Sunderland Ladies 1-1 Reading Women
Lady Black Cats End Spring Series With A Draw
Beverly Leon came off the bench to secure a point for Sunderland against Reading on the final day of the FA Women’s Super League Spring Series 1.
Mel Fletcher had put the Royals ahead on the half hour as she got onto the end of a Mandy van den Berg ball but Leon’s second-half strike earned Sunderland a draw.
Departing Sunderland hero Steph Bannon received a rapturous round of applause after just five minutes at the Hetton Centre in her final game before retirement.
But her Sunderland team were under pressure throughout much of the first half with Kirsty McGee, Jade Moore and Kirsty Linnett all failing to find the target with efforts on goal.
And after Dominique Bruinenberg fired over from long range for Sunderland, the Royals pressure finally told as Fletcher put them a goal to the good.
Linnett missed a second one-on-one chance before half-time and the Black Cats made Reading pay for missing their chances when substitute Leon levelled.
The striker scored her second goal of the Spring Series when she calmly found the bottom corner with a fierce shot across goal.
Reading’s Anissa Lahmari and Lauren Bruton missed opportunities to seal the three points late on.
Sunderland (4-3-1-2): Hilde Gunn Olsen, Abby Holmes, Stephanie Bannon, Hayley Sharp, Victoria Williams, Lucy Staniforth, Mollie Lambert, Stephanie Roche, Dominique Bruinenberg, Keira Ramshaw, Abbey Joice.
Substitutes: Beverly Leon for Roche 22, Bridget Galloway for Staniforth 54, Poppy Pattinson for Joice 71,
Substitutes not used: Anke Preuss, Olivia Watt, Danielle Brown
Bookings: Staniforth 44, Holmes 64 Red Cards:
Reading (4-5-1): Mary Earps, Rebecca Jane, Mandy van den Berg, Molly Bartrip, Kirsty McGee, Charlie Estcourt, Remi Allen, Lauren Bruton, Jade Moore, Melissa Fletcher, Kirsty Linnett
Substitutes: Anissa Lahmari for Estcourt 53, Harriet Scott for Fletcher 64 Kaleigh Hines for Jane 83
Substitutes not used: Anna Green, Grace Moloney, Tamsin De Bunsen, Sophie O’Rourke
Bookings: Allen 44
Red Cards: None