Monday 8 January 2018

Winning Start to 2018

Lady Black Cats turn on the style to see off Birmingham

Second-half goals from Dominique Bruinenberg, Hayley Sharp and Abbey Joice secured a third successive home win for Sunderland in all competitions as they swatted Birmingham City aside.

After a quiet first half, the game came to life early in the second thanks in the main to Bruinenberg’s second goal of the season before Sharp and Joice converted late chances.

At the other end, Rachael Laws made an important double save from Rachel Williams and Charlie Wellings to keep the Lady Black Cats’ fifth clean sheet of the campaign.

In the fourth minute Laws tipped behind an effort from Charlie Wellings with a shot from just inside the penalty area but that was as good as it got in a lacklustre first half.

But after break the hosts took the lead after Birmingham failed to clear a set piece. The ball fell to Bruinenberg who lashed home past the despairing Hannah Hampton.

Laws denied the visitors an equaliser five minutes later with a fine double save. A mix-up at the back allowed Williams to run clear and her shot was saved at point-blank range by Laws.

The ball rebounded to Wellings, but Laws was up quickly to smother the effort at the feet of the Birmingham winger.

And Sunderland secured the three points when Sharp stroked home from 15 yards out before Joice broke in to the penalty down the left, cut in on her right foot and fired into the bottom corner to round off a perfect evening.




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