Women's Champions League: Bristol calm on last-16 place

Corinne Yorston
Bristol Academy finished the WSL season in seventh place
Women's Champions League
Bristol Academy v Raheny United (4-0 on agg)
Venue: Ashton Gate Date: Thursday, 16 October Kick-off: 19:30 BST

Bristol Academy boss Dave Edmondson remains cautious about progressing in the Champions League despite their 4-0 lead from the first leg against Raheny.

The Vixens secured a comprehensive victory in Ireland last week and look on course to earn a place in the last 16 of the competition.

The second leg takes place on Thursday at Bristol City's Ashton Gate stadium.

"Four goals makes it fairly comfortable but it's never totally comfortable," Edmondson told BBC Radio Bristol.

"At 4-0 everyone thinks it's tie over, but we know the job is only half done.

"The potential is there and some of the goals we scored on Thursday were good so hopefully we'll repeat that at Ashton Gate."

Bristol in the Champions League
Bristol Academy made their Champions League debut in 2011-2012 season after reaching the FA Cup final.
They failed to progress out of the last round of 32, losing 5-3 on aggregate to Russian side Energiya Voronezh.
Bristol qualified for this year's competition after finishing second in last season's WSL table

If the Women's Super League side hold onto their advantage, they will face either Slavia Praha or Barcelona in the next round, with the Spaniards currently leading 1-0 from their away leg.

Bristol captain Jemma Rose featured in the club's previous Champions League campaign in 2011, when they lost to Energiya Voronezh in the round of 32, and is aware of the task that might face them as they progress in the competition.

"At this stage, there's not too much of a difference but if or when we progress to the next stages of the tournament it's going to be a completely different standard," said the defender.

"Women's football in the UK has improved a lot but Champions League is always amazing to play in.

"If we do go through on Thursday then it's an exciting time for us. Hopefully we'll get a big crowd if we get to face Barcelona."

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