ABBY Holmes and Keira Ramshaw fired Sunderland Ladies to a 2-0 victory against Yeovil Town this afternoon as they maintained their 100 per cent start to the FA Women’s Super League season.
Holmes broke the deadlock just seven minutes in, charging forward from right-back to cut inside and unleash a powerful left-footed strike into the bottom corner.
Beth Mead went close to doubling the advantage on the half-hour after exchanging passes with Rachel Furness, but Rachel Simkin was out quickly to save.
On the stroke of half-time, Katie Cook raced onto Jade Lorton-Radburn’s lobbed pass but Holmes put enough pressure on to ensure her weak shot was comfortably saved.
The Lady Black Cats pressed hard for a second from the restart though, Kelly McDougall shooting just wide from distance on 47 minutes.Rebekah Bass went even closer on the hour, Simkin tipping her rising 18-yard effort onto the underside of the bar, only for it to drop down onto the line and bounce clear.
Sunderland’s pressure finally paid off on 75 minutes though, Ramshaw turning in from close range when Simkin failed to gather a corner.
Yeovil substitute Emma Brazell was then dismissed for a second bookable offence on 86 minutes as Sunderland went top of the pile, thre points ahead of Doncaster Belles, who visit Millwall tomorrow.
Sunderland: Laws, Holmes, Sharp, Wilson, Greenwell, Kelly (Briggs 78), McDougall, Furness, Bass, Mead (McHugh 83), Ramshaw.
Subs not used: Alderson, Beer. Bookings none. Red cards: none
Yeovil Town: Simkin, Bleazard, Edwards, Haigh, Kirby, Stewart, Lorton-Raburn, Pearson (Bray 72), Curson, Tewkesbury (Brazell 72), Cook. Subs not used: Sherwood, Whitton, Cossens.
Bookings: Brazell 78. Red cards: Brazell 86
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