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Sunderland opened up a lead of four points at the top of the National Division after twice coming from behind to beat Millwall Lionesses 3-2.
Millwall started brightly and pushed the Wearsiders back from the off and their early pressure paid dividends in the fourth minute as they took the lead. After being awarded a free kick on the edge of the area, Emma Beckett stepped up to drive a powerful shot into the top corner.
The Lionesses held their lead until the break but Sunderland were back on level terms just before the hour as Demi Stokes strode through to confidently finish. The game appeared to heading towards a draw until it exploded back into life with eight minutes remaining, Kate Longhurst capitalising on defensive slip to go clear and slot home to send Millwall back in front.
However barely a minute later, Stokes equalised once again following good work by Abby Holmes. Millwall almost restored their lead from a goalmouth scramble before Helen Alderson bravely saved and at the other end, Sunderland were awarded a penalty for handball but Kelly McDougall's spot kick hit the post.
Just as it seemed it would end with honours even, Keira Ramshaw played in McDougall who rounded a defender and drew the keeper before unselfishly squaring for Stokes to complete her hat-trick and break Millwall hearts.
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