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Carly ed to play for England Under 23's


04/07/2007 14:41:50 

Goalkeeper Carly Telford has been chosed as part of the England Under 23 squad for the Nordic Tournament. This tournament is being held in Finland from Saturday 14th July to Wednesday 25th July.

In their first game England played Finland in the Hietalahti Stadium in Vassa on the 18th July 2007 and then play Germany on the 20th July 2007 in the Seinajoki Stadium, Vassa.

New Home Venue for Sunderland Women


28/06/2007 08:50:51 

Next season Sunderland Women will have a new home venue for the majority of their games. They will be playing at the former Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground, now The Hetton Centre, Hetton-le-Hole - fixtures allowing, as this is also the home of Sunderland's Reserve team.

Sunderland AFC has kindly agreed to meet the cost of Sunderland Women playing their games at The Hetton Centre next season for which we are extremely grateful.

Pre Season Friendlies Arranged


16/06/2007 12:54:47 

Sunderland Women have a number of pre season friendlies arranged.

On the 29th July 2007 they entertain Whitley Bay at home, at a venue to be arranged.

On Thursday 2nd August 2007 they are away to Team Northumbria, venue to be confirmed.

On Sunday 5th August 2007 they are at home to Doncaster Rovers Belles at Gateshead Stadium with a 2.00p.m kick off and on Sunday 12th August 2007 they entertain Blackburn Rovers at Leyburn Grove, again with a 2.oop.m kick off.

Demi Scores for England Under 17's


03/06/2007 17:52:27 

Last week England Under 17's travelled to Finland to take part in a Tournament. Lucy Bronze and Demi Stokes, who attend Sunderland Centre of Excellence, were both members of the squad.

The first game resulted in a 0 - 0 draw against Finland. The second game was played against Sweden which also resulted in a 1 - 1 draw, Demi Stokes scoring for England. England went on to win 5 - 4 on penalties.

End of Season Presentation Night


25/05/2007 08:43:23 

Sunderland Women's End of Season Presentation Night was held last night (Thursday 24th May) at East Boldon Cricket Club where the following awards were made.

First Team
Top Goalscorer - Steph Houghton
Most Improved Player - Joint - Steph Bannon and Rachel Lee
Players' Player - Gemma Wilson
Managers' Player - Steph Houghton
Best Sporting Player - Mel Carr

Reserve Team
Top Goalscorer - Jess Clark
Most Improved Player - Lauren Ramshaw
Players' Player - Sarah Wilson
Managers' Player -Sarah Unwin

At the presentation night Alan Snowdon also presented Steph Houghton with the Football Association's Young Player of the Year Award


Two Players from Sunderland Centre of Excellence in England Under 17 squad


23/05/2007 20:55:04 

Lucy Bronze and Demi Stokes are both named in England Under 17 squad to play in a Four Nations Tournament against Finland on the 24th May 2007. Both Lucy and Demi currently attend Sunderland Centre of Excellence.

Congratulations to both girls

Steph Houghtn wins Young Player of the Year


23/05/2007 21:42:51 

Club Captain Steph Houghton was named Young Player of the Year at the FA Women's Football Awards held in London. The award is voted for by all the other clubs in the league and is a tremendous achievement for Steph who is still only 19.

Steph has progressed through the England ranks from the Under 17 to the Under 19's making her full England Under 21 debut against France in November where she received the official Player of the Match. Since then she has progressed through to the England Senior Squad and make her full Senior Debut against France, receiving her 2nd Senior cap against Holland.

Congratulations to Steph on this fantastic achievement

Steph Houghton plays for England and Helen Alderson picked for training squad


18/05/2007 09:44:33 

Club Captain Steph Houghton and goalkeeper Helen Alderson are both involved with England.

Steph Houghton featured in the England Senior game last night (Thursday 17th May) which was played against Iceland and which England won 4 - 0. Steph came on in the 79th minute as a sub for Katie Chapman.

