Fylde Ladies 1-2 Sunderland Ladies
Sunderland Ladies got the monkey off their back, with a first win against Fylde in four attempts to maintain a perfect start to the season.
Bridget Galloway opened the scoring in the 21st minute before Jessica Brown doubled the lead a minute into the second half.
Jodie Redgrave scored in the 70th minute but Sunderland held firm for the three points.
Captain Keira Ramshaw returned to Melanie Reay’s side, along with Louise Griffiths. Neve Herron made her full debut, starting in place of Maria Farrugia.
It took a while for the game to burst into life, with Sunderland only getting half chances with Ramshaw and Charlotte Potts.
However, the first shot on target found the net. Grace McCatty lofted the ball in behind the defence for Galloway. The striker held off her marker before beating Jess Carberry with a half volley from outside the area.
Sunderland had a golden chance to double the lead in the 33rd minute. Galloway won a penalty after being barged in the back as she went for a header. Ramshaw took the spot kick, but dragged it wide to Carberry’s left.
Herron made an important challenge five minutes later as Emily Hollinshead lined up a shot for the hosts.
The Black Cats would make a dream start to the second half, as Jessica Brown’s cross-turned-shot beat Carberry a minute after the restart.
It was almost three a minute later. Ramshaw hit the post with a snap shot after Georgia Gibson played a free kick to the skipper.
Just before the hour mark Mollie Lambert fired just over the bar as she beat a defender one-on-one to create the shooting opportunity.
With 22 minutes left to play, Potts first cleared a Hollinshead cross before Megan Beer bravely defended a cross from Redgrave, surviving hits from Hollinshead and the post.
But Fylde found their way back into the game in the 70th minute, as Redgrave turned a cross from Hollinshead into the bottom corner.
Brown had the chance to put Sunderland out of sight with three minutes remaining but could only find the post from Ramshaw’s cut back.
Fylde were offered a final lifeline, the lineman flagging for a foul by Potts, when it appeared to have been an infringement on the Sunderland defender. Laura Merrin’s free kick was collected by Allison Cowling and the full-time whistle immediately followed.
A big three point at a previously unhappy hunting ground for the Lasses, who boast six points from a possible six on the road to start the season.
Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Beer, Potts, McCatty, Brown, Herron, Griffiths, Ramshaw ©, Gibson, Lambert (Cottam 84’), Galloway
Subs not used: Moan, Stewart, Mullen, Barker