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Women's Super League One: Doncaster Rovers Belles v Sunderland Ladies

Kelly McDougall
Kelly McDougall (left) celebrates scoring Sunderland Ladies' third goal against Doncaster Rovers Belles

Sunderland Ladies moved nine points clear of WSL 1's bottom side with victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles, who remain without a point.

Maz Pacheco tapped in her first Belles goal to make it 1-0, but the visitors levelled when Victoria Williams' shot went under goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs.

Abbey Holmes put Sunderland ahead before Kelly McDougall's volley made it three, after Hobbs saved a penalty.

Beth Mead then provided for Maddie Hill to smash home and round off the win.

Doncaster Rovers Belles boss Emma Coates:

"That was the story of our season, the results make it look like we're not improving as a group but mistakes cost you at this level and we're just making too many of them.

"The preparation throughout the week has been fantastic, the focus is there and the vibe in the changing room was great.

"We controlled the game for half an hour and I would never have said we'd lose 4-1 at that point."

"It shows how big mistakes are and how much they cost you but we have to keep working, we know we've got to start putting the ball in the back of the net."

Sunderland forward Beth Mead:

"We showed glimpses of Sunderland from last year. We worked hard, we worked for each other and showed plenty of character to get the win.

"A lot of people have spoke about second-season syndrome but that's a game we've deserved for a long time and now we have to kick on and have a good end to the season.

"It's nice to have that team back and hopefully we can take that to Notts County and win again."

Line-ups

Doncaster Rovers Belles

  • 1Hobbs
  • 18Barker
  • 5Roberts
  • 4Little
  • 2Pacheco
  • 3Tierney
  • 17SimpkinsSubstituted forRaynorat 59'minutes
  • 6Lipka
  • 20Humphrey
  • 7OmarsdottirSubstituted forBakowska-Mathewsat 77'minutes
  • 10MurraySubstituted forCresswellat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Raynor
  • 13Moorhouse
  • 14O'Donnell
  • 15Newborough
  • 21Bakowska-Mathews
  • 23Cresswell

Sunderland Ladies

  • 1Laws
  • 21Williams
  • 5Bannon
  • 14Sharp
  • 2Holmes
  • 8McDougall
  • 37Staniforth
  • 7RamshawSubstituted forKellyat 87'minutes
  • 10RocheSubstituted forHillat 79'minutes
  • 17JoiceSubstituted forBrownat 72'minutes
  • 9Mead

Substitutes

  • 24Gunn Olsen
  • 25Kelly
  • 26Potts
  • 28Hill
  • 29Brown
  • 30Leon
  • 32Beer
Referee:
Ricky Wootton
Attendance:
634

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncaster Rovers BellesAway TeamSunderland Ladies
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away20
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1, Sunderland Ladies 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1, Sunderland Ladies 4.

Foul by Sophie Barker (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Emma Kelly (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rachael Laws.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Conceded by Steph Bannon.

Attempt blocked. Rebecca Raynor (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carla Humphrey.

Carla Humphrey (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies).

Attempt missed. Mayumi Pacheco (Doncaster Rovers Belles) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Leandra Little with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Emma Kelly replaces Keira Ramshaw.

Attempt missed. Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Lauren Cresswell replaces Christie Murray.

Attempt missed. Kasia Lipka (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christie Murray.

Attempt saved. Keira Ramshaw (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Kelly McDougall (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danielle Brown.

Attempt blocked. Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Abby Holmes.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers Belles 1, Sunderland Ladies 4. Madelaine Hill (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Rebecca Raynor (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Steph Bannon (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Madelaine Hill replaces Stephanie Roche.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Martha Bakowska-Mathews replaces Katrin Omarsdottir.

Rebecca Raynor (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland Ladies).

Attempt saved. Carla Humphrey (Doncaster Rovers Belles) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samantha Tierney.

Attempt missed. Samantha Tierney (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Carla Humphrey.

Attempt blocked. Stephanie Roche (Sunderland Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Victoria Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Danielle Brown replaces Abbey Joice.

Attempt blocked. Kasia Lipka (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Stephanie Roche (Sunderland Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers Belles 1, Sunderland Ladies 3. Kelly McDougall (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland Ladies. Conceded by Kasia Lipka.

Attempt blocked. Keira Ramshaw (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Penalty saved! Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Sophie Barker (Doncaster Rovers Belles) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Foul by Rebecca Raynor (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

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

Corner, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Conceded by Victoria Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Rebecca Raynor replaces Emily Simpkins.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women1311203232935
2Chelsea Women1291233122128
3Arsenal Women1272321101123
4Liverpool Women136432015522
5B'ham City Women13553810-220
6Notts County Ladies122371020-109
7Sunderland Ladies132381431-179
8Reading Women12066918-96
9Doncaster Rovers Belles100010432-280
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