Goalkeeper Helen Alderson has been called into the U19 England Training Camp to take place in the East Midlands between 27th - 31st May.

Well done to both girls

Club Captain Steph starts for England


13/05/2007 20:32:57 

Club Captain Steph Houghton started for England today against Northern Ireland, in a friendly match played at Gillingham Football Club.

England won the game 4 - 0 with Steph playing the first 45 minutes at right back. Goalkeeper Carly Telford was on the bench for this game.

There is a further England friendly on Thursday night.

Sunderland are relegated


06/05/2007 17:47:04 

On the day that Sunderland Men won the Championship, Sunderland Women were relegated from the Premiership Division.

With all of Sunderland Ladies matches played it was a waiting game to see whether or not Cardiff could obtain the two points necessary to remain in the Premiership. Unfortunately for Sunderland Ladies Cardiff scored a last minute winning goal at Doncaster Rovers Belles today to win the game 3 - 2 and effectively seal their place in the Premiership and at the same time relegating Sunderland.

End of Season Presentation Night


02/05/2007 21:35:41 

Sunderland Women will be holding their Presentation Night on Thursday 24th May 2007. This will be held at East Boldon Cricket Club, Newcastle Road, Sunderland.

By this date Sunderland Women will know whether they have managed to retain their place in the Women's Premiership League. Cardiff have two more games remaining, away to Doncaster Belles on Sunday 6th May and away to Charlton on the 13th May from which they must get at least two points to avoid relegation and send Sunderland down


Sunderland lose last game of the season


22/04/2007 19:46:27 

Sunderland lost to Birmingham 3 - 0 in their last game of the season.

They played their last game of the season at a changed venue, The Hetton Centre, due to not being able to play at their normal venue. After their recent excellent performances losing 2 - 1 at home to Charlton and gaining a point last week at Chelsea, Sunderland never got going in this game.

They now have to wait and see if they have regained their Premiership status. Cardiff need to get at least 2 points from their last games to overtake Sunderland.

Directions to Hetton Centre


21/04/2007 16:41:38 

This Sunday Sunderland Ladies entertain Birmingham Ladies in their last game of the season at the Hetton Centre, Hetton-le-hole with a 2.00p.m kick off. Directions are below.

If you are travelling from the A19
1. Leave the A19 at the A690 turn off for Sunderland/Durham
2. If you are coming from the south take the first exit off the roundabout (marked A690 Durham/Houngton le Spring)
3. If you are coming from the north, take the 4th exit off the roundabout
4. Continue forward on the A690 for approx 2 miles
5. You need to pass the garages at the top of the hill and the BP Garage
6. Once over the top of the hill, take the slip road to your left marked Houghton le Spring.
7. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit (straight ahead)
8. At the next roundabout take first exit (left) onto Hetton, A182
9. Continue forward onto Hetton Road A182 - entering Hetton le Hole
10. At traffic lights turn right onto Park Road.
11. Arrive at Hetton Centre.


If you are travelling on the A1(M)
1. Leave the A1(M) at Junction 62 and take the A690 Sunderland turnoff.
2. Continue forward on the A690.
3. Take the slip road entering Houghton le Spring
4. At roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Hetton Road - A182
5. Continue forward onto Hetton Road, entering Hetton le Hole
6. At traffic lights, turn right on Park Road.
7. Arrive at Hetton Centre.

First Team Host Charlton on Easter Sunday


07/04/2007 13:48:33 

This Sunday, 8th April 2007 Sunderland first team host Charlton Women at Albany Park, Washington. Please note kick off is 1.00p.m.

The reserve team has finished all its fixtures

Sunderland Ladies join forces for a day with the Army


29/03/2007 19:52:08 

On Saturday 3rd March 2007 Sunderland Ladies spent a day with one of their sponsors, the Army, learning different skills such as pistol shooting and wall climbing.

Please go to the gallery for the rest of the photos.


