Ladies report: Terriers defeated by Cats

Sunderland rescued three points at Huddersfield after the host fought back from two down to make things tricky for the Lady Black Cats.

Sunderland took the lead early on; Emily Hutchinson scored an absolute screamer with six minutes on the clock. She hit a half volley from way outside the area and straight into the top corner after Bridget Galloway set her up with a clever chest down into the path of the winger.

Huddersfield had the ball in the net with 12 minutes played, but the flag was up and the goal was disallowed. Sophy Stonehouse was forced into action by Katie Nutter soon after the disallowed goal, with the ‘keeper making a good save at her near post to deny the powerful effort.

Both teams had chances on the build up to half-time, with Galloway going closes for Sunderland and Sarah Danby shooting just wide for Huddersfield.

However, Sunderland would add a second in first half injury time; Mollie Lambert got onto the end of a long ball from Grace McCatty and played the ball around Huddersfield ‘keeper Charlotte Oates, who had rushed out of her area, to find the net.

It was all change in the second half however, as Charley Evans pulled one back in the 51st minute after a scramble in the Sunderland area from a Huddersfield corner.

Only three minutes later, McCatty fouled Danby in the box to give Huddersfield a penalty, which captain Kate Mallin scored to draw level.

Galloway had a great chance to put Sunderland back in front in the 64th minute, but Oates made a great save to deny the strikers touch goalwards from Jordan Atkinson’s cross.

Danby had a chance to give Huddersfield a lead for the first time in the game; however she fires a shot straight into the hands of Stonehouse with 20 minutes remaining.

With nine minutes to go, Sunderland regained the lead. Lambert got her second with another fantastic strike. Keira Ramshaw played the ball to Lambert, who fired a sweet, first time strike straight into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Sunderland held on to take all three points in a tough game, showing plenty of character and resilience to bring home the win.

Huddersfield: Oates, Turner, Legge, Abbott (Bickett 80’), Lee, Nutter, Evans, Danby, Parnham (Dobby 75’), Sanderson (Harris 34’)

Sunderland: Stonehouse, Brown, McCatty, Griffiths, Mullen, Lambert, Ramshaw, Young, Atkinson (Gibson 72’), Galloway, Hutchinson (Barker 67’)

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