Kelly header saves a point for Sunderland Ladies

Emma Kelly rescued a point for Sunderland Ladies.

Emma Kelly rescued a point for Sunderland Ladies.

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Emma Kelly rescued a point for Sunderland Ladies as they were held 1-1 by Notts County Ladies last night in their penultimate home game of the season.

Kelly headed home a first-half equaliser after Notts striker Rachel Williams had given the visitors the lead in the Women's Super League clash, while both sides hit the woodwork in the second period.

Sunderland winger Beverly Leon was thwarted by the feet of Notts goalkeeper Megan Walsh, before opposite number Hilde Gunn Olsen kept the home side on level terms with saves from Jess Clarke and Williams.

But Williams' fired Notts into a 33rd-minute lead at the Hetton Centre, turning sharply in the box before firing home into the bottom corner.

Olsen again came to Sunderland's rescue to deny Leanne Crichton before Beth Mead and Abby Joice combined well down the left for Kelly to level the scores with a glancing header.

Notts went close to regaining the lead in the 59th minute when Clarke's effort struck the post, and substitute Bridget Galloway almost snatched a late winner on her debut for Sunderland when her lob shaved the post.