Middlesbrough Women 1-1 Sunderland Ladies
It was another disappointing draw on Teesside for Sunderland Ladies, as Middlesbrough came from behind to take a point on Wednesday evening.
Bridget Galloway continued her 100% scoring record this season with a goal in the sixth minute.
However, Rebakah Bass equalised in the 63rd, but failed to take the chance to win her side the game when she missed a spot kick three minutes from time.
Sunderland remained unchanged from Sunday’s win at Fylde, while hosts Middlesbrough only made one from their win at Sheffield, as former Black Cat Tyler Dodds coming into the side in place of Millie Bell.
It was a lightning start for the Lasses, opening the scoring six minutes in. Neve Herron got a remarkable personal performance underway with a great ball to Jessica Brown on the right. The winger’s cross was headed off the bar by Keira Ramshaw, but Galloway was on hand to finish the rebound.
Middlesbrough first threatened 11 minutes later, as Ellie Dobson hit the bar with a long-range effort.
Sunderland would have two chances in the space of five minutes. Mollie Lambert’s first shot was straight at Boro ‘keeper Laura Wareham before Ramshaw sliced a chance wide after Boro only half cleared a Charlotte Potts free kick.
Brown almost scored her fourth goal of the season half an hour in. Potts did well to retain possession before starting an attack. Brown cut in from the right before shooting from outside the area, but it was inches too high.
A minute before the break Ramshaw hit the bar once again, heading off the woodwork after a good corner from Georgia Gibson.
The second half was frantic, with Sunderland looking dangerous in the first 15 minutes. Brown and Lambert each couldn’t quite find a target with crosses while Galloway headed narrowly over from a great cross by Brown.
However, Bass would draw the hosts level with an audacious effort from way out in the 63rd minute. The full back picked up the ball just inside the opposition half before shooting over Allison Cowling. Boro almost took the lead a minute later as Dodds hit the bar at close range.
The hosts had a new confidence, with both Potts and Grace McCatty needed to make important defensive plays to keep them at bay.
But Boro would have a golden opportunity with three minutes to go. Louise Griffiths was sent off for bringing down Dodds in the area as she ran towards goal. Bass stepped up to take the penalty, but the spot kick hit the bar.
Sunderland held on to take a point after a tough closing spell. The Black Cats will feel they could have taken all three points with their chances.
Middlesbrough Women: Wareham, Bass, Luke, Brown, Foster, Watt, Dodds, Hutchinson (Elliot 54’), Dale (Bell 71’), Dobson, Scarr
Subs not used: McQuade, Shaw, Newton
Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Brown, Beer, McCatty, Potts, Griffiths, Herron, Ramshaw, Gibson (Barker 64’), Lambert, Galloway
Subs not used: Moan, Stewart, Mullen, Cottam