Sunderland Ladies 2-3 Stoke City Ladies
An off day for Sunderland saw them lose to Stoke City at Hetton, with the visitors snatching all three points right at the death.
Stoke shocked the hosts early on as they took the lead within a minute. A parry into a dangerous area by Black Cats ‘keeper Sophy Stonehouse offered Amy Hughes a chance that would have been harder to miss. Hughes fired the ball into the empty net.
But it only took three minutes for the hosts to find a reply. Bridget Galloway pounced on a rebound after Stoke ‘keeper Molly Bruton parried Jordan Atkinson’s cross.
The parity was short lived however, Stoke regaining the lead after six minutes as Ashleigh Hayes got in behind the Sunderland defence before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
Anna Young shot from long range as Sunderland searched for an equaliser in the 14th minute, curling her effort wide to the ‘keepers right.
But a counter after Hannah Keryakoplis hit the bar for the visitors saw Sunderland equalise and Young get her third goal in as many games.
In the 17th minute, Young took the ball around the ‘keeper and rolled the ball home after Louise Griffiths got the ball to her in the box.
Emily Hutchinson almost found the net five minutes before the break, but hit the inside of the post after the ball rolled kindly for the winger from a tackle on Keira Ramshaw.
Ramshaw had the first chance of the second half, after going on a great run from the half-way line to the edge of the area she shot low to Bruton’s right but the ‘keeper managed to save.
Stonehouse made a good save with an hour gone, stopping a powerful effort by Keryakoplis from just outside the Sunderland area.
Stonehouse was forced into action again in the 70th minute. A free kick found Emily Owen at the back post, her close-range effort was saved well by the Sunderland ‘keeper.
Eight minutes later, a dangerous counter attack by Sunderland lead to an opportunity for Galloway. Her shot across the face of goal almost out did Bruton, however, she managed to get enough on it to divert it wide.
In the third minute of stoppage time at the end of the 90, Sunderland failed to mark up at a corner, allowing Owen to turn the ball home unmarked to give Stoke the three points.
A tough day at the office and plenty of learning to do for the Lady Black Cats ahead of next week’s home game against Derby County.
Sunderland Ladies: Stonehouse, Griffiths, McCatty, Kemp, Mullen, Young, Lambert, Ramshaw, Atkinson (Barker, 63), Hutchinson (Gibson, 82), Galloway
Subs Not Used: Stewart, Cowling, Warren
Stoke City: Bruton, Hudson, Hyde, Owen, Bowyer, Roberts (Robinson, 77), Richardson (Pemberton, 77), Tezgel, Keryakoplis, Hughes, Hayes (Chipman, 90)
Subs Not Used: McCoy