First Team lose 2 - 1 in close game with Bristol while the reservesdraw 1 -1


25/03/2007 20:55:45 

The first team lost 2 - 1 in a close game against Bristol Academy while the reserves earned a credible draw 1 - 1 with Doncaster Belles Rovers.

The first team turned in an excellent performance against Bristol and were unlucky to go down 2 - 1. The score at half time was 0 - 0 and again the scoreline was justified as the girls battled for everything.
Bristol scored first from a corner in the 64th minute by Corinne Yorston and then scored their second goal on the 88th minute. Sunderland pulled one back in the 90th minute through Sarah Danby and continued to press hard in injury time to try and gain the equaliser which unfortunately did not come.

The reserves played their last game of the season against Doncaster Rovers Belles and earned a very credible draw, having played 70 mins of the game with only 10 players. The reserves only had 11 fit players and then in the 20th minute lost Sarah Wilson through injury. The final score was 1 - 1 with Jess Clark scoring the goal for Sunderland


First team at home to Bristol while reserves play their last game of the season at home to Doncaster Rovers Belles


23/03/2007 17:11:00 

This Sunday, 25th March, 2007 the first team entertain Bristol Academy Ladies while the reserves host Doncaster Rovers Belles Reserves.

The first team are due to play Bristol at Albany Park, Spout Lane, Washington with a 2.00p.m kick off. The reserves play their final game of the season at home to Doncaster Rovers Belles Reserves at Northumbria Centre, Washington, again with a 2.00p.m k.o.

Steph and Carly called up to England Senior Women's Training Camp


22/03/2007 20:58:35 

Both Club Captain Steph Houghton and Carly Telford have been called up as part of the squad for the forthcoming England Senior Women's Training Camp.

The training camp is being held between 8th - 14th April 2007 at La Manga, Spain.

Congratulations to both girls.

Match Report: Newcastle United WFC Reserves 1 Sunderland WFC Reserves 2


18/03/2007 22:23:34 

The reserves completed their second win from three games with Newcastle to win Tyne & Wear bragging rights for the season.
But, in a heavily wind-affected match, it needed a second-half comeback from Sunderland to secure the three points.

Basically, Newcastle had the majority of play in the first-half, playing down wind, while Sunderland took control after the break backed by the prevailing westerly.

The pitch at the Heaton Stannington ground was also very bobbly after a couple of relatively dry weeks, adding to the problems for players attempting decent football.

It probably played a part in Jess Havelock's narrow miss on an early break, as the ball bounced up badly from the surface as she was about to chip the keeper. Gradually Newcastle came into the match, missing a golden chance before taking the lead shortly before half-time, when Stacey Simpson calmly lobbed the advancing Rachael Laws in the Sunderland goal.
Although the ball rolled away behind the insecure bottom of the net, the goal appeared a good one and rightly stood.

Sunderland came out more purposefully on the re-start, dominating the play and forcing United back for much of the second-half. They were rewarded when Natalie Garrett, who grabbed the Sunderland goal in the recent home draw with Newcastle, scored again. This time it was with a collectors' item, a rare headed goal from the left-winger, following a pin-point cross by Havelock.

By now controlling possession, Sunderland took the lead midway through the half when Garrett played the ball back to Laura Jobson, who fired a great shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Even in the closing minutes, it was the visitors who looked more likely to add another goal, and the full-time whistle signalled Sunderland's second
2-1 win against United this season.

Sunderland remain third in the North and Midlands Reserves' League Division One table, with just an outside chance of pipping Doncaster Rovers when the Belles are the visitors at Washington this Sunday

First Team at home to Leeds while Reserves play local derby against Newcastle


16/03/2007 14:14:08 

This Sunday, 18th March 2007, the first team entertain Leeds United Women at Albany Park, Washington. Kick off is at 2.00p.m. The teams last met in the FA Cup on the 7th January 2007 when Leeds ran out 3 - 1 winners, Sunderland having given them a really tough game. Hopefully the girls can reserve the scoreline this time.

