Bristol Women’s Academy drew 1-1 last night, to claim a 2-1 aggregate win over Barcelona to reach the Champions League quarter finals.
Nikki Watts put away a late penalty, which was enough to see Bristol go through, in front of a record crowd of 2,347 at Ashton Gate.
It’s the first time the Academy have ever reached this stage of the competition after putting out the three-time winners Barcelona.
Bristol took a 1-0 lead into the game at Ashton Gate, after ending Barcelona’s 55 game unbeaten home run in the first leg.
The Academy are set to earn €50,000 (£39,700) for reaching the quarter-finals.
‘For us over two ties, to beat them, I think is enormous,’ Bristol manager Dave Edmondson said. ‘We caught them out a little bit maybe in Barcelona, but they’ve been very confident they’d come here and put two or three past us.’
‘To get a result over 180 minutes against a team that good is massive, because we are a new and young team.’
‘It’s massive for us, the players, the FWSL and the whole of Bristol sport to be honest.’
It seems Bristol sport is flourishing this year, as Bristol City and Bristol Rugby are top of their leagues. Bristol Academy’s achievement is just another success story to add to the city’s brilliant start to the sporting season.
By Phil Turbitt