Kelly’s cracker seals dramatic Sunderland win

GREAT FINISH: Kelly McDougall scores
GREAT FINISH: Kelly McDougall scores
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Reading Ladies 2

KELLY McDougall netted a stoppage-time wonder strike as Sunderland maintained their perfect start to the new FA WSL2 season with victory over Reading.

Lauren Bruton and Lois Roche looked to have earned Reading a point, cancelling out Vicki Greenwell’s free-kick and a Ciara Grant own goal, but McDougall volleyed in a 94th-minute winner.

Greenwell opened the scoring after five minutes, curling a sweetly-struck free-kick into the top corner after Rachel Furness was tripped on the edge of the area.

Six minutes later, Grant could only deflect Furness’ header into her own net from McDougall’s corner as Sunderland doubled their advantage.

Bruton cut the deficit on 13 minutes though, rising highest to glance a header beyond keeper Helen Alderson from Cheryl Williams’ corner.

Alderson was then twice forced into action by Fran Kirby – first saving low on 27 minutes before turning a dipping long-range strike wide at full stretch moments later.

Sunderland were brighter after the break, Keira Ramshaw heading their best chance just wide from Rebekah Bass’ cross on 64 minutes after a slick move.

Roche levelled from a free-kick five minutes later though finding the corner from 25 yards after Steph Bannon had fouled Kirby.

Gemma Wilson then made a superb tackle to cut out another Reading attack.

Sunderland then pressed hard for a winner.

There was a tremendous goalmouth scramble which the visitors did well to keep out.

McDougall was denied by a smart save, but then sealed the points.

With just seconds remaining, the midfielder’s sweetly-struck volley from the edge of the area sealed victory.

The result delighted manager Mick Mulhern, who rates Reading highly and expects them to be in the mix at the top come the end of the season.

“The game plan worked well today,” he said.

“It was exactly as I’d seen them play against Blackburn. So I’m delighted we have come out on top.”

Head coach Claire Robinson insisted McDougall’s stoppage-time winner was richly deserved.

“I think we did deserve it. In that last 20 minutes the momentum built, there was a scramble in the area and other opportunities did come. We just had to believe it would come,” she said.

“Full credit to the girls, they showed they have that winning mentality, which is fantastic. They wanted that winning goal and what a goal it was to win it.

“The girls were fantastic in their attitude. They weren’t satisfied just getting a point, they wanted the win and it’s a great three points as well.

“At the end of the season it may have some significance. It’s our home game, we want this to be our fortress. Full credit to Reading, they are a good team and they will do well in this league.”

Reading manager Jayne Ludlow said: “It was a good game to be a part of. It was end to end, especially in the last 20 minutes.

“I was extremely pleased with the team for coming back from two goals down – which had been disappointing – but we responded.

“To be honest, I’m really happy with our performance. You can look at the scoreline and think differently, but right now the performance is there.”

The FA Women’s Super League has been newly expanded to two leagues for 2014. To watch all 18 clubs live in action buy tickets here: http://www.ticketstores.co.uk/fawsl

Kelly’s cracker gives Sunderland win against Reading

Sunderland Ladies 2

Reading Ladies 2

KELLY McDougall netted a stoppage-time wonder strike as Sunderland maintained their perfect start to the new FA WSL2 season with victory over Reading.

Lauren Bruton and Lois Roche looked to have earned Reading a point, cancelling out Vicki Greenwell’s free-kick and a Ciara Grant own goal, but McDougall volleyed in a 94th-minute winner.

Greenwell opened the scoring after five minutes, curling a sweetly-struck free-kick into the top corner after Rachel Furness was tripped on the edge of the area.

Six minutes later, Grant could only deflect Furness’ header into her own net from McDougall’s corner as Sunderland doubled their advantage.

Bruton cut the deficit on 13 minutes though, rising highest to glance a header beyond keeper Helen Alderson from Cheryl Williams’ corner.

Alderson was then twice forced into action by Fran Kirby – first saving low on 27 minutes before turning a dipping long-range strike wide at full stretch moments later.

Sunderland were brighter after the break, Keira Ramshaw heading their best chance just wide from Rebekah Bass’ cross on 64 minutes after a slick move.

Roche levelled from a free-kick five minutes later though finding the corner from 25 yards after Steph Bannon had fouled Kirby.

Gemma Wilson then made a superb tackle to cut out another Reading attack.

Sunderland then pressed hard for a winner.

There was a tremendous goalmouth scramble which the visitors did well to keep out.

McDougall was denied by a smart save, but then sealed the points.

With just seconds remaining, the midfielder’s sweetly-struck volley from the edge of the area sealed victory.

The result delighted manager Mick Mulhern, who rates Reading highly and expects them to be in the mix at the top come the end of the season.

“The game plan worked well today,” he said.

“It was exactly as I’d seen them play against Blackburn. So I’m delighted we have come out on top.”

Head coach Claire Robinson insisted McDougall’s stoppage-time winner was richly deserved.

“I think we did deserve it. In that last 20 minutes the momentum built, there was a scramble in the area and other opportunities did come. We just had to believe it would come,” she said.

“Full credit to the girls, they showed they have that winning mentality, which is fantastic. They wanted that winning goal and what a goal it was to win it.

“The girls were fantastic in their attitude. They weren’t satisfied just getting a point, they wanted the win and it’s a great three points as well.

“At the end of the season it may have some significance. It’s our home game, we want this to be our fortress. Full credit to Reading, they are a good team and they will do well in this league.”

Reading manager Jayne Ludlow said: “It was a good game to be a part of. It was end to end, especially in the last 20 minutes.

“I was extremely pleased with the team for coming back from two goals down – which had been disappointing – but we responded.

“To be honest, I’m really happy with our performance. You can look at the scoreline and think differently, but right now the performance is there.”

The FA Women’s Super League has been newly expanded to two leagues for 2014. To watch all 18 clubs live in action buy tickets here: http://www.ticketstores.co.uk/fawsl