The reserve team play away in the local derby against Newcastle. The venue for this fixture is Heaton Stannington Football Club, Newton Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne with kick off at 2.00p.m. This is the third time this season the teams have met, with Sunderland winning the first fixture and the second fixture, only 2 weeks ago, resulted in a draw.


Stephanie Houghton and Carly Telford both feature for England in their 1 - 0 win over Scotland


11/03/2007 15:36:59 

Club Captain, Stephanie Houghton and goalkeeper Carly Telford both featureed for England in their 1 - 0 win over Scotland today.

Stephanie Houghton made her full England debut at right back and played the whole 90 minutes in the 1 - 0 win over Scotland.

Goalkeeper Carly Telford also made her first appearance for the England team playing the whole of the second half between the sticks.

Congratulations and well done to both girls from everyone connected with Sunderland Women Football Club

No Games This Weekend


10/03/2007 17:42:33 

Neither the first team nor the reserve team have a game this weekend,

The next game for the team is at home to League Cup finalists Leeds next Sunday 18th March while the reserve team will be away to local rivals Newcastle

Steph Houghton makes her full England Debut


09/03/2007 12:45:01 

Last night Steph Houghton,Sunderland's Club Captain, made her full England Debut against Russia at Milton Keynes.

Having previously played for the England Under 19's and Under 21's Steph came on at right back in the 72nd minute to make her full England debut.

Congratulations to Steph on this tremendous achievement




Two Sunderland Players Named in Full England Squad


07/03/2007 22:38:20 

Club Captain Stephanie Houghton and Goalkeeper Carly Telford have been both named as part of the full England squad to take part in the forthcoming international fixtures. The first one being held on the 8th March against Russia, then 11th March Scotland and finally 14th March against Holland.

Congratulations and best wishes to both girls from everyone connect with Sunderland Women Football Club.

Sunderland Ladies join the army for a day


01/03/2007 15:45:34 

One of our sponsors this season has been the Army. This Saturday, 3rd March, they have invited Sunderland Ladies along to a recruitment drive for the Territoral Army.

This will be a 'fun activity' session and the press and local media will be present. The idea is that the players, alongside the Army (male and female) will take part in a circuit training/assault course activity as part of their advertising campaign

The event takes place at the TA Centre in Dykelands Road, Seaburn beginning at 11.00a.m until around 3.30p.m.

Match Report: Liverpool FC Ladies' Reserves 1 Sunderland Women's FC Reserves 1


25/02/2007 22:50:04 

Reserve team fixtures between Sunderland and Liverpool have proved more than interesting so far this season. Liverpool came from three down to win 4-3 at the Northumbria Centre in the first meeting, in November, while the previous attempt at this fixture was cut short by the increasingly wet weather, in January.Despite conditions being not much better, the match did reach an exciting conclusion last Sunday (Feb 25).

It was nip and tuck in the first-half, with the highlight being a finger-tip diving save by Rachael Laws to divert a long-range Liverpool effort round a post. Abby Holmes was unfortunate to see a shot strike the Liverpool post early in the second-half, before the goal action arrived in the closing ten minutes.

Liverpool went ahead when a goalmouth melee in the Sunderland penalty box
was finally fired past Laws by the home side. But Sunderland fought back and levelled when Sarah Unwin and Sophie Williams set up Holmes (pictured) to neatly finish with only minutes remaining. In the tense closing stages Sunderland deservedly held on to their
hard-earned point with colourful last ditch clearances by Jess Havelock and
Williams.

It leaves Sunderland lying fourth in the table with a derby fixture with
Newcastle to look forward to this weekend.

