#ContiCup: Durham Women earn point against Manchester United

#ContiCup: Durham Women earn point against Manchester United

Sarah Wilson of Durham in action against Manchester United. (Photo: Stu Forster / Shekicks.net uses pictures provide by Getty Images)

Durham drew with Manchester United in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup Group Stage before losing the shoot-out, Sunderland similarly banked a bonus point at Sheffield United.

Group A – Sheffield United 1-1 Sunderland (2-4 on pens) (Att: 190)

Group B – Durham 2-2 Manchester United (3-5 on pens) (Att: 1,468)

Durham twice came from behind to claim to draw with Manchester United after 90 minutes, before the visitors gained a second point on penalties.

Ivana Fuso opened the scoring from Carrie Jones’ pass for a half-time lead but early in the second half, Dee Bradley headed home the leveller from a Beth Hepple corner.

Ella Toone came off the bench to restore United’s lead from 25 yards but with time running out, Hepple hit a free kick past Sophie  Baggaley to make it 2-2.

Russo later found the net for a second time as her penalty clinched the shoot-out.

Emma Kelly celebrates Sunderland's penalty win
Emma Kelly of Sunderland celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out. (Photo: Naomi Baker / Shekicks.net uses pictures provided by Getty Images)

Sunderland profited from penalties against Sheffield United, levelling from the spot in stoppage-time and then winning the shoot-out.

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk opened the scoring after half-time from a Jess Clarke cross, Emily Scarr kept the Black Cats in it with a goal-line block, before Keira Ramshaw fired home from the spot.

Neve Herron put Sunderland 4-2 up on penalties, after which the Blades were denied by the post.

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