Continental Tyres Cup Match report: Durham Women 1 Sunderland Ladies 2

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Sunderland Ladies snatched a dramatic Continental Tyres Cup win at neighbours Durham with a goal 46 seconds into added time.

The Lady Black Cats had taken a 76th-minute lead through Keira Ramshaw after being teed up by sub Beth Mead.

But Durham levelled five minutes from time when Sarah Wilson blasted in from close ranger from a corner.

Sunderland though nicked it when home keeper Anna Moorhouse could not keep out a tremendous inswinging corner by Vicky Greenwell.

Durham Women: Moorhouse, Jennings, Havelock, Nelson, S Wilson, Macek, Hepple, Gutteridge, Gears, Corrie, Atkinson.

Subs: Alderson, Linsley, Jordanson, White

Sunderland Ladies: Olsen, Holmes, Bannon, G Wilson, Greenwell, Ramshaw, McFadden, Furness (McDougall 46), Kelly (Mead 68), Joice (Chaplen 58), Roche

Subs (not used): Laws, Sharp, Williams

Referee: Matthew Diccio

Carlton Fairweather rang the changes for the visitors, handing starts to defender Gemma Wilson and midfielders Emma Kelly, Sarah McFadden and Abbey Joice.

Fairweather rested Saturday’s hat-trick hero Beth Mead, who was joined on the bench by Tori Williams, Brooke Chaplen and Kelly McDougall.

Stephanie Roche took over Mead’s loan striker’s role.

Both sides began brightly with Nicky Gears shooting wide for Durham in just 23 seconds with Keira Ramshaw and Abbey Joice off target at the other end.

Sunderland put together a good 14th-minute move involving Abby Holmes, Kelly and Ramshaw, whose cross was well held by Anna Moorhouse under pressure from Holmes.

Joice shot straight at Moorhouse 60 seconds later after cutting in smartly from the left and three minutes later, Rachel Furness headed wide at the far post from a Vicky Greenwell corner.

Kelly was next to shoot from the edge of the area but her effort, though well struck, was straight at Moorhouse.

Sunderland had a scare in the 22nd minute when Hilde Olsen palmed the ball clear only as far as Beth Hepple, whose goalbound header was nodded off the line by Steph Bannon.

The Lady Black Cats were having the better of the play without really threatening the home goal, Kelly seeing a shot blocked.

Durham had one promising moment when Chloe Macek had a sight of goal seven minutes from the break, but fired high over the bar.

Half-time

Durham 0

Sunderland 0

Sunderland brought on Kelly McDougall for the second half and the away side were the first out of the blocks, with Moorhouse saving smartly from Greenwell after a Joice shot was blocked.

Fairweather made his second change on 58 minutes, introducing Brooke Chaplen for Joice, while Mead came on 10 minutes later for Kelly.

There was little to write home about in the second half, which was proving pretty lifeless.

Durham did win a 72nd-minute corner which the Lady Black Cats had to show their mettle to clear.

Finally, the 793-strong crowd had a goal to witness in the 76th minute.

Mead teed up RAMSHAW who finished emphatically from 15 yards, her left-footer going into Moorhouse’s right-hand corner.

There was a sight of one of the most famous left feet in women’s footy as Roche fired wide after 78 minutes.

Durham went within a whisker of an 82nd-minute leveller when ex-Sunderland forward Natalie Gutteridge hit the outside of Olsen’s left-hand post with the Norwegian beaten.

But the Wildcats equalised five minutes from time following their second corner of the half.

Sunderland could not clear a scramble and SARAH WILSON blasted high into the net from close range.

The away side were almost back in front from the re-start when Mead fired wide from a narrow angle.

Sunderland looked like being held to a draw but 46 seconds into stoppage time, MOORHOUSE Could only divert Greenwell’s wicked inswinging corner into her own net.

Full-time

DURHAM 1

SUNDERLAND 2