Reserves hold leaders Liverpool to a 1 - 1 draw


25/02/2007 20:07:14 

The reserve team travelled away to Liverpool and came away with a very credible draw. After a late change of venue the reserves found themselves playing on a very uneven pitch which proved very hard going in the second half. Liverpool scored with 75 minutes on the clock and then Abby Holmes scored with 5 mins to go to give the reserves a very deserved draw.

First Team Game against Birmingham postponed


24/02/2007 12:36:11 

After a pitch inspection this morning the first team game scheduled to take place this Sunday, 25th February, has been cancelled.

The reserve team travel away to play league leaders Liverpool

Reserves win at Blackburn


11/02/2007 20:27:22 

Sunderland Reserves today won away at Blackburn by the score 3 - 1.
Goals were scored by Sophie Williams, Jess Havelock and Abby Holmes

Match report to follow

Match Report: Blackburn Rovers Ladies Reserves 1 Sunderland Women's Reserves 3


11/02/2007 17:50:04 

On a weekend when few female fixtures survived the weather, Sunderland
Reserves travelled in trepidation to the north-west, fearing a late
cancellation.

But having been given the all-clear the previous day, shortly after the
first team fixture at Chelsea was cancelled, there was to be no late change
in conditions causing a last minute postponement. The Reserves headed to Lancashire hoping to improve on last month's defeat to Rovers, compounded by a nasty injury for Jane Riddell, which left her needing hospital treatment.

Things did not start too brightly last Sunday as, in a half of few chances, Blackburn took a 1-0 lead into the interval, when a Rachael Laws goal kick was played straight back towards the Sunderland goal for Blackburn to force the ball home.

Coach Gary Sykes' team talk called for better communication among the players, and they responded with the chances starting to flow on the re-start. Sophie Williams got the ball rolling for Sunderland when she cut into the box from the left to fire the equaliser. It was followed minutes later by the goal of the game, a vicious volley from Jess Havelock, which put Sunderland 2-1 ahead. The icing on the cake came with Sunderland's third goal in a purple patch, as Abbey Holmes clinically finished off a good move to make it 3-1.

There were other chances late on but the victory was, by now, not in doubt,
leaving the Reserves in third place in the North and Midlands League,
Division One, behind Liverpool and Doncaster, both of Sunderland's next two
opponents.

Reserve game still on


10/02/2007 14:53:34 

The reserve game away to Blackburn tomorrow, Sunday 11th February is still going ahead after a pitch inspection. The game is being played at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School with a 2.00p.m ko

First team game away to Chelsea cancelled


10/02/2007 10:40:25 

The first team game due to be played at Chelsea this Sunday, 11th February, has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Reserve Game away to Blackburn still on


10/02/2007 14:51:31 

The reserve away game at Blackburn is still on after a pitch inspection this afternoon. The game is being played at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, with a 2.00p.m kick off

Sunderland Ladies lose at Fulham


07/02/2007 19:58:50 

Sunderland Ladies lost 1 - 0 at Fulham on Sunday in this match between two teams at the wrong end of the table.

Despite numerous chances Sunderland Ladies could not get past the Fulham goalkeeper who was in excellent form. They were paid to pay for their missed chances when a disputed corner in the second half resulted in Fulham scoring from the resulting corner. Despite their continued efforts Sunderland could not find that elusive goal.

The reserve team were at home to Everton last Sunday and unfortunately went down 2 - 0.

This Sunday, 11th February the first team are away to Chelsea while the reserve team travel to Blackburn

RSS Feed Fixed


05/02/2007 22:27:54 

A Problem with the SWFC RSS feed has now been fixed. You can now use the new features of Internet Explorer 7 or Outlook 2007 to get your SWFC news.

Click on the XML button at the top of the News Page to subscribe to the feed.

NE Communications apologises for any problems caused.

First Team Away to Fulham


03/02/2007 19:05:45 

Sunderland Ladies first team are away to Fulham Ladies this Sunday. The reserve team are playing Everton Reserves. This game is being played at the Northumbria Centre, Washington with a 2.00p.m ko.

