Bristol City were beaten 0-2 by Aston Villa at Ashton Gate.
Megan Connolly’s own goal and a goal from former Robin Ebony Salmon were enough for Villa to take all three BS3 points.
Lauren Smith made one change to the team that beat West Ham, with Abi Harriosn making her first start of the season, replacing Jamie-Lee Napier, who missed out due to an injury sustained in midweek.
Harrison was thrown straight into the action from the start, unleashing a wicked delivery into the box from the left side, which headed back towards a corner.
The visitors went close when Rachel Daly’s shot landed on the feet of Rachel Corsie, but the Villa captain’s shot went just wide.
Kirsty Hanson then pounced on a loose ball before firing a shot from distance that stung the palms of Kaylan Marckese, but the Arsenal loanee was able to hold on.
Carrie Jones then did well in midfield before finding Ffion Morgan in space on the right, and the Welsh international’s cross was dangerous but no one in the red shirt could catch it.
City continued to put pressure on the visiting defense as Harrison lofted a beautiful pass into the path of Morgan, who beat her marker before seeing her low cross fall nicely for Daphne van Domselaar in the Villa net.
The Robins almost took the lead in spectacular style when the ball fell well to Rachel Furness 25 yards out, her half-volley appearing to aim for goal before Van Domselaar touched it with her fingertip.
As we reached the end of six extra minutes at the end of the first half, Smith was forced to make a change between the sticks, with Liv Clark replacing the injured Marckese.
Adriana León brought the second half to life, beating Brooke Aspin on the left before cutting back for Daly, but her shot was brilliantly blocked by Megan Connolly.
Daly had arguably the best chance of the game when she was found behind, latching on to Corsie’s pass, but the Lioness deflected her effort away.
Clark was called into action for the first time, doing well to hold out Kenza Dali’s shot from the edge of the area.
Villa took the lead with just under a quarter of an hour remaining when substitute Ebony Salmon ran past Naomi Layzell before seeing her shot deflect off Connolly and past Clark into the back of the net.
The visitors put the game to bed as their lead was doubled when Salmon’s initial shot was blocked by Layzell, but the ball landed well for the former City player to finish.
Unused subs: Struck, Mustaki, Bull, Wooley, Teisar
Words: Kory Cook
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