A 95th minute equaliser saw Durham Women claim a deserved point at Lewes.
Grace Riglar’s header had given the Rooks the lead but the Blues kept battling and drew level in stoppage time when Eleanor Ryan-Doyle’s cross deflected home off Ellie Hack.
Durham made two changes from the side that faced Manchester City as Tatiana Saunders and Poppy Pritchard came into the starting line-up.
And stopper Saunders was called into action early on to deny Maria Farrugia after she left fly from range.
After that early chance, the visitors grew into the game and began to create the better of the chances – Sarah Wilson sending a swerving shot just wide of the far post before Sarah Robson headed over from a corner.
Farrugia then came close again as she headed wide at the back post while Saoirse Noonan saw an effort held by Sophie Whitehouse as the two teams exchanged chances.
But the best opening of the first half fell to Durham and Beth Hepple, whose free-kick from 22 yards had Whitehouse beaten before coming back off the woodwork.
That meant the first half ended goalless, but Lewes took the lead just ten minutes after the restart – Riglar heading home from Lois Heuchan’s dinked cross.
Durham retaliated and almost levelled immediately when Hepple struck the post after a period of pressure.
The midfielder then saw a dangerous cross spilled by Whitehouse and gathered at the second attempt as the Blues continued to pour forward in search of a leveller.
But just when it looked like that equaliser wouldn’t come – Durham struck.
After a slick passage of play, Hepple threaded in substitute Ryan-Doyle whose dangerous cross was diverted home by Hack – ensuring the visitors earned a deserved share of the spoils.
|January 21, 2024