Match Report - Sunday January 28th: Sunderland Women Reserves 2 Lincoln City Reserves 0


31/01/2007 23:43:09 

A strong reserves side finally saw off a brave Lincoln team which defied relentless Sunderland pressure for more than an hour at Houghton. As there was no first team fixture, several senior players were given a run out to maintain match-fitness with vital fixtures in the fight to avoid relegation looming large.

But there was to be no early breakthrough as the Lincoln rearguard held firm against the red and white barrage virtually from kick-off. Sarah Danby, Natalie Gutteridge and Abby Holmes all saw goalbound shots saved by the busy City keeper, while other efforts sprayed just past either post. As half-time approached Steph Houghton almost opened the scoring from way out, when her speculative 30-yard dipping shot caught the Lincoln keeper cold, but bounced to safety off the bar.

There was more of the same after the break, with very little action for Helen Alderson in goal and the defensive line in front. Just as Lincoln, perhaps, began to think they may escape with a draw, Abby Holmes broke the deadlock with a splendid solo strike. She picked the ball up midway in the Lincoln half, drove towards goal and fired past the keeper with a low shot from just inside the box. The result was put beyond doubt minutes later when Sarah Unwin scored with her first touch after coming on as Sunderland's third sub. A free-kick ped to her just inside the angle of the box and she struck a
low shot beneath the diving Lincoln keeper.

With Sunderland sailing serenely through the closing minutes there was an unfortunate injury for Emma Redhead, who appeared to twist her knee trying to avoid the pitch surround barrier after ushering a ball out of play. She was carried off, wrapped in foil for warmth, leaving Sunderland with only ten players for the closing five minutes, all of which were survived without a glimmer of a chance for the visitors.

The next reserve match is home to Everton this Sunday at the Northumbria Centre with a 2.00p.m ko.


Reserves win 2 - 0


28/01/2007 17:48:55 

Sunderland Reserves beat Lincoln City Reserves 2 - 0 today with goals from Abby Holmes in the 62nd minute and Sarah Unwin in the 76th minute. Match report to follow later

Reserve Fixture Going Ahead


27/01/2007 20:51:59 

Tomorrow's reserve fixture against Lincoln City Ladies Reserves is definitely going ahead tomorrow. Kick off is 2.00p.m at Leyburn Grove Cricket Ground, Houghton-le-Spring

Five Sunderland Players in England Squads


27/01/2007 21:01:56 

Three of Sunderland Ladies players and two players from the Sunderland Centre of Excellence have been chosen to take part in England training camps. Club Captain, Stephanie Houghton, and goalkeeper Carly Telford, have both been chosen to take part in an England Under 23 Tournament at La Manga from the 12th - 17th February. Goalkeeper Helen Alderson has been picked to attend the England Under 19 training camp which is being held at Derby from the 11th - 15th February. Demi Stokes and Lucy Bronze who both attend the Sunderland Centre of Excellence have been chose to attend the England Under 17 training camp, also being held from the 11th - 15th February

Five Sunderland Players called up to England Squads


27/01/2007 20:54:35 

Three players from Sunderland Ladies squad and two players from Sunderlad Centre of Excellence have been called up to England Training Camps and a Tournament.

Club Captain Steph Houghton and Goalkeeper Carly Telford have been ed to take part in the England Women's Under 23 Tournament which takes place in La Manga from the 11th - 17th February.

Goalkeeper Helen Alderson has been ed to attend the England Under 19 Training Camp being held at Burton Derby from the 11th- 15th February.

Lucy Bronze and Demi Stokes, who both attend the Sunderland Centre of Excellence, have been ed to attend the England Under 17 Training Camp which is also being held from the 11th - 15th Februay

First Team No Game This Sunday 28th January


24/01/2007 14:52:19 

The first team do not have a game this Sunday due to the fact that it is the fifth round of the FA Cup. The reserve team is scheduled to play Lincoln Reserves at Leyburn Grove, Houghton le Spring, ko 2.00p.m (weather permitting)

Reserve Game Abandoned


21/01/2007 19:31:32 

The reserve team game away to Liverpool on Sunday 21st January was abandoned after 75 minutes.

