Georgia Gibson scored Sunderland’s only goal of the game

Birmingham ran out 3-1 winners as they welcomed Sunderland to Coleshill, as the Young Lady Black Cats fell to a third straight defeat.

The hosts took a three-goal lead. A brace from Heidi Logan, with goals in the 39th and 62nd minutes, was split by a 57th-minute strike from Shania Hayles,

Georgia Gibson found the net for Sunderland in the 83rd minute but it was too little, too late to rescue anything from the game.

Sunderland were down to bare bones, only able to name 12 players in the matchday squad with two of them goalkeepers.

Birmingham quickly got on the front foot. Hayles forced Sophy Stonehouse into an early save before Louise Griffiths saved her side with a goal-line clearance after Stonehouse and Olivia Watt gifted the ball to Hayles.

Griffiths was also on hand to cut out two dangerous Birmingham chances while covering for her defensive teammates.

Sunderland did go close with half an hour played, as Katie Barker set up Emily Hutchinson with a pass out to the left of the box. Hutchinson fired at shot at Fran Stenson’s near post but it hit the upright and went behind for a goal kick.

However, Birmingham replied to Sunderland’s chance by taking the lead with six minutes until halftime. Logan beat two defenders on the right before cutting inside and finding the net at the near post.

Sunderland had a chance to equalise two minutes into the second half. Gibson went one-on-one with Stenson after a great through ball from Barker. However, the Birmingham ‘keeper came out on top, saving the Sunderland captain’s effort.

Birmingham had a chance of their own two minutes later. Sophy Stonehouse made a great save at point blank range to keep out Laura Davies strike.

The Blues took full advantage of their next chance with 57 minutes on the clock. They caught the visitors with a counter attack, Hayles went through after turning Ellen Packham before finding the bottom corner.

And it was only five minutes until Birmingham added a third. Logan took advantage of a goalmouth scramble, poking the ball home to double her tall for the afternoon.

In the 74th minute, Sunderland looked to pull a goal back. Gibson put in a great cross from the right, finding Faye Mullen but the midfielder couldn’t quite find the target.

A brave move from Sunderland’s stand-in manager, Chris Wilson, paid off. Goalkeeper, and only substitute, Claudia Moan was brought on to play as a left winger for the final 20 minutes.

And with seven minutes to play, Moan chased down an over-hit cross from left to right. She recovered the ball before moving past a defender and finding Gibson. Gibson, who still had plenty to do, turned her marker and fired across the goal past Stenson to pull one back late on.

The Black Cats couldn’t pull it back though, with the hosts seeing out the remainder of the game.

BCFC: Stenson, Fallon, Cooke, Orthodoxou (McKensie 63’), Popple, Nicholls (Bruton 77’), Logan, Joice, Hayles (Kenny 68’), Davies, Weaver

SAFC: Stonehouse, Griffiths, Watt, Packham, Warren (Moan 68’), Guy, Mullen, Gibson ©, Hutchinson, Young, Barker