Blackburn Rovers Women brought their five-game losing run to an end as they beat Sunderland Women 1-0.

A solitary goal from Chelsea Ferguson on her first senior start was enough for Simon Paker's side to come out victorious.

The first half was a tense affair, with neither side mustering the quality to find a breakthrough. After the break, the game opened up and both sides created more opportunities.

Rovers then found themselves ahead as Ferguson found the net at the back post. Her initial effort was saved but fumbled by the Sunderland goalkeeper but she was then on hand to turn in the rebound.

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In a fiery affair, Parker was sent off by the referee for his remonstrations, with assistant coach Matt Bee also getting booked for their complaints. However, Rovers saw the win through to end Sunderland's nine-game unbeaten run in the league.

After the game, goal-scorer Ferguson said: "I am always happy to contribute to the team. We've had a good week in training and implemented what we wanted to do.

"I didn't make the best contact first time but as a striker you have to take the second chance and luckily it ended up in the net. We put in a shift, the girls were solid at the back and we thought as a team."

Next up: Reading (H), Women Super League 2, Saturday November 19 (2pm).