Sheffield University 2nds scored two goals in quick succession, as Sunderland’s women’s Football 1st team suffer a 2-0 defeat to start their BUCS season.

Despite Sunderland having the majority of the chances, Sheffield found a breakthrough in the 77th minute, before doubling the advantage only two minutes later and confirming all three points.

Sunderland got off to the better start, going close a number of the first half.

With 20 minutes played, Katie Ellison had a shot saved. She fired a shot on the turn from the edge of the box but the ‘keeper turned the ball behind for a corner.

Six minutes later Leigh Aspden dispossessed the Sheffield left back high up the field. However, Aspden’s shot was at a good height for the ‘keeper, who pushed the shot around the post for a corner.

The resulting corner from Connie Panayi found the head of Amy Woods, with Wood’s diving effort hitting the post and deflected behind for another corner.

The same combination almost worked, with Panayi finding Woods, however this time Woods’ looping header was cleared off the line.

On the half hour mark, Ellison went close once again, getting on the end of a through ball before shooting from the edge of the box but the shot didn’t curl enough to find the target.

The referee brought the half to a close, with the game still at 0-0.

Seven minutes after the restart, Woods went through on goal, attempting to take the ball around the onrushing ‘keeper. However, the forward was tackled by a covering Sheffield defender and the danger was cleared.

Ellison went close only one minute later. She capitalised on confusion between the two Sheffield centre-backs, stealing the ball and shooting only for the shot to go straight at the ‘keeper, who parried the shot and Ellison hit the rebound wide.

Sunderland had their third shot in three minutes, with Emily Neal trying her look from range, however the shot was saved just under the bar.

With 20 minutes remaining, Neal hit the post. She hit the shot with her right foot, however, the ball was moving away from goal, forcing the shot to stay narrowly wide of the net.

With 77 minutes on the clock, Sheffield took the lead with their first real chance of the game. Georgia-Mich Mouzakiti did well to stop the first opportunity, sliding in to challenge the striker.

However, the rebound was tapped into the empty net to see Sheffield take an unexpected 1-0 lead.

The visitors doubled their lead in unusual circumstances two minutes later. A cross from deep on Sheffield’s left was allowed to bounce in the box, with the strong wind at Silksworth wind carrying the ball over the head of Mouzakiti and into the net.

Sheffield held onto their two goal advantage until the final whistle, traveling back to Yorkshire with all three points.

Sunderland travel to Bradford next week looking to bounce back and pick up their first victory of the season.

UoS Starting XI: Mouzakiti, Gippert, Neal, Minniss, Ellison, Emmerson, Aspden (Rowley 60’), Gibson, Norsworth, Woods, Panayi (Chape 78’)