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Sunderland 3 (Joice 45, Mead 50, og 90) Durham Women 0
Sunderland continued their perfect start to their debut FA WSL season with a 3-0 win over Durham Women in the Continental Cup.
The Lady Black Cats faced their local rivals for the second time this campaign in their first outing in the Continental Cup. Both sides looked to have shaken off the nerves that hampered the first encounter in the opening game of the WSL season.
Durham began the brighter of the two teams with Stacy Crooks playing Zoe Ness through the Sunderland defence, but her pull back was hit high over the bar by Jess Round.
As Sunderland settled into the game they began to create chances in front of goal - the closest of which fell to Steph Bannon, who saw her 18th minute header from a corner hit the bar. Kelly McDougall found herself in shooting range but her 36th minute effort from the edge of the area was well saved by Danielle Hill in the Durham goal.
Sunderland finally took the lead on the stroke of half time. A long ball over the top from Bannon allowed Abbey Joice to race through the Durham defence and lob the goalkeeper.
Five minutes into the second half, Beth Mead doubled the home side's advantage after getting in on the end of a Kelly McDougall header and then placing her shot beyond the keeper. Sunderland continued to dominate, creating regular chances but were unable to convert. Emma Kelly, making her first start for the side, broke free on the right hand side after good build up play but dragged her shot wide.
As the game progressed Durham began to sit back deeper and deeper as Sunderland continued to press for goals. Mead had a chance to double her tally after a fierce strike from the edge of the area but her effort hit the post and bounced away to safety.
Shortly afterwards Sunderland goalkeeper Helen Alderson was forced to come way out of her area to clear a long ball forward by Durham. The brave challenge resulted in Durham forward Stacy Crooks leaving the pitch after a clash of heads.
Sunderland continued to press and in the 79th minute Mead was clumsily taken down on the edge of the area. Victoria Greenwell looked to repeat her free kick heroics of the last local derby but her effort was comfortably saved by Hill.
After several last ditch clearances and goalmouth scrambles it looked as if Sunderland would have to settle with just the two goals, but then in stoppage time Durham's defence finally cracked under the constant pressure and they conceded an own goal to give the home side a comfortable 3-0 win.
Sunderland: Helen Alderson, Abby Holmes, Victoria Greenwell, Rachel Furness, Steph Bannon, Gemma Wilson, Keira Ramshaw (sub Rebekah Bass 84mins), Kelly McDougall, Beth Mead, Emma Kelly, Abbey Joice.
Durham Women: Danielle Hill, Ellie Christon (sub Jennifer Jennings 80mins), Lauren Jordinson, Victoria Linsley, Kate Bradley, Becky Hanratty, Beth Jennings, Stacy Crooks (sub Jordon Atkinson 74mins), Zoe Ness, Beth Hepple, Jess Round (sub Yasmine Hardy 77mins).
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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