With Liverpool reserves leading 3 - 2 the game was abandoned after 75 minutes due to terrible weather conditions.

First Team Game Against Chelsea on Sunday Postponed


19/01/2007 15:03:18 

The first team game scheduled to take place this Sunday 21st January away to Chelsea has been postponed due to Chelsea's involvement in the County Cup. The reserve team travel away to play top of the table Liverpool

Match Report: Sunderland Ladies vs Arsenal Ladies - Academy of Light, Sunday 14th Jan.


16/01/2007 18:10:44 

Sunderland Ladies were swept aside at the Academy of Light by Champions Arsenal. The visitors brought with them an entire squad of internationals who were simply too good in every department for Sunderland’s young team. Team boss Mick Mulhern was full of admiration for the star studded Londoners and stated “this is what we must aspire to”.

The game itself was played in a swirling, gale force wind which at times made it difficult for Sunderland to get free of their own half. Arsenal adapted to the conditions much better and their short passing game ensured a four goal advantage at the break through Smith, Ludlow, Chapman and Carney.

The second half saw no respite for the home team as Arsenal showed no signs of easing off. Sunderland did try to come into the game and twice came very close to becoming the first team to score in open play against the champions this season. Houghton forcing six footer keeper Byrne to tip over twice. Despite the more competitive nature of the second period it was Arsenal who added to the score with goals from Scott, Sanderson and Davison before Ludlow completed her hat trick with two late strikes.
Despite the score line there were fine performances from Houghton, Gutteridge, Bannon and keeper Alderson who made several outstanding saves. Sunderland did not play badly but were simply overwhelmed by a team who appear to be in a league of their own.

Final score, Sunderland Ladies 0 Arsenal Ladies 9.

Sunderland…. Alderson, Wilson, Redhead, Bannon, Booth, Holden(Danby), Houghton, Lee(Unwin), Carr, Holmes(O’Brien), Gutteridge.
Subs not used…. Crann, Dewar.

Match Report: Sunderland Ladies vs Arsenal Ladies - Academy of Light, Sunday 14th Jan.


16/01/2007 18:10:44 

Sunderland Ladies were swept aside at the Academy of Light by Champions Arsenal. The visitors brought with them an entire squad of internationals who were simply too good in every department for Sunderland’s young team. Team boss Mick Mulhern was full of admiration for the star studded Londoners and stated “this is what we must aspire to”.

The game itself was played in a swirling, gale force wind which at times made it difficult for Sunderland to get free of their own half. Arsenal adapted to the conditions much better and their short passing game ensured a four goal advantage at the break through Smith, Ludlow, Chapman and Carney.

The second half saw no respite for the home team as Arsenal showed no signs of easing off. Sunderland did try to come into the game and twice came very close to becoming the first team to score in open play against the champions this season. Houghton forcing six footer keeper Byrne to tip over twice. Despite the more competitive nature of the second period it was Arsenal who added to the score with goals from Scott, Sanderson and Davison before Ludlow completed her hat trick with two late strikes.
Despite the score line there were fine performances from Houghton, Gutteridge, Bannon and keeper Alderson who made several outstanding saves. Sunderland did not play badly but were simply overwhelmed by a team who appear to be in a league of their own.

Final score, Sunderland Ladies 0 Arsenal Ladies 9.

Sunderland…. Alderson, Wilson, Redhead, Bannon, Booth, Holden(Danby), Houghton, Lee(Unwin), Carr, Holmes(O’Brien), Gutteridge.
Subs not used…. Crann, Dewar.

