Sunderland v City Ladies: Report
- 07 January 2013 16:19
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by Jordan Kenny
A serious injury to City keeper Dani Brown forced the match to be abandoned with just six minutes remaining with the Blues leading 0-1 against league champions Sunderland.
A decision on whether the result will stand is pending.
Sunderland had the better of the early exchanges the excellent Dani Brown called into action twice; thwarting the Black Cat’s Kiera Ramshaw’s twice in quick succession.
City's opportunities were limited but when they threatened they caused Sunderland problems. In the 28th minute a Danni Young pass into Lynda Shepherd saw the midfielder take a smart first touch before threading the ball inside the Sunderland fullback for Middleton who had the opportunity to shoot but saw a better pass to Johnston at the far post who turned the ball home to give the Blues the lead against the run of play.
City stood strong against the Sunderland aerial bombardment which followed with defender Chelsea Nightingale putting her body on the line on two separate occasions.
The Blues nearly doubled their lead when a swift attack on the break saw Amanda Goodwin hit a dipping shot which rattled the crossbar on 60 minutes. The resulting scramble from the rebound saw a blocked shot from Lindsay Savage with Sunderland eventually clearing.
The game became frantic with Sunderland pressing for the equaliser to keep their 12 month unbeaten run intact. Corners were defended superbly by City with keeper Brown and defenders Nightingale and McManus in inspired form.
However in the 84th a nasty collision between Dani Brown and Sunderland’s Holt forced the match to be abandoned following the severity of the injury to the City stopper’s knee.
Leigh Wood said after the game:
"A good team performance today, we knew that it would be a tough game against the league champions and leaders, every player stood up and was counted today. Everyone can be proud of their performance.
Our best wishes are with Dani and we hope she has a speedy recovery, we don't know the extent of her injury and we hope to know more in the next few days. It's unfortunate that we have not got the three points we came for but we continue to show we are more than a match for teams at this level."
Injury Update. No broken bones, however Dani is awaiting a scan next week to assess the full extent of the injury.