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Posted 17th April 2011, 15:59 in
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Double First For Bristol

A 3-0 win at Liverpool saw Bristol Academy reach the FA Cup Final for the first time and book a place in the Champions League.

Bristol bounced back from a 4-0 FA WSL debut defeat in midweek and were ahead after just 5 minutes at Southport FC. Ann Marie Heatherson picked out Jess Fishlock, who finished smartly past Andrea Worrall.

Fishlock returned the compliment 10 minutes later, crossing for Heatherson, who beat Sam Chappell and fired low into the bottom corner.

Jemma Rose was onl denied by a Liverpool post but with just 30 minutes played the third goal arrived. Nicky Harding brought down Fishlock in the box and Helen Bleazard converted.

Chamberlain was called into action before the break, saving well from Cheryl Foster but the Reds were unable to get back into the game.

Bristol Manager Mark Sampson was quick to praise the influence of the club's supporters on the team’s excellent performance.

“Today is a result for the whole football club. Chief Exec, Chairman, all the staff, my players and our fantastic supporters. Everyone played their part in a day that can only be described as the best day in our club's short history. The supporters were amazing; they got behind the team from the first whistle and didn’t stop singing till the final kick and it made all the difference. Everyone who made the trip and got behind the team, know you played your part in us achieving our dream of an FA Cup final.

On the performance of the team Sampson was again quick to praise the character of the players to come back from a disappointing result at Birmingham and produce a stunning first half display in which they scored three goals in the opening half an hour.

“When you suffer a defeat like we did Thursday you can worry if the team have been affected psychologically, but with our players I had no doubt we would show a big reaction today. We started the game with a strong mentality and after the early goal we went from strength to strength. We were strong in every area of the pitch, the back four defended fantastically, the midfield players worked tirelessly, the strikers caused all sorts of problems for their back four and at the end of the first half Siobhan made an unbelievable world class save.

“I have never worked with such a fantastic group of players and have never been as proud of a group of people as I am today of this group.”

Bristol will meet Barnet or Arsenal in the final, with the second semi taking place at Uxbridge FC on April 24th, 2pm.

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