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Man City Women snatched a late 2-1 victory over Bristol City to book their place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
The result maintained the Blues’ 100% start to the season with three wins from three.
Having never reached the final, City highlighted the FA Cup as a major target ahead of the new campaign.
Their desire showed. Having started brightly, the visitors opening the scoring after just seven minutes. After Tessel Middag was thwarted by Caitlin Leach in the Bristol goal, the ball was hooked back into the box and Houghton muscled in to poke the ball over the line.
The hosts responded well to falling behind and Marie Hourihan was called into action to deny Millie Turner with an excellent low stop.
At the other end, the influential Parris was at the heart of City’s most threatening attacks – first setting up Toni Duggan who skewed wide and then crossing for Georgia Stanway to head over.
Hourihan then prevented Millie Farrow from levelling the score as the striker bore down on goal, while Parris missed the chance to double the Blues’ advantage, as her effort cleared the bar.
Bristol drew level on the stroke of half-time as Emslie weaved her way into the box and drilled into the bottom corner at the second attempt.
The Blues pressed for a winner in the second half.
Carli Lloyd went close on two occasions in quick succession, forcing Leach into a fine stop and then volleying over from the resulting corner.
With the home side defending resiliently as City piled on the pressure, the tie looked to be heading for a draw but Parris had other ideas and drove a low shot goalward which ricocheted in to send Cushing’s side through.
City progress to the semi-finals, where they will face either Birmingham, Chelsea or Liverpool.
The draw will be made on Monday 27 March at approximately 2:45pm and will be broadcast on Radio 5Live.
The final is at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 13 May.
With perhaps half an eye on Thursday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Fortuna Hjorring, Cushing made a host of changes.
Melissa Lawley and Kosovare Asllani were rested, making way for Duggan and Parris to be employed on the wings. Stanway led the line upfront.
Read how Nick Cushing’s side fared in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash…
The Blues travel to Fortuna Hjorring in the first leg of the quarter-finals, having already defeated Zvezda Perm and Brondby.