Chaplen’s lucky goal may have big rewards for Sunderland Ladies

Sunderland's Brooke Chaplen.
Sunderland's Brooke Chaplen.

BROOKE Chaplen won’t score a more important “miss-hit” in her career after inspiring a Sunderland Ladies comeback win over Bristol Academy.

The former Everton star scored just 24 seconds after the interval to bring the Lady Black Cats level at the Hetton Centre with Rachel Furness heading in the winner 18 minutes from time.

Chaplen again proved a livewire for Carlton Fairweather’s side and while modest about her finish highlighted how vital her goal and the bullet header from Furness could be.

Only one side gets relegated from WSL1 and consolidation is the watchword for the Cats this season.

“I think I miss-hit it,” said the former England U23 forward.

“It went through a few players and while the keeper got a bit of a hand to it, it bobbled over the line.

“But it was an important goal and Furney scored a good header for the winner.

“I think the three points could be massive at the end of the season.

“It was important we came out for the second half and put right what we had been doing wrong in the first half and put on a good performance, work hard and get the three points.

“Although beating Liverpool was a great three points, these three points are going to be much more important come the end of the season.

“Obviously it puts a big gap between us and Bristol and hopefully we’ll push on from here.”