Win For Development Over Manchester City
Sunderland Development 2 Manchester City Development 0 Match report by Mark Craggs.
The Lady Black Cats development side showed great resilience to take all three points against third place Manchester City. Two early goals from Mollie Lambert and Georgia Gibson were enough to pick up the victory.
The hosts started the much brighter of the two sides, creating several chances and finding a breakthrough within the first 10 minutes. First to have an effort was captain Faye Mullen, whose shot from around the 25 yard mark was pushed just past the post by City ‘keeper Rachel Darbyshire.
However the breakthrough came in the 7th minute. Mollie Lambert capitalised on a loose pass and poor control on the edge of the City area, finding the bottom corner to the Darbyshire’s left. And it only took two minutes for that lead to be doubled. Mullen hit an effort from range that crashed off the bar. The rebound fell to Georgia Gibson, who found the net with a shot from the left hand side of the box.
Man City started to fight back, however their attacks were often broken down before they could create a shooting opportunity. Lucy Ashworth had her 15th minute cross headed away from danger by Olivia Watt before Watt cut out another crossing opportunity from Ashworth a minute later.
City’s first effort didn’t come till the 21st minute, when Ceri Holland managed to evade two challenges from Lambert and Beth Guy. Holland got to the edge of the box before shooting, where she then fired high over the bar. On the half hour mark, City won a free kick in a wide area which was taken by Ashworth. She found a dangerous area but Sunderland ‘keeper Sophy Stonehouse caught well in the crowd of outfielders.
With just over five minutes of the half remaining, City went very close as Yvette Loukes' effort was cleared off the line after Ashworth’s cross was turned away from goal.
Sunderland managed to hold onto the 2-0 advantage at the break
After the break, Manchester City carried on from how the first half finished. Only two minutes into the second period, Amelia Kemp fired just over Stonehouse’s goal after Ashworth found her from a corner. Ashworth was the thorn in Sunderland’s side as she continued to create. The winger beat Olivia Watt as she went through on goal, but she took her time to shoot and Watt recovered.
With 54 minutes played Louise Griffiths made a great sliding tackle in the wet conditions to halt a City counter attack. However City continued to apply the pressure. Yvette Loukes’ cross come shot had to be saved by Sophy Stonehouse.
Sunderland did manage to create an opportunity in a time of high Man City pressure. Hattie Preston was strong enough to hold off a City defender before having a shot. The goal bound effort was not powerful enough to beat Rachel Darbyshire however.
Man City had their closest effort of the game so far in the 73rd minute. Katie Kitching found Alethea Paul with a pull back, Paul fired a powerful right footed shot off the post. Three minutes later, Ashworth found Keeley Goodwin with a pull back, however the striker missed the effort. The ball then fell kindly for Paul, but Stonehouse made a great save to deny the close range shot.
Sunderland managed to stem the flow of City attacks with some good defending, however City were given a golden opportunity in the 88th minute as the referee awarded them a penalty after Griffiths brought down Ashworth in the area. Ceri Holland stepped up to take it, but hit the spot kick high over the bar. Sunderland managed to see out the rest of the game, taking all three points with the 2-0 victory.
Sunderland: Stonehouse, Warren, Griffiths, Watt, Pattinson, Guy, Mullen, Barker (Anderson 71’), Gibson, Lambert, Preston (Hutchinson 77’)
Goals: Lambert 7’, Gibson 9’
Manchester City: Darbyshire, Agger, Morgan, Kemp, Newsham, Holland, Loukes, Kitching, Goodwin, Walmsley (Paul 71’), Ashworth (Dixon 81’)