Women's Super League 1
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Women's Super League One: Birmingham City Ladies 1-0 Sunderland Ladies

Charlie Wellings
Charlie Wellings scored her first goal in WSL against Sunderland

Charlie Wellings' dramatic goal gave Birmingham City Ladies a victory over Sunderland Ladies that lifted them into fourth in Women's Super League One.

Mel Lawley's late cross was parried by keeper Rachael Laws into the path of Wellings and she finished.

Birmingham went close to taking the lead within seven minutes as Chloe Peplow fired over after finding space on the edge of the box.

Sunderland defended well but were unable to keep the hosts out.

The Lady Black Cats remain in seventh on six points, having won just once this season.

Birmingham City Ladies manager David Parker:

"I'm not really relieved, it's more a feeling of satisfaction and justification because we fully deserved the result and now we can put Arsenal and Chelsea under high pressure.

"I said to the girls before the game that if we have aspirations to get into the Champions League, no disrespect to Sunderland, but we need to be winning these games.

"We were able to get to the ball into the final third all throughout the game today and for some reason we struggled to make that final ball count and it looked like it we wouldn't be able to make the breakthrough.

"But full credit to the girls, they absolutely deserved it. And I'm absolutely delighted for Charlie because her persistence today has paid dividends."

Sunderland Ladies manager Carlton Fairweather:

"Massively frustrating in the manner of the defeat, especially how cheaply we've given the goal away in the last few minutes because the girls, by and large, defended heroically.

"Birmingham are a good side and although they had a lot of the ball they didn't really cause us any major issues throughout, it's something that we'll hopefully learn from.

"Games are coming thick and fast now and we need to make sure we can defend well and see the job through to the final minutes.

"On balance it was really one piece of individual play that has caused us to come unstuck today, with Mel Lawley's cross."

Line-ups

B'ham City Ladies

  • 30Berger
  • 2Windell
  • 25Mannion
  • 6Harrop
  • 16PeplowSubstituted forLindenat 45'minutes
  • 12Stringer
  • 11Hegerberg
  • 4Carter
  • 7AyisiSubstituted forEwersat 90'minutes
  • 14Lawley
  • 15Wellings

Substitutes

  • 1Baggaley
  • 9Linnett
  • 10Linden
  • 13Ewers
  • 18Schofield
  • 24Johnson

Sunderland Ladies

  • 1Laws
  • 5Bannon
  • 14Sharp
  • 21Williams
  • 46Brown
  • 37StaniforthSubstituted forRamshawat 77'minutes
  • 4FurnessSubstituted forPottsat 72'minutes
  • 2HolmesSubstituted forBeerat 82'minutes
  • 19Chaplen
  • 9Mead
  • 28Hill

Substitutes

  • 7Ramshaw
  • 8McDougall
  • 10Roche
  • 18Beer
  • 20Kelly
  • 24Gunn Olsen
  • 36Potts
Referee:
Neil Pratt
Attendance:
1,014

Match Stats

Home TeamB'ham City LadiesAway TeamSunderland Ladies
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City Ladies 1, Sunderland Ladies 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City Ladies 1, Sunderland Ladies 0.

Corner, Birmingham City Ladies. Conceded by Steph Bannon.

Foul by Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Birmingham City Ladies).

Megan Beer (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Isabelle Linden (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steph Bannon (Sunderland Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Marisa Ewers replaces Freda Ayisi.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City Ladies 1, Sunderland Ladies 0. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner.

Foul by Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies).

Danielle Brown (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Isabelle Linden (Birmingham City Ladies) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Windell with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Freda Ayisi (Birmingham City Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Windell.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Megan Beer replaces Abby Holmes.

Corner, Birmingham City Ladies. Conceded by Hayley Sharp.

Hand ball by Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Keira Ramshaw replaces Lucy Staniforth.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Charlotte Potts replaces Rachel Furness.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rachel Furness (Sunderland Ladies) because of an injury.

Foul by Alex Windell (Birmingham City Ladies).

Madelaine Hill (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danielle Brown.

Attempt blocked. Isabelle Linden (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Freda Ayisi.

Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rachael Laws (Sunderland Ladies) because of an injury.

Isabelle Linden (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Abby Holmes (Sunderland Ladies).

Corner, Birmingham City Ladies. Conceded by Beth Mead.

Corner, Birmingham City Ladies. Conceded by Abby Holmes.

Attempt blocked. Melissa Lawley (Birmingham City Ladies) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jessica Carter with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rachel Furness (Sunderland Ladies) because of an injury.

Foul by Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Birmingham City Ladies).

Rachel Furness (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rachael Laws (Sunderland Ladies) because of an injury.

Foul by Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City Ladies).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women86201611520
2Chelsea Ladies961223111219
3Arsenal Women9522148617
4B'ham City Ladies1044265116
5Liverpool Ladies103431614213
6Notts County Ladies8224710-38
7Sunderland Ladies101361023-136
8Reading Women7043611-54
9Doncaster Rovers Belles5005318-150
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