Durham Women were on the end of a late turnaround as they fell to defeat against Sunderland.
Goals from Sarah Wilson and Rio Hardy looked to have handed the Wildcats victory, but two goals in the final ten minutes turned the game on its head.
After a scrappy start, it was Durham who threatened first when Saoirse Noonan saw a header clawed out of the corner of her goal by Claudia Moan.
But the visitors wouldn’t have to wait too long to take the lead as Wilson rose highest to thump home a header from the resultant corner.
Emily Scarr almost brought Sunderland level as she fired wide from the edge of the box, before Noonan almost doubled Durham’s advantage after breaking through on goal, but prodded narrowly wide.
And despite Durham dominating the ball, Sunderland would level before the break as Liz Ejupi’s powerful effort found the bottom corner.
Beth Hepple fired over before the interval as the two sides went into the break level – and the start to the second period mirrored that of the first, with few chances and plenty of transitional play.
That was until the hour mark when Durham were handed the chance to retake the lead after Mollie Lambert was felled in the box.
Rio Hardy duly dispatched, beginning a period of sustained pressure from the visitors that could have yielded further goals.
Hepple and Lambert both came close to adding a third, while Naoisha McAloon had to remain alert to keep out Ejupi at the other end.
And while the Wildcats continued to dictate the play, a set piece would prove their undoing as they entered the final ten minutes – Abby Holmes turning home after a scramble from a corner.
Wilson almost added a spectacular second to put Durham back in front moments later, but saw her volley tipped over by the fingertips of Moan.
But within minutes, Sunderland were ahead as substitute Katy Watson latched onto a clearance and finished calmly past McAloon.
Durham pushed forward late on but failed to seriously trouble Moan as Sunderland held on to claim victory.


Sunderland W vs Durham W

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Date Time League Season Full Time
January 15, 2023 11:30 am BWC 2022_2023 90'


Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground
Welfare Road, Peat Carr Estate, Hetton, Hetton-le-Hole, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, North East England, England, DH5 9LZ, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Sunderland W123Win
Durham W112Loss

Durham W

1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
2Georgia Robert Defender
3Lauren Briggs Midfielder
4Mollie Lambert 8 Midfielder
5Sarah Wilson Defender 15'
6Sarah Robson Midfielder
7Beth Hepple Midfielder
8Maria Farrugia 4 Forward
10Rio Hardy 23 Forward 61'
11Bridget Galloway Forward
12Lily Crosthwaite Forward
13Megan Borthwick Goalkeeper
14Becky Salicki 16 Defender
15Dee Bradley Defender 50'
16Ellie Christon 14 Defender
17Hannah Greenwood Defender
18Grace Ayre Defender
20Saoirse Noonan Forward
23Jess Clarke 10 Midfielder