Raheny United

Bristol Academy 2 Raheny United 1, (Bristol Academy win 6-1 on aggregate)

Continental Tyres Women’s National League champions Raheny United displayed all their battling qualities in losing narrowly to Bristol Academy in the second leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 32 at Ashton Gate.

Second half goals from Spanish international Natalia Pablos and Angharad James put Bristol 2-0 up but Raheny pulled a goal back after 74th minutes defender Pearl Slattery headed home Rebecca Creagh’s free-kick.

However, Bristol held on to win 2-1 on the night and 6-1 on aggregate and now meet Barcelona in the Round of 16.

Bristol Academy: Earps; McCatty, Dykes (Brown 55), Matthews, Rose; Harding, Yorston (Del Rio 51), James, Ingle, Watts; Pablos (Simmons-Bird 85). Subs not used: A Evans, Keka, G Evans

Raheny United: Reid-Burke; Walsh, Slattery, O’Farrelly, Eirksdottir; Graham, Creagh (Barnes 82), Murray (Cronin 73), Killeen, Dwyer (Brierley 62); McCabe. Subs not used: Houldsworth, Newman, Ryan, Sheehy.

Referee: Marija Kurtes (Germany).


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