Lasses 2-1 Sheffield FC Women
Sunderland Ladies secured another three points in the FA Women’s Northern Premier Division after coming from behind to beat Sheffield FC at the Academy of Light.
Holly Housley’s first-half penalty put the Yorkshire side in front, before Keira Ramshaw’s header put Melanie Reay’s hosts back on level terms. Maria Farrugia’s stunning solo goal secured the points in the second half.
In an even first half, clear-cut chances were few and far between, the pick of the sniffs at goal coming through captain Ramshaw, who struck a powerful long-range drive off the post.
Following a foul in a crowded penalty area, the visitors saw an opportunity to tilt the game their way with six minutes remaining until the break. Housley stepped up to sweep a firm penalty high to Claudia Moan’s left-hand side.
But the equaliser arrived almost immediately for Reay’s Lasses, as a corner delivery from the left-hand channel found Ramshaw, who headed past Laura Parsons from close range to level the score at one apiece.
The second half saw the contest stretch slightly as both teams searched for the three points on offer, though Sunderland looked in the ascendancy for large spells.
And it would be at the three-quarter mark of the game when Farrugia stole the show, beating several defenders and keeping her composure to finish smartly beyond Parsons from 10 yards out.
Despite Sheffield’s determination throughout the remainder of the match, the Lasses maintained a disciplined display of game management and saw out a satisfying victory on Wearside.
Sunderland: Moan, Beer, Herron, Griffiths, McCatty, Ramshaw ©, Joice, Farrugia, Brown (Warren 85’), Scarr (McInnes 76’), Blakey (Manders 62’).
Subs not used: Cowling, Studholme.