Durham Women fell to a narrow defeat in the first River Wear Derby of the season.
Katie Kitching’s free-kick in first half stoppage time sealed victory for the visitors in a cagey game with few clear-cut chances.
Sunderland, who entered the game unbeaten, had the first real chance of the game when Natasha Fenton saw her header hacked away by Eleanor Ryan-Doyle.
Durham grew into the affair and Claudia Moan did well to deny Saoirse Noonan as she tried to loft a strike over the stopper’s head.
The visiting ‘keeper then made an even finer save as she clawed away Poppy Pritchard’s goal-bound header after Grace Ayre’s tempting cross.
Liz Ejupi then sent a powerful drive narrowly wide of the far post before Kitching struck late on in the half – curling home a free-kick at the near post. vThe Black Cats carried that momentum into the second half with Ejupi and Kitching both coming close in the opening moments of the half.
Tatiana Saunders was then forced into action to deny Jenna Dear as Durham dug in, before starting to create chances of their own.
Lily Crosthwaite was thwarted by Moan after a mazy run and fellow substitute Jess Clarke was denied in injury time – as Sunderland saw out the game.



Date Time League Season Full Time
November 5, 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 W000Loss
Sunderland W011Win

Durham W

1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
3Lauren Briggs Midfielder 80'
5Sarah Wilson Defender
6Sarah Robson Midfielder
7Beth Hepple 22 Midfielder
8Mollie Lambert Midfielder
9Amy Andrews 17 Forward
12Lily Crosthwaite 14 Forward
14Becky Salicki 12 Defender
15Dee Bradley Defender 66'
17Poppy Pritchard 9 Forward
18Grace Ayre Defender
19Ella Wilson Defender
20Saoirse Noonan 23 Forward
21Erin Nicholson Midfielder
22Eleanor Ryan-Doyle 7 Forward
23Jess Clarke 20 Midfielder
24Abby Holmes Defender
30Tatiana Saunders Goalkeeper