With a place in the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup at stake, early in the game Sunderland were quick to test the Clarets backline. Abbey Joice got a shot away that Bracewell palmed out for a corner, before Emily Scarr took a shot but Bracewell caught calmly from distance.

In return Evie Priestley shot from a wide position but the ball passed wide of the far post.

Sunderland continued to press and the Clarets had a let off when Keira Ramshaw rose up high and headed just wide from a corner.

The tempo was high and the Clarets breathed another sigh of relief when a free kick on the edge of the area was shot straight at Bracewell.

Burnley picked up and were feeding out from the back mostly by Dani Cooper and Lizzy Hamer, forcing the Sunderland backline to work hard. Then a long Sunderland cross had Bracewell stretching high to palm out for another corner.

Emily Scarr launched a free kick from distance causing Bracewell to tip over the bar. Then, as the half time whistle edged closer, Ramshaw launched another ball forward, hitting the bar.

Hopes that the break would bring a change of fortune were forthcoming in the early stages.

Megan Dykes, who replaced Chloe Mapp, was working the Sunderland defence and the Clarets started to make an impression by winning several corners, one resulting in a shot from Melissa Brown that was blocked by a defender.

Matt Bee made another Burnley change with Katie Thomas replacing Evie Priestley.

The game became much tighter as the half progressed, though the visitors remained solid as Burnley made advances.

Sunderland won another free kick, that Bracewell collected with ease, but the pressure was mounting.

A back pass to Bracewell was hastily cleared but only to a Sunderland player rushing forward, who shot at goal but the attempt went wide.

Burnley however applied plenty of pressure throughout the second half. They win a corner which is quickly cleared before Nic Worthington shot hard but it flew over the bar.

In end to end action, Sunderland respond as Ramshaw tees up a shot but it goes wide.

In another change for the home side, Olivia Greenhalgh made way for Sammy Fleck.

In the closing minutes, Sunderland continued to attack. Emily Scarr shot from a central position and in added time Joice shot but found the path to goal blocked when the ball deflected for a corner, that the Clarets cleared.

As extra time commenced, the Clarets were soon on the attack, with Katie Thomas working hard in the Sunderland box.

Emily Scarr was quick to find herself in a one on one with Bracewell, who came out on top, but the Clarets defence had to dig in as the pressure continued.

Burnley’s Olivia Wilson came off worse in a tackle and was replaced by Kenedy Owen.

In the last few seconds of the first period, Burnley won a corner, though it was cleared as the referee blew the whistle.

With it all to play for, the Clarets enjoyed some positive play when Hamer crossed to Thomas but the keeper was well positioned to collect.

A foul on Dykes on the edge of the area resulted in a free kick for the home side, but the kick by Owen is floated over the bar.

Cara Bickett and Kerry Hope, worked hard all game against strong Sunderland forwards, with Bickett blocking a shot by Sunderland substitute Libbi McInnes.

With time of the essence, the game swung from end to end.

Following a coming together, Melissa Brown was replaced by Nicola Shirtcliffe, with a handful of added on injury time.

Burnley pressed forward but the last effort went to the visitors, who won a corner, that was subsequently cleared.

A penalty shoot out was required to separate the two sides.

Burnley stepped up first with Cara Bickett burying the ball in the net.

Emily Scarr followed for the visitors and hit the ball with power into the bottom left hand corner.

Next up was Burnley forward Katie Thomas who found the top right corner with her shot.

Jessica Brown was next with a shot that was confidently palmed away by keeper and captain Bracewell.

At 2-1 to Burnley, Nic Worthington’s shot hit the bar.

Grace McCatty steps up to the spot but has her penalty saved.

Megan Dykes is up next for Burnley who fires her effort into the top corner.

At 3-1 Louise Griffiths steps up but Bracewell makes another fantastic save, to secure the win and a place in the fourth round of the competition, for Burnley FC Women.

Full time Burnley FC Women 0 – 0 Sunderland AFC Ladies (Burnley win 3-1 on penalties).

Burnley will face Manchester United Women of the Women’s Super League in the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday 18th April.

Burnley: Bracewell, Cooper, Wilson (Owen 96), Brown (Shirtcliffe 117), Bickett, Hope, Worthington, Hamer, Greenhalgh (Fleck 83), Priestley (Thomas 69), Mapp (Dykes 53)

Substitutes: Gibbins, Tobin, Rawstron

Sunderland: Moan, Brown, McCatty, Herron, Griffiths, Ramshaw, Mullen, Joice, Manders, Scarr, Blakey

Substitutes: Hutchinson, Libbi McInnes, Beer, Studholme

Referee: Declan Brown