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BRISTOL CITY 5
Kelly (pen) 90
Second-half strikes from Jimmy Muitt and Courtney Richards were not enough to stop Albion going down 5-2 at Bristol City.
It was Albion's second encounter against the Robins in a week, and while the first game ended 1-1 at Culver Road, the scoreline was more convincing for the hosts this time out.
City started the match brightly; Joe Bryan’s dangerous ball into the box was diverted into the hands of Ollie Wray by Glen Rea.
Kevin Krans then saw his speculative effort rise over the crossbar, before the home side were awarded a penalty.
Wray was penalised for bringing down Bryan inside the box, but Tyrone Barnett was denied from the spot thanks to a strong save by the Albion shot-stopper.
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City continued to press forward, as Krans drove another effort into the side-netting before the deadlock was broken right on half-time.
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Wray spilled Bryan’s long-range shot into the path of Barnett, who slotted the ball home from inside the box.
The Robins took just three minutes into the second-half to double their advantage, as Joe Morrell finished from inside the area after ending a free-flowing move by the hosts.
Simon Ireland’s side brought themselves back into the game just two minutes later, when Muitt showed some neat footwork on the edge of the box and fired past Richards into the bottom corner.
The home side then restored their two-goal cushion thanks to Bryan’s superbly taken free-kick just before the hour mark and Morrell added a fourth goal with another close-range strike.
Albion then produced a number of late chances, as Kemy Agustien’s free-kick was spilled by David Richards before Muitt fired the follow-up shot straight at the City keeper.
Substitute Jeff Monakana then found Charlie Harris in space, only for his effort to be blocked by Karleigh Osborne.
Monakana then weaved his way into the box to set up a chance for Muitt, but the forward struck over the bar.
Ben Barclay also saw his header cleared off the line by Lewis Hall from Agustien’s corner before Richards netted a second Albion goal.
Monakana’s cross was cleared into the path of the midfielder, whose superb shot nicked in off the near post to beat Richards.
But it was City who had the final say in an end-to-end second-half thanks to Liam Kelly’s penalty.
Rea was penalised for bringing down Marley Bishop inside the box and Kelly made no mistake from the spot this time to secure the three points for City.
Albion: Wray (GK); Deen (Barnett 67), Rea, Barclay, Hunt; Davis, Richards, Agustien; Hoskins (Monakana 62), Starkey (Harris 65), Muitt. Subs not used: Smith (GK), Wiltshire, Rowe-Hurst.