Lucky break’s do big for Brooke in Sunderland Ladies’ victory over Bristol Academy

Brooke Chaplen attacks against Bristol Academy. Picture by Joe Spence
Brooke Chaplen attacks against Bristol Academy. Picture by Joe Spence
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BROOKE Chaplen won’t score a more important “mis-hit” in her career after inspiring Sunderland Ladies’ comeback win over Bristol Academy.

The former Everton star scored just 24 seconds after the interval ion Saturday night to bring the Lady Black Cats level, before Rachel Furness headed in the winner 18 minutes from time.

Chaplen again proved a livewire for Carlton Fairweather’s side and, while modest about her finish, highlighted how vital her goal and the bullet header from Furness could be.

The 2-1 win took Sunderland third in the table but more importantly opened up a six-point gap with basement side Bristol.

Only one side gets relegated from WSL1 and consolidation is the watchword for the Cats this season.

“I think I mis-hit it,” said the former England Under-23 forward.

“It went through a few players and while the keeper got a bit of a hand to it, it bobbled over the line.

“But it was an important goal and Furney scored a good header for the winner.

“I think the three points could be massive at the end of the season.

“It was important we came out for the second half and put right what we had been doing wrong in the first half and put on a good performance, work hard and get the three points.

“Although beating Liverpool was a great three points, these three points are going to be much more important come the end of the season.

“Obviously it puts a big gap between us and Bristol and hopefully we’ll push on from here.”