Mead on target twice in Yorkshire.
Leeds United WFC 2 Sunderland WFC 2
Sunderland and Leeds are separated by only goal difference in their Premier League Cup round-robin group following a hard-fought draw in Yorkshire.
The Lady Black Cats, who beat Leeds in the final to win the trophy last season, were twice ahead in the game but were forced to settle for a point in the end.
England under-19 striker Beth Mead netted both goals after attending the FA’s annual awards dinner last week to receive a prize as the league’s top scorer for 2011-12.
The deadly forward opened the scoring just before half time, slotting home from close range after Natalie Gutteridge carved a path through the Leeds defence.
However, Leeds went in level at the break when Carey Huegett stabbed the ball home in a goalmouth scramble.
Sunderland responded well and took the lead early in the second period – Mead converting after Keira Ramshaw’s shot came back off the keeper.
Again Leeds bounced back to level – this time through Abi Lee – but the hosts had to weather a late onslaught to secure a draw.
Sunderland generated four excellent scoring chances but couldn’t find a way through as they returned to Wearside with a point.
Sunderland: Laws, Holmes, Bannon, Wilson, Greenwell, Ramshaw, Gutteridge, Furness, McDougall, Williams (Devine), Mead.
Subs: Caldwell, Atkinson, Salicki, Sutcliffe.