MATCH REPORT: Birmingham City Ladies 2-0 Sunderland

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Birmingham City Ladies moved up to third in the Women’s Super League with a 2-0 win over Sunderland at Damson Park.

The Blues avenged their 3-0 defeat to the Lady Black Cats, back in January, thanks to goals from Ellen White and Rachel Williams.

Marc Skinner’s side started slowly and uncharacteristically gave away possession with stray passes early on.

Sunderland looked to take advantage with Lucy Staniforth forcing Ann-Katrin Berger to tip her 30-yard effort over the bar.

But it was the Blues that scored the opening goal, somewhat against the run of play.

Rachel Williams’ deft chested pass played in White who outpaced the left back, Ellie Stewart, before finishing curling the ball past Rachael Laws.

The goal brought with it a resurgence in Birmingham’s confidence and they extended their lead four minutes later.

White turned provider as she controlled the ball expertly down the left before firing it across the edge of the box to Rachel Williams who fired home.

Sunderland looked to close the deficit but Staniforth was denied by a fine block by midfielder Hayley Ladd.

Blues returned after the break looking for more goals with both White and Paige Williams causing problems from set-pieces.

Sunderland showed glimpses of getting themselves back into the game late on thanks to Mollie Lambert.

Her effort beat Berger from 10 yards but cannoned off of the upright before Jess Carter cleared the ball to safety.

But Blues hung on to their two-goal lead and secured their fourth consecutive clean-sheet.

Birmingham now have a two week break before they travel to face Yeovil Town on April 18.

Blues: Berger, Carter, Westwood (c), Mannion, P Williams, Ewers, Ladd, Wellings, R Williams, Quinn, White

SUBS: Stringer (64), Follis (71), Harrop (87), Hampton, Mayling, Cusack, Ayisi

Sunderland: Laws, Pitman, Sharp, Stewart, Wyne, Joice, Bruinenberg, Lipka, Ramshaw, Lambert, Staniforth

SUBS: Griffiths (68), Sjoman (69), Young (79), Gibson, Preuss, Koren

Attendance: 540

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