Fylde Ladies 2-1 Sunderland AFC Ladies
Sunderland Ladies were left frustrated this afternoon as they fell to defeat to at Flyde.
The Lady Black Cats went behind inside the opening 16 minutes when Sasha Rowe opened the scoring for Fylde before Katie Barker levelled things up early in the second half.
Fylde then snatched victory late on through an own goal to secure all three points at the expense of the Lasses.
Sunderland were depleted with a number of players missing through illness and international duty but they made a bright start in Lancashire.
Georgia Gibson had the Lasses’ first shot of the game, fizzing a long-range effort six minutes in just wide of the target.
However, Fylde opened the scoring 10 minutes later when Laura Merrin's cross found Rowe at the back post and she finished brilliantly with a powerful first time effort at the back post.
The game was messy, neither side created many chances and Sunderland struggled to get into a rhythm as they pushed to get back into the game.
Keira Ramshaw went closest for the visitors in the first half, flicking Gibson's free-kick goalwards but Brittany Jackson sprung across her line to turn the ball away.
Danielle Young almost doubled the hosts’ advantage with an effort from the edge of the area four minutes before the break, but the ball flew just over the bar.
Fylde could have doubled their lead after the restart, Georgia Stevens capitalised as Sunderland failed to clear a long ball. Allison Cowling reacted quickly to close down and save the shot.
Within three minutes of that Fylde chance, Sunderland equalised. Niamh McLaughlin played Barker in. The winger brilliantly beat her defender before curling an excellent strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Cowling kept things level, making a great save to turn a long-range Emily Hollinshead effort over the bar just after the hour mark.
But with 14 minutes remaining, Fylde retook the lead. A shot from Rowe cannoned back off the post, hitting a helpless Megan Beer and finding the net.
Rowe went on to hit the bar with a dipping effort two minutes later.
Sunderland pushed for a way back in. Ramshaw when agonisingly close with a well-struck effort skimming the crossbar four minutes from time.
With the last action of the game, Jackson pulled off a great save before Fylde cleared from the resulting scramble.
After a busy and tough spell for Sunderland, they now have a week off before travelling to Nottingham Forest on March 10th.
Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Beer, Griffiths, Kemp, Warren (Stewart 73’), Lambert, McLaughlin (Young 80’), Gibson, Ramshaw ©, Barker, Galloway
Subs Not Used: Skull, Potts