Doncaster Rovers Belles completed their FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup campaign with an excellent 3-2 win at WSL1 side Sunderland.
It gave them third place in Group Two though it was not enough to take them through to the quarter-finals.
Emily Roberts put Rovers ahead in the 28th minute and while Abbey Joice equalised for Sunderland early in the second half, goals by Bethany England and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk gave the Belles victory – Sarah McFadden bagging a late consolation for the Black Cats.
Doncaster took a 28th-minute lead, breaking superbly with Sweetman-Kirk’s cross from the right turned in by Roberts.
Rovers were unlucky not to make it 2-0 in the 34th minute when England finished emphatically but an offside flag saved the hosts.
The hosts pulled level straight after the break, Joice shooting high into the net after a great run and pull-back by Beth Mead.
But Rovers remained a danger and Olsen saved well from a header by Sweetman-Kirk.
They then re-took the lead with a great finish by England, her powerful shot beating Hilde Olsen to her right.
And the FA WSL 2 side sealed the win 11 minutes from time. Olsen saved brilliantly from Sweetman-Kirk but the rebound fell to the Belles striker who shot into the empty net.
Sunderland pulled a goal back in the fifth minute of injury time through McFadden’s header but it was too late for the hosts.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Olsen, Holmes, Bannon, Wilson, Greenwell, Joice, Furness (McFadden 82), Kelly (Ramshaw 43), Chaplen, Roche (McDougall 69), Mead. Subs not used: Laws, Williams, Beer
Goals: Joice (47), Sarah McFadden 90
Bookings: Holmes (39), Greenwell (40)
Doncaster Rovers Belles (4-3-3): Hobbs, Barker, Little, Roberts, Knight, England, Lawton-Radburn, Simpkins, Lipka (Tierney 90), Roberts (Stamp 65), Sweetman-Kirk. Subs not used: Dale, Stamp, Cresswell, Smith.
Goals: Emily Roberts (28), Bethany England (63), Courtney Swettman-Kirk (79)
Referee: Robert Anderson
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