Ladies report: Lasses edge past Boro

Sunderland Ladies 4-3 Middlesbrough Women 

Sunderland booked their place in the Women's FA Cup third round with a hard fought victory against Middlesbrough.

The game was tied at the break after goals from Ellie Dobson in the ninth minute and Tyler Dodds in the 41st bookended Bridget Galloway's spot kick and Louise Griffiths' deflected cross.

Griffiths opened second-half scoring as another cross was turned in by a Boro defender six minutes after the restart. Emily Scarr levelled things once again shortly after the hour mark, but Galloway's 69th minute strike proved to be the winner for the Black Cats.

Maria Farrugia and Katie Barker replaced Georgia Gibson and Grace McCatty from Sunderland's last game against Loughborough in November.

The Lasses were second best for much of the early exchanges, and Dobson converted in the ninth minute despite two excellent saves from Claudia Moan, the latter deflecting back off Dobson to find the net.

However, Emma Foster would foul Farrugia in Boro's penalty at the midway stage of the first half and can count herself lucky to escape with just a booking. Galloway duly delivered from 12 yards as her penalty was dispatched into the top right corner to level things in Hebburn. 

Sunderland started to dominate from there, and the pressure told as Griffiths' dangerous cross was deflected beyond Laura Wareham in the Boro goal with six to play before the break. 

But Boro would fortunately hit back two minutes later, Dodds this time saw her corner drop in at the far post to tie things. 

Sunderland started the second far better than the first. Galloway was pulled back by Foster two minutes after the restart, but the referee let play go. 

Griffiths would play a leading role as Sunderland once again hit the front in the 51st, another dangerous cross was turned in by Boro defender Olivia Watt. 

Boro would just about hang on for the following 10 minutes. Galloway, Katie Barker and Farrugia would fire high and wide as well as Galloway and Jessica Brown forcing Wareham into action. 

Leonie Hutchinson forced a world-class save out of Moan. The 'keeper was at full stretch to turn the Boro midfielder's shot away from the top corner. 

However, Boro would equalise just two minutes later, as Scarr fired home after a free-kick in behind the Black Cats' defence. 

The game would snap back once again though. Moan played Brown in down the right. The winger unselfishly squared the ball for Galloway, who tapped in at the back post with 20 to play. 

Sunderland could have sealed the win, but Ramshaw saw a free-kick saved by Wareham and an overhead kick blocked on the line. 

Galloway tried to lob Wareham with four to play, but she put too much on the effort and lifted it over the bar. 

It was not the finest display from Sunderland, but it was enough to set up a third round clash with Fylde at Mill Farm on Sunday 5 January 2020.

Sunderland Ladies: Moan, Griffiths, Herron, Potts, Mullen, Brown, Lambert, Ramshaw, Farrugia, Barker, Galloway

Subs not used: Gibson, Warren, Woolston, Beer, Cottam

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