Durham Women returned to winning ways in the Barclays Women’s Championship after victory over Blackburn Rovers.
Saoirse Noonan’s first half brace was enough for the hosts to claim a first league win in four attempts.
Tyler Toland’s well-taken finish just before the break made the game a nervier affair, but Durham saw it out with minimal fuss.
The two sides met only a week and a half ago with the Blues victorious in the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup.
And it was Durham who struck first in this game – Noonan sending a header home from close range after Blackburn failed to clear a corner.
It took just six minutes for the striker to double her tally too, as the Irish international curled home from 20 yards after a quickly-taken free-kick.
Blackburn reduced the deficit before the break though, as they countered quickly before Toland dinked a fine finish over Saunders and in.
That didn’t deter Durham though, who started the second half as the brighter of the two sides.
Visiting stopper Alex Brooks twice did well to deny Amy Andrews before Sarah Wilson – making her 200th appearance for the club – saw a header hacked off the line.
Jess Clarke was then denied by Brooks while Eleanor Ryan-Doyle and Mollie Lambert sent efforts over.
Lucy Shepherd came closest for Blackburn, heading wide at the back stick after a deep free-kick, but there was to be no late drama as Durham saw out a vital victory.



Date Time League Season Full Time
October 22, 2023 12:00 pm BWC 2023_24 90'


Maiden Castle, Durham
City of Durham, County Durham, North East England, England, DH1 3SE, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Durham W202Win
Blackburn W101Loss

Durham W

1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
3Lauren Briggs Midfielder
5Sarah Wilson Defender 89'
6Sarah Robson Midfielder
8Mollie Lambert Midfielder 70'
9Amy Andrews 17 Forward
14Becky Salicki Defender
15Dee Bradley Defender
17Poppy Pritchard 9 Forward
18Grace Ayre 22 Defender
19Ella Wilson Defender
20Saoirse Noonan Forward 23', 29'
21Erin Nicholson Midfielder
22Eleanor Ryan-Doyle 18 Forward
23Jess Clarke 24 Midfielder
24Abby Holmes 23 Defender
30Tatiana Saunders Goalkeeper 80'