Women's Premier League: Leaders Sunderland held to draw

By Tony LeightonWomen's football correspondent

Women's Premier League leaders Sunderland had to settle for a point as third-placed Coventry City forced a 2-2 draw with a stoppage-time equaliser.

Second-in-the-table Leeds United needed a goal in added time to hold relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest to a 1-1 stalemate.

And Charlton Athletic levelled just two minutes from time at Aston Villa to make it 1-1.

Reading and Cardiff City both recorded 1-0 wins.

The Royals defeated Barnet, while the Bluebirds beat bottom-of-the-table Watford.

Sunderland 2-2 Coventry City

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk grabbed the equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time as Coventry wiped out a two-goal deficit.

Sophie Williams volleyed in a Beth Mead cross for Sunderland's sixth-minute opener, then Mead forced home the second from Kelly McDougall's 49th-minute free-kick.

A comfortable victory looked on the cards for the Black Cats but the Sky Blues pulled a goal back through Camilla Durrant's close-range 54th-minute shot.

And, as the home side went all out for a killer goal, they were caught on the break for Sweetman-Kirk to race clear and net the equaliser.

Leeds United 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Forest dropped into the relegation zone after taking only a point from a game in which they had plenty of chances to secure victory.

In the first half Andi Bell had one goal attempt brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Jules Draycott but, from her second good chance, the Forest striker shot wide.

The visitors eventually went ahead 16 minutes into the second half, Aileen Whelan shooting home on her debut from Natasha Mead's free-kick.

Ten minutes later Whelan hit the crossbar - and Leeds made the most of that let-off as Millie Bright levelled the scores from a Leah Galton cross deep into added time.

Aston Villa 1-1 Charlton Athletic

There was more late drama at Villa, who took the lead through Emma Follis when she guided an 11th-minute lob over goalkeeper Megen Lynch.

Charlton dominated the second half but had to wait until late for Cori Daniels to head the equaliser from Emma Beckett's cross.

But, with only seconds remaining, the Addicks almost snatched victory as Beckett drove in a shot that was spectacularly saved by keeper Megan Walsh.

Cardiff City 1-0 Watford

Cardiff climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of Forest thanks to a late goal by Stephanie Williams.

The Bluebirds had gone close in the first half when on-loan Everton striker Gwennan Harries hit the post.

But Williams made no mistake when she converted a 75th-minute free-kick by Nicola Cousins to hand Watford their 10th defeat in 11 matches.

Reading 1-0 Barnet

A first-minute goal by Nicola Watts was enough to give Reading a win that took them level on points with fourth in the table Barnet.

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