Sunderland draw at Hibs

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SUNDERLAND Ladies registered their second clean sheet in three Sundays but they could not find the net at Hibernian.

After scoring 14 goals in the last two matches, the Lady Black Cats were not short of confidence for their trip to Broxburn.

However, they could not get the better of an energetic and very committed Hibs side.

Sunderland started with new signing Suzanne Mulvey down the right and she made an early impression, crossing for Natalie Gutteridge to find Emma Kelly but the midfielder’s shot was well wide.

Sophie Williams warmed keeper Hannah Reid’s gloves with a strong left-foot shot in the 10th minute, but Hibs had the better of the majority of the half.

The young home side forced six corners but Rachael Laws was not really extended between the away sticks.

Sunderland were a much better proposition in the second half.

Head coach Carlton Fairweather moved Mulvey through the middle and she had the first opportunity but could not get any power on her shot as sub keeper Jenna Fife got down well.

Good play by sub Keira Ramshaw set up Mulvey on 55 minutes but the Scottish striker scuffed her shot.

Hibs looked a danger throughout and Lizzie Arnot flashed a shot wide of Laws’ left-hand post a minute later.

Sarah McFadden tested Fife from a Sophie Williams corner, the keeper saving well to her left.

Sophie soon found the head of namesake Tori Williams from the next corner but the new signing failed to make a clean connection.

Arnot fired over when she had a sight of goal and then combined neatly with Katey Turner whose shot was held comfortably by Laws.

Sunderland sent on subs Gemma Wilson and Rebekah Bass and both saw plenty of ball down the flanks.

But despite enjoying a lot of possession, the Lady Black Cats could not translate pressure into chances and it finished goalless.

Sunderland: Laws, Holmes (Wilson 66), Bannon, Sharp, Greenwell (46), T Williams, McFadden, Kelly, Mulvey, Gutteridge, S Williams (Bass 66).