Durham Women came from behind to register a vital win at London City Lionesses.
A quick-fire brace from Beth Hepple saw the Wildcats claim all three points at Princes Park after Mollie Rouse had given the hosts the lead.
It was nothing less than Durham deserved after a much-improved second half display in the capital.
The visitors had actually begun the first-half brightly and came close early on through a Sarah Robson header that dropped just the wrong side of the post.
But with their first real chance of the game, London City took the lead – Rouse seeing her header sneak home after a fine cross from Lucy Fitzgerald.
That buoyed the hosts, who came close to doubling their advantage when Jamie-Lee Napier flashed a strike from 20 yards just wide of the upright.
But Durham were still fashioning some chances, with Liz Ejupi warming the palms of Shae Yanez with a powerful drive before she then turn provider after closing down a clearance – teeing up Rio Hardy whose effort was narrowly wide.
Hardy then again came close with a low drilled effort before Naoisha McAloon twice denied Atlanta Primus in quick succession as the half drew to a close.
Durham would be quick to admit the first half fell well below their expected standards – but the second did not.
Indeed, their renewed vigour was clear from the restart as they pressed London City relentlessly and committed numbers forward.
And they were rewarded with barely a minute on the clock, as Hepple’s corner swung in at the near post to draw the visitors level.
There wouldn’t be long to wait for a second either – Hepple seeing a free-kick slip through the hands of Yanez not five minutes later to complete a remarkable turnaround.
The margin of victory could have been greater, too. Kathryn Hill curled wide while Lauren Briggs and Ellie Christon both came close from range.
At the other end, it was mainly routine stops for Naoisha McAloon as Durham saw out the game – and a lengthy period of stoppage time – with minimal fuss.


London City Lionesses W v Durham W

Beth Hepple v London City Lionesses 46 mins 1-1
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Beth Hepple v London City Lionesses 50 mins 1-2
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Date Time League Season Full Time
February 6, 2022 12:00 pm Women's Championship 2021_2022 0'


Princes Park
Dartford, Kent, South East England, England, DA1 1RT, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
London City Lionesses W101Loss
Durham W022Win

Durham W

1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
2Kathryn Hill Defender
3Lauren Briggs Midfielder
4Mollie Lambert 15 Midfielder
5Sarah Wilson Defender
6Sarah Robson Midfielder 89'
7Beth Hepple Midfielder 46', 50'
10Rio Hardy 11 Forward
11Bridget Galloway 10 Forward
13Megan Borthwick Goalkeeper
15Dee Bradley 4 Defender
16Ellie Christon 14 Defender
17Emily Roberts 37 Forward
18Danielle Brown 24 Forward
21Hannah Greenwood Defender
24Abby Holmes 18 Defender
37Liz Ejupi 17 Forward
14Becky Salicki 16 Defender