9 Sept 2012
Coventry 1 Sunderland 4

After winning the Toss, Sunderland chose to change ends and kick into the sun for the first half, on a warm yet breezy day in the west midlands.

The visitors began the game with intent, and the ever resourceful Natalie Gutteridge was denied in the first minute. But the home side broke soon after and had the ball in the Sunderland net, but it was ruled offside to the relief of the Sunderland backline.

With Coventry kicking with the wind they were beginning to put pressure on the Wearsiders, but it was the visitors who took an early lead following a simple forward ball from Vicki Greenwell, which split the home defence to find Mead on the right. She cleverly beat her marker and played in Keira Ramshaw who slotted home from six yards.

The home side reacted well after the setback as they piled forward, with a long range effort from the dangerous Dermody which struck the post, with the rebound subsequently cleared by the Sunderland defence.

Both teams exchanged chances going into the half way stage of the first half, with Gutteridge heading wide from close range and with Rachael Laws being called into action after a good run and shot from Coventry’s Bragg.


After the break, Sunderland took the game to the home side from the off and they caught them cold as Kelly McDougall scored a screamer from 25 yards out, leaving the Coventry keeper with no chance.

Soon after the visitors put the game well and truly out of site, with last season’s top scorer Beth Mead, weaving her way past three defenders and the keeper, to pass the ball home comfortably into the Coventry net.

Coventry being one of only two sides to beat Sunderland last season were finding it hard to deal with Sunderland’s midfield, who were dominant throughout. Furness, Ramshaw and Gutteridge came close before
Sunderland conceded a penalty in the 75th minute after Bragg was brought down in the area and Coventry’s influential number 8 Dermody slotted home to give some hope for the home side.

But the Lady Sky Blues couldn’t build on their goal, and with Williams, Mead and Furness all coming close they were lucky to still only to be three goals down.

As the game entered the closing stages Kelly McDougall killed the game as she scored Sunderland’s fourth and final goal of the game to emphasise the dominance of the reigning champions and consolidate top spot in the National Premier League.


Boss Mick Mulhern expressed his delight on the girls’ performance “We were given a tough test today. Not many win at Coventry. The players rose to the challenge and we thoroughly deserved the 3 points and I’m delighted”


Sunderland....Laws, Christon (Holmes) Bannon, Wilson, Greenwell, Furness, McDougall, Gutteridge, Ramshaw, Williams, Mead (McFadden)

subs: Alderson, Caldwell, Salicki


Report by Dominic Hewitson.






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Sunderland Ladies overcame a difficult away fixture to romp to a 4-1 away win in the West Midlands, with goals from Keira Ramshaw, Beth Mead and two from Kelly McDougall. In doing so the Lady Black Cats consolidated top spot in the National Premier League

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