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Ladies Earn Dramatic Point

13 January 2014

Blackpool 3 Man City 3

Lauren Oatley waited until the final minute of normal time to rescue a point for Blackpool ladies against Manchester City.

The Seasiders had dominated the first half and led 2-1 at the break thanks to a brace from Sian Dillon, before a dramatic second period.

Blackpool had been the better side, and deserved their lead which Dillon provided, having profited from some poor City defending.

She was sent clean through, kept her composure to round the goalkeeper, before slotting home the opener.

Their joy was short-lived however, and within 60 seconds they were pegged back. 

Vicky Lomas profited from more sloppy defending, before firing past Amy Roskell to level for City.

Midway through the first half City were forced to change their goalkeeper, and the first task Claire Young had was to pick the ball out of her net.

Oatley set up Dillon, who despite losing her footing, slotted past Young to restore her side’s lead.

Blackpool were now expected to kick-on from there, but they were let off the hook on the stroke of half-time. Mariella Hemingway was penalised for a handball in the area, but Rachel Dunlop dragged the penalty wide, letting Pool off the hook.

After the break City had already saw an effort cleared off the line, when they finally levelled in the 75th minute. Dunlop shrugged off a number of challenges, before hitting an unstoppable effort into the top corner.

And minutes later Dunlop was at it again, firing home to complete the turnaround.

It seemed like The Seasiders were heading for a cruel defeat, before one final twist in the tale. 

Sam Ball set up Oatley, who curled in a fine equaliser in the 89th minute to earn Pool a share of the spoils.

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