WSL 1: Sunderland Ladies 2-2 Liverpool Ladies

Kelly McDougall (l)
Kelly McDougall (l) celebrates her first goal of the season after equalising against Liverpool Ladies

Kelly McDougall scored a late equaliser against Liverpool at Hetton-le-Hole to help move Sunderland a point clear at the top of the Women's Super League.

Beth Mead opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Liverpool's Becky Easton fouled the striker in the area.

Natasha Dowie responded before the break, lobbing goalkeeper Hilde Gunn Olsen from 30 yards.

Rosie White beat Olsen one-on-one to put the Reds ahead on 68 minutes, only for McDougall to rescue a point.

In a flurry of injury-time chances Lucy Staniforth hit the post with a free-kick for Liverpool and Katrin Omarsdottir missed an open goal on the rebound, while White and Mead also had opportunities to win it.

The victory sees the Lady Black Cats move a point clear of Arsenal at the top of the table, but the result means both the Gunners and third-placed Chelsea can go above Sunderland with wins on Sunday.

A point leaves Liverpool sixth in the table and five points above the relegation spot with four games remaining.

Sunderland Ladies: Olsen, Holmes, Bannon, Williams, Greenwell, Ramshaw (Kelly 72), Furness, McDougall, Chaplen, Roche (Joice 64), Mead.

Substitutes: Laws, Wilson, McFadden.

Liverpool Ladies: Stout, Harris, Bonner, Easton, Pacheco (Schroder 73), Omarsdottir, Staniforth, Hodson (Smorsgard 62), Longhurst, White, Dowie.

Substitutes: Darbyshire, Ryland, Dale, Zelem, Green.

Attendance: 1,008

Referee: Graeme Fyvie

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sunderland Ladies106132215719
2Arsenal Women9531137618
3Chelsea Women9522149517
4Man City Women842295414
5Notts County Ladies104241613314
6Liverpool Ladies93151112-110
7B'ham City Ladies913528-66
8Bristol City Women10127725-185
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