Women's Super League 1
Sunderland Ladies1Bristol City Women0

Sunderland Ladies 1-0 Bristol City Women

Lucy Staniforth
Lucy Staniforth's winner capped an impressive individual display

Sunderland Ladies overcame Bristol City Women to remain unbeaten from three Spring Series games so far thanks to their first league goal of 2017.

Lucy Staniforth's penalty with 14 minutes remaining settled a close top-flight game at The Hetton Centre.

Staniforth had earlier been denied by Caitlin Leach's low save before hitting the bar from a direct free-kick.

The Vixen's Leach also saved from Abbey Joice, before Jodie Brett and Claire Emslie went close at the other end.

But centre-back Hayley Ladd's challenge on Joice in the area left Staniforth to win the game and move the Lady Black Cats to third in the table after three games - and three league clean sheets - this term.

Bristol City - who were promoted to Women's Super League One as WSL 2 runners-up last year - drop to fourth.

Line-ups

Sunderland Ladies

  • 31Preuss
  • 14Sharp
  • 5Bannon
  • 21Williams
  • 2Holmes
  • 20Bruinenberg
  • 37Staniforth
  • 28HillSubstituted forLambertat 62'minutes
  • 10Roche
  • 17Joice
  • 7RamshawSubstituted forLeonat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Gibson
  • 11Watt
  • 16Lambert
  • 27Stonehouse
  • 30Leon

Bristol City Women

  • 1Leach
  • 23EvansSubstituted forWilsonat 72'minutes
  • 18Brown
  • 8Ladd
  • 3AlexanderSubstituted forSawyerat 90+1'minutes
  • 21Turner
  • 14Brett
  • 7Arthur
  • 11Emslie
  • 26Wilson
  • 28WoodhamSubstituted forAllenat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Allen
  • 13Watson
  • 15Sawyer
  • 19Wilson
  • 25Jones
Referee:
Helen Conley
Attendance:
277

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderland LadiesAway TeamBristol City Women
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland Ladies 1, Bristol City WFC 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland Ladies 1, Bristol City WFC 0.

Attempt saved. Stephanie Roche (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Millie Turner (Bristol City WFC).

Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jodie Brett (Bristol City WFC).

Victoria Williams (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abby Holmes (Sunderland Ladies).

Jodie Brett (Bristol City WFC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City WFC. Paige Sawyer replaces Megan Alexander.

Corner, Sunderland Ladies. Conceded by Megan Alexander.

Offside, Sunderland Ladies. Steph Bannon tries a through ball, but Abbey Joice is caught offside.

Foul by Hailey Ladd (Bristol City WFC).

Beverly Leon (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies) because of an injury.

Delay in match Caitlin Leach (Bristol City WFC) because of an injury.

Chloe Arthur (Bristol City WFC) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Victoria Williams (Sunderland Ladies).

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland Ladies 1, Bristol City WFC 0. Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Hailey Ladd (Bristol City WFC) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Sunderland Ladies. Abbey Joice draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City WFC. Ellie Wilson replaces Giorgia Evans.

Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Millie Turner (Bristol City WFC).

Attempt missed. Abby Holmes (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Beverly Leon.

Attempt saved. Beverly Leon (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dominique Bruinenberg.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Chloe Arthur (Bristol City WFC) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Claire Emslie (Bristol City WFC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Abby Holmes (Sunderland Ladies) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominique Bruinenberg.

Attempt saved. Chloe Arthur (Bristol City WFC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Claire Emslie.

Attempt missed. Beverly Leon (Sunderland Ladies) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City WFC. Flo Allen replaces Lily Woodham.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Mollie Lambert replaces Madelaine Hill.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Beverly Leon replaces Keira Ramshaw.

Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chloe Arthur (Bristol City WFC).

Offside, Sunderland Ladies. Lucy Staniforth tries a through ball, but Abby Holmes is caught offside.

Abby Holmes (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool Ladies321012757
2Chelsea Ladies2200100106
3Sunderland Ladies31201015
4Bristol City Women310246-23
5Reading Women310259-43
6Arsenal Ladies20204402
7Birmingham City Ladies20201102
8Manchester City Women10101101
9Yeovil Town Ladies3003313-100
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