Match Report: Women’s FA Cup 4th Round, Sponsored by E.ON: Sunderland Ladies vs Leeds Utd Ladies


15/01/2007 23:11:00 

Sunderland Ladies were dumped out of the Women’s FA Cup by Premier League leaders Leeds Utd Ladies at Houghton Sports Ground last Sunday. The game ended in a 3 – 1 win for Leeds but Sunderland more than matched them for much of the game and indeed gave their illustrious visitors a few scares along the way.

The game began at a furious pace with Sunderland having much of the early play. Houghton, Gutteridge and Holden all went close for the home side before they took the lead on15 minutes. A well flighted corner was headed on by Houghton for Emma Redhead to crash home from the edge of the box. Sunderland continued to come forward and Leeds were visibly rattled. Leeds’ England international Sue Smith was beginning to find more room in midfield, and as the half drew to a close, the visitors took advantage of hesitancy in the home defence. On 40 minutes a floated free kick by-passed the entire home defence and Jess Wright ghosted in to glance home the equaliser. Worse was to follow in stoppage time when a speculative shot from 25 yards by Rachael McArthur was misjudged by Alderson who got a hand to it but could only watch as it looped into the net.
The second half was barely 3 minutes old when Leeds extended their lead. Sue Smith again won the ball in midfield before going on a strong run and crossing for Lucy Ward to slide home from close in. This knocked the stuffing out of the home side and Smith continued to torment them. To their credit Sunderland did try to come back and for long spells late on had Leeds on the back foot. Gutteridge saw her long range effort go narrowly wide before O’Brien went clear on goal only to pull her shot wide.

F.T. … Sunderland Ladies 1 vs 3 Leeds Utd Ladies

After the game team manager Mick Mulhern said… “We were not disgraced, Leeds are a very good team. For long spells we matched and dominated them. However we ran out of steam, fatigue kicked in and mistakes followed. Sue Smith showed what a fine player she is and that in the end was probably the difference. But from this we should now believe we can compete with the best.”

Sunderland…… Alderson, Wilson, Redhead, Bannon, Booth, Holden, Houghton, Lee, Holmes(Havelock), Gutteridge, O’Brien (Crann).



Arsenal too good for Sunderland


14/01/2007 16:48:38 

Sunderland Ladies lost 9 - 0 today to an Arsenal team which simply outclassed them. Match Report to follow

Sunderland First Team now to play Arsenal at home this Sunday


10/01/2007 19:18:04 

Due to Charlton being involved in a postponed FA Cup tie, Sunderland will now host Arsenal Ladies this Sunday 14th January.

Charlton's postponed 4th Round FA Cup tie from last Sunday will now be played this Sunday and therefore Sunderland Ladies has now been scheduled to play Arsenal Ladies instead. This game will be played at The Academy of Light (courtesy of Sunderland Football Club) and kick off is 1.00p.m.


Sunderland go down fighting to Leeds


07/01/2007 18:22:09 

Sunderland put up a good fight against top of the table Leeds but evetually lost 3 - 1

Match Report to follow

FA Womens Cup (sponsored by E.ON)


03/01/2007 20:39:10 

FA Women's Cup (sponsored by E.On)

This Sunday 7th January 2007 Sunderland Women entertain Leeds Women in the 4th Round Proper of the FA Women's Cup.

Sunderland and Leeds have both just entered the FA Cup competition at this stage.

Come along and support the girls as they take on last year's FA Cup finalists Leeds in what promises to be an exciting game.

The match is being played at Leyburn Grove Cricket Club, Houghton-le-Spring and kick off is 2.00p.m.

Sunderland Players on England Standby


02/01/2007 18:35:01 

Sunderland Players on England Standby

Two of Sunderland Players, Club Captain Stephanie Houghton, and goalkeeper Carly Telford, have been both ed to be on Standby for the England First Team Squad in the forthcoming Four Nations Women's Tournament to be held in China from the 21st - 31st January 2007.

This is excellent news for both girls and hopefully they will both get called up into the actual squad.



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