY: Thomas, Scott, Louise Quinn, Lawley, Finn, McLoughlin, Murray, Lucy Quinn, Devlin, Pennock, Walker. Substitutes: Jones, Simkin, Bourne, Jenner, Cowie, Estcourt, Hodson, Smith.
Scorers: Lucy Quinn 15′, Devlin 45′.
BRISTOL CITY: Bentley, Layzell, Aspin, Bruce, J. Bull, Syme, Furness, Mustaki, Harnson, Clinton, Hayles. Substitutes: Clark, Cataldo, C. Bull, Wilde, Morgan, Pearse, Woolley, Teisar, Ward.