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Birmingham City Ladies 2-1 Doncaster Rovers Belles

Melissa Lawley (left)
Melissa Lawley (left) scored what proved to be Birmingham's winning goal

Birmingham City Ladies earned their first win of 2016 as they came from behind to beat Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Natasha Dowie put the Belles ahead from close range early on but Freda Ayisi's header drew the hosts level.

Birmingham were in front before half-time thanks to Melissa Lawley's deflected strike and they held on for victory in a scrappy second half.

Defeat leaves Doncaster bottom of the table and without any points from their first three league games of 2016.

The Belles' best chance for an equaliser came when Dowie fired across the box but Katrin Omarsdottir could not quite get a touch to turn the ball goalwards.

Birmingham are up to fifth in the table, six points behind leaders Chelsea and second-placed Manchester City.

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Birmingham midfielder Jo Potter: "We needed that result after losing our first two league games - we didn't play badly in either of them, but tonight was a must-win for us.

"We had to stamp our authority on this game, and after going behind that's exactly what we did.

"We didn't panic after conceding, we kept our heads, kept believing and once we'd got the equaliser I always felt we would go on to win the game.

Doncaster Rovers Belles goal scorer Dowie: "We gave away two sloppy goals. If teams open you up and score good goals against you that's one thing, but both of those were preventable.

"We can't carry on conceding goals like that, we have to keep them out and take our chances at the other end.

"We came back into the game in the second half and in the end I think a draw would have been a fair result, but we just couldn't get an equaliser.

"We'll learn from this, though. We're a new team in the top flight and we're going to be the underdogs in games, but we'll improve and we'll be competitive."

Line-ups

B'ham City Ladies

  • 1Baggaley
  • 4Carter
  • 25Mannion
  • 19WestwoodSubstituted forMooreat 45'minutes
  • 6Harrop
  • 16Peplow
  • 8Allen
  • 11PotterBooked at 81mins
  • 7Ayisi
  • 15WellingsSubstituted forStringerat 87'minutes
  • 14Lawley

Substitutes

  • 12Stringer
  • 13Moore
  • 20Edwards
  • 22Brown
  • 24Johnson
  • 26Davies
  • 27Brazil

Doncaster Rovers Belles

  • 1Hobbs
  • 18Barker
  • 4Little
  • 3TierneyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRobertsat 45'minutes
  • 12GummerSubstituted forSimpkinsat 45'minutes
  • 6Lipka
  • 2EastonBooked at 80mins
  • 7Omarsdottir
  • 11Sigsworth
  • 10Dowie
  • 20Humphrey

Substitutes

  • 5Roberts
  • 13Moorhouse
  • 14Mosby
  • 15Newborough
  • 17Simpkins
Referee:
Sarah Garratt
Attendance:
615

Match Stats

Home TeamB'ham City LadiesAway TeamDoncaster Rovers Belles
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City Ladies 2, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City Ladies 2, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Abbey-Leigh Stringer replaces Charlie Wellings.

Emily Simpkins (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Melissa Lawley (Birmingham City Ladies).

Corner, Birmingham City Ladies. Conceded by Nicola Hobbs.

Booking

Jo Potter (Birmingham City Ladies) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Becky Easton (Doncaster Rovers Belles) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

(Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Becky Easton (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Foul by Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Ladies).

Sophie Barker (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jo Potter (Birmingham City Ladies).

Jessica Sigsworth (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Natasha Dowie (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Chloe Peplow (Birmingham City Ladies).

Leandra Little (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jo Potter (Birmingham City Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Chloe Peplow (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Freda Ayisi (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Jo Potter (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Katrin Omarsdottir (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Chloe Peplow (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kasia Lipka (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Corner, Birmingham City Ladies. Conceded by Sophie Barker.

Attempt blocked. Jade Moore (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Chloe Peplow (Birmingham City Ladies).

Katrin Omarsdottir (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Jade Moore replaces Emily Westwood.

Second Half

Second Half begins Birmingham City Ladies 2, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Rhiannon Roberts replaces Samantha Tierney.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Emily Simpkins replaces Alexandra Gummer.

Half Time

First Half ends, Birmingham City Ladies 2, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1.

Booking

Samantha Tierney (Doncaster Rovers Belles) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Samantha Tierney (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Emily Westwood (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Katrin Omarsdottir (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Attempt saved. Melissa Lawley (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Chloe Peplow (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

goal

As It Stood

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