Guiseley Vixens Women 1-2 Sunderland Ladies
Sunderland Ladies suffered a late scare to secure three points in their final away game of the season at Guiseley Vixens on Sunday.
Keira Ramshaw put the Lady Black Cats ahead in the first half when she finished off a great passage of play before Georgia Gibson found the top corner in the 67th minute to double the lead.
Monika Stube pulled on back for Guiseley just two minutes later to get the hosts right back into the fixture before Ramshaw was shown a straight red in the 73rd minute to set-up a nervy finish.
However, the visitors held firm and saw the game out to secure three big points.
Melanie Reay had a major selection issue heading into the game, with only 11 players available for the game due to injury, work and other commitments. Amelia Kemp returned to the squad for the first time since March 17, while Courtney Stewart made her first start since the first game of the season.
Sunderland dominated the early exchanges, with Ramshaw and Niamh McLaughlin each testing Bethan Davies in the first 10 minutes.
Mollie Lambert went close shortly after with a shot from the edge of the area after Emily Hutchinson set up the shot.
It would take until the 34th minute for Sunderland to get their goal. Kemp started the move with a great challenge in the Sunderland half. The ball ran for Lambert, who picked out her captain with a through ball. Ramshaw finished the move, finding the bottom corner with a strike across goal.
The second half started in a similar fashion to how the first played out. Sunderland dominated the ball but couldn't carve out a chance.
Ramshaw was the first to go close in the second half with 63 minutes played, with her long-range effort going narrowly over the bar.
The second goal would follow shortly after, Gibson picked the ball up on the halfway line before beating Alarna Fuller and firing her effort into the top corner from outside the area.
Guiseley would hit back quickly, only two minutes later. A central free-kick was played wide to Charlotte Gill, with the Vixens' number four cutting the ball back to the front post where Stube found the net at the near post.
And the game swung further in the hosts’ favour when Ramshaw retaliated to a challenge and was shown a straight red card.
Despite being a player down, Sunderland stood firm and held Guiseley at bay to secure three crucial points.
The Lady Black Cats now round out their season with a home game against Sheffield on May 5.