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Women's Super League One: Reading Women 1-1 Sunderland Ladies

Helen Ward (right)
Wales' Helen Ward scored her second goal in five league appearances this season

Reading Women fought back to earn a draw with Sunderland that leaves both sides still waiting for a first win in Women's Super League One this season.

Sunderland led when Beth Mead tapped home the rebound after her penalty - given after she was fouled by Molly Bartrip - was saved by Mary Earps.

Helen Ward levelled with a second-half penalty after Stephanie Bannon was sent off for handling Shelly Cox's volley.

Both sides move three points clear of ninth-placed Doncaster Rovers Belles.

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Reading forward Emma Follis: "We are disappointed again, we've come away wanting more and it's just not good enough.

"We need to take chances, especially if they've gone down to 10. We're just missing that last little thing which is so annoying but we've got to take the positives.

"We've got another point on the board. We're still looking for that win but it's just really disappointing. I feel like we've showed we can compete in WSL 1."

Sunderland striker Beth Mead: "It's nice to come away with a point away from home.

"We've gone down to 10 and our team has showed a lot of character and courage to stay in the game, stay involved and try and make chances still.

"I think we managed the game well after the red card. We frustrated them. We were hoping to get something on the break but unfortunately it didn't happen

"My penalty probably was not the best I've ever taken. I just had to stay composed to get it back over the line and it helped the team to get a point, so that was good."

Line-ups

Reading Women

  • 19Earps
  • 2Jane
  • 6McGee
  • 5Bartrip
  • 16CoxSubstituted forFletcherat 87'minutes
  • 4Hines
  • 23Rowe
  • 7Follis
  • 9BrutonSubstituted forMay-Walkleyat 65'minutes
  • 15Stobbs
  • 18Ward

Substitutes

  • 1Moloney
  • 3Scott
  • 14May-Walkley
  • 17Estcourt
  • 20Fletcher
  • 22Jones
  • 29Cunningham

Sunderland Ladies

  • 1Laws
  • 2Holmes
  • 5Bannon
  • 21WilliamsSubstituted forPottsat 50'minutes
  • 32BeerBooked at 73mins
  • 7Ramshaw
  • 37Staniforth
  • 4FurnessSubstituted forJoiceat 66'minutes
  • 19Chaplen
  • 10Roche
  • 9Mead

Substitutes

  • 8McDougall
  • 17Joice
  • 20Kelly
  • 25Potts
  • 28Hill
Referee:
Josh Smith
Attendance:
685

Match Stats

Home TeamReading WomenAway TeamSunderland Ladies
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Reading Ladies 1, Sunderland Ladies 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading Ladies 1, Sunderland Ladies 1.

Attempt missed. Kayleigh Hines (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Stephanie Roche.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Melissa Fletcher replaces Shelly Cox.

Foul by Rebecca Jane (Reading Ladies).

Abby Holmes (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Sunderland Ladies. Conceded by Molly Bartrip.

Foul by Kayleigh Hines (Reading Ladies).

Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Reading Ladies 1, Sunderland Ladies 1. Helen Ward (Reading Ladies) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Dismissal

Megan Beer (Sunderland Ladies) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by Megan Beer (Sunderland Ladies) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Kayleigh Hines (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Brooke Chaplen.

Attempt blocked. Kayleigh Hines (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Charlotte Potts.

Shelly Cox (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies).

Attempt missed. Helen Ward (Reading Ladies) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Stephanie Roche.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Abbey Joice replaces Rachel Furness.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading Ladies. Laura May-Walkley replaces Lauren Bruton.

Attempt missed. Kayleigh Hines (Reading Ladies) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Steph Bannon.

Corner, Sunderland Ladies. Conceded by Molly Bartrip.

Foul by Molly Bartrip (Reading Ladies).

Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Helen Ward (Reading Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Rachael Laws.

Attempt saved. Kayleigh Hines (Reading Ladies) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Charlotte Potts.

Kayleigh Hines (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies).

Corner, Reading Ladies. Conceded by Charlotte Potts.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Charlotte Potts replaces Victoria Williams because of an injury.

Kayleigh Hines (Reading Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachel Furness (Sunderland Ladies).

Second Half

Second Half begins Reading Ladies 0, Sunderland Ladies 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Reading Ladies 0, Sunderland Ladies 1.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 2nd May 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women55001301315
2Chelsea Ladies33008269
3Arsenal Women521256-17
4Notts County Ladies31115504
5Liverpool Ladies411267-14
6B'ham City Ladies411224-24
7Sunderland Ladies403146-23
8Reading Women503269-33
9Doncaster Rovers Belles3003212-100
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