HT...Newcastle United Ladies 1 vs 2 Sunderland Ladies
Newcastle pushed for an early equaliser as the second half began but Gemma Wilson and Bannon were commanding at the back. Sunderland keeper Helen Alderson had to be at her best as she saved smartly at the near post before moments later going down sharply to save at Reays feet. The visitors came close as Abby Holmes combined well with Stokes down the right for Gutteridge to head narrowly wide. Lucy Bronze, who came in for some punishing treatment, and Kelly McDougall took control of the midfield once more and the latter tried a clever chip from the edge of the box which just cleared the bar. Sunderland were not to be denied however as they increased their advantage after 65 minutes. Aldersons long kick from her penalty area found Danby clear on the left. She rounded defender Eden to send in a cross and Gutteridge dove full length to power a header past Newcastle keeper Kane. The home side were now visibly drained and Sunderland threatened to run riot as Danby, Devine and Gutteridge went close. The visitors scored a fourth on 76 minutes when Vicky Greenwell ran from defence before switching play to send Stokes clear and she picked her spot to drive past the keeper. Sunderland confirmed their dominance with a fifth goal in the final minute. A sweeping move through midfield from left to right saw subs Sophie Williams and Steph OBrien link up and it was OBrien who crashed the ball home to leave Newcastle stunned.
FT...Newcastle United Ladies 1 vs 5 Sunderland Ladies
Sunderland ... Alderson, Holmes, G.Wilson, Bannon, Greenwell, Stokes, McDougall, Bronze, Devine, Gutteridge (OBrien), Danby (Williams) ... subs not used..Laws, Crann, S.Wilson, Fletcher.
A jubilant but cautious boss Mick Mulhern said after the game, Im absolutely delighted with the result. We played quite well but I know we can and will improve. I know the players are aware that we can play even better and with hard work we will achieve our aims. Meanwhile we will enjoy this result.
Sunderland Ladies travelled to north east neighbours Newcastle Utd Ladies full of confidence after two wins from two games. The match began brightly with both teams probing forward. An early Steph Bannon free kick caused mayhem in the home defence before being scrambled clear. Furness replied soon after with a thunderous drive which flew inches wide.
The visitors began to take control as strong running from Nicola Devine and Sarah Danby caused panic for Newcastles defenders. Demi Stokes and Kelly McDougall went close before Sunderland took the lead on 23 minutes. Devines penetrating run down the left brought a corner which was whipped in by Stokes for Danby to drive home from close in. The home side threatened as Mel Reay and Rachael Furness were just off target. Sunderland extended their lead in the 39th minute from the penalty spot. The ball was crossed in and Sedgewick was penalised for climbing on Natalie Gutteridge. Danby stepped up to calmly slot home. On the stroke of half time Newcastle reduced the arrears when Reays crossfield ball split the visiting defence and Steph Eden slotted home from an acute angle.