Nikita Parris scored the only goal of the game as Manchester City beat Sunderland to claim their first win of the Women's Super League season.
Parris headed in from a corner on 17 minutes while Sarah Wiltshire and Toni Duggan went close to adding a second.
Alex Brooks, in for suspended keeper Karen Bardsley, denied Beth Mead, Brooke Chaplen and Sarah McFadden.
City's Natasha Harding hit the woodwork late on and Rachel Lawes tipped the follow-up effort onto the bar.
Defeat for newly promoted Sunderland, in their first first top-flight match at Hetton Park, came a week after beating defending champions Liverpool on their WSL 1 debut.
Parris's first-half effort for the visitors was the on-loan Everton striker's first Women's Super League goal for City. She also netted a brace on her debut in the fifth round of the FA Cup last month.
Sunderland: Laws; Holmes, Bannon, Sharp, V Williams; Furness, Chaplen, McFadden; Ramshaw, Mead, S Williams (Kelly 46).
Substitutes not used: Black, Greenwell, Gutteridge, McDougall, Wilson, Bass.
Bookings: Furness (45), Bannon (66), V Williams (68).
Manchester City: Brooks; McManus (Lipman 82), Nightingale, Radtke, Stokes; Christiansen, Scott, Beattie; Parris, Duggan (Johnston 71), Wiltshire (Harding 67).
Substitutes not used: Seasman.
Attendance: 1, 433.
Referee: Lucy May.
- 5BannonBooked at 63mins
- 21WilliamsBooked at 64mins
- 15RobsonBooked at 80mins
- 4FurnessBooked at 45mins
- 11WilliamsSubstituted forKellyat 45'minutesBooked at 47mins
Man City Women
- 23McManusSubstituted forLipmanat 82'minutes
- 9DugganSubstituted forJohnstonat 72'minutes
- 27WiltshireSubstituted forHardingat 60'minutes
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