After a cautious early exchange the game burst into life midway through the first half when the Wearsiders grabbed two quick fire goals from skipper Steph Bannon, both following set pieces. This settled the nerves and put the home side into a commanding position. Soon after Sophie Williams made it 3-0 and Sunderland took their foot off the gas.

The home side could even afford to miss a penalty and strike the woodwork four times before Newcastle managed to pull a goal back in the second half to make the score line respectable in what was largely a one sided game.


A packed Hetton Centre was the stage for a game filled with drama, incident and footballing brilliance.

Prokofiev - Dance of the Knights bellowed across the terraces as the two sides walked onto the Hetton Park pitch.

With a brief shower before the game, the surface was perfect for this kind of fixture. The ground was buzzing as the two sides locked horns before embarking on a truly superb advert for Women’s football.

Newcastle pressured early on forcing a corner, which was dealt with by Laws.

Kelly McDougall guided a free kick into the grateful hands of the Newcastle goal keeper Laura Wareham, who was to have an eventful afternoon.

After the sides exchanged half chances, the first real effort came from the visitors Elizabeth Frazer, who hit a shot from almost 40 yards out, catching Laws off guard, but acrobatically managing to tip the ball over.

The game was flowing really well, and was turning into an excellent spectacle, as it began to become feisty, with hard but fair challenges from Bannon and Newcastle’s Frazer.

The first goal of the derby came fourteen minutes in, with Sunderland’s first corner, which was floated toward the back stick where Furness came charging in, only to hit the bar, but from a yard out Captain Bannon fired home.

1-0   to the home team, to the delight of the on looking contingent of Sunderland fans.

The home team had their tales up, and soon after Keira Ramshaw found space, but fired wide of the right hand post.

But as Sunderland searched for a second, the visitors broke, with the tricky Molly Collinson who found space wide left, and cut the ball back to Megan Piper who stumbled and the chance went begging.

More pressure from the lady Magpies resulted in a corner 22minutes in, Forster delivered close to Laws who spilled the ball on the line and as Newcastle tried to bundle the ball home Gutteridge cleared to shouts from the visitors that the ball had crossed the line.

The drama wasn’t over though, as  Gutteridge’s clearance landed to Mead who capitalised on a slip from Jess Havelock and was through on goal. But last season’s top scorer dwelled too long and the chance was lost.

But it wasn’t long before Sunderland grabbed their second of the afternoon, coming from Bannon once again.

A front post corner, spilled by Laura Wareham fell to the captain who fired home from close range once more, to put daylight between the teams.

But three minutes after their second, Sunderland made it three.

A superb through ball from Kelly McDougal, pierced the visitors defence, letting Williams run through on goal, and hit a cultured left footed strike into the corner of the net.

With the visitors pouring everything forward, on the 36th minute Sunderland broke, Rachel Furness once again at the heart of the counter attack, threaded a ball down the middle of the two centre backs, and into the path of the onrushing Sophie Williams, who rounded Wareham and attempted to slot the ball home, only for the sliding Michaela Sewell to inadvertently block the ball with her arm.

Referee Steve Longley pointed to the spot. After several minutes delay the resulting penalty from McDougall was placed just wide of the left hand up right.

Newcastle came out for the second half with a renewed vigour and after a good period of possession, a great ball over the top by Frazer found the tricky Jess Foster, who put the ball to the far post to an unmarked Collinson, who bravely flung herself at the ball and bundled it home from three yards.

3-1 the lady Magpies were back in the game.

Rachel Furness seemed determined to retain the three goal advantage, with several long range efforts and one bullet header just over the bar.

Newcastle seemed unable to break down a resilient Sunderland back line, headed by the impressive Steph Bannon, and couldn’t pull another goal back, despite the best efforts of Stacy Crooks .

Keira Ramshaw and Kelly McDougal both rattled the cross bar from just inside the box, as Sunderland searched for an elusive fourth, which would certainly put the game to bed.

Skipper Steph Bannon said ... “Overall it was a good win, obviously I’m delighted to get on the score sheet twice, personally I didn’t think the performance was good enough today, we’ll need to get on the training ground and get that sorted, but overall I’m happy to get through to the next round and we can’t complain at the end of the day”

Sunderland’s unbeaten start to the season in all competitions continues, to the delight of manager Mick Mulhern who spoke after the game;

“It was a typical derby game, and it was played in the right spirit. Newcastle made us work hard though I feel we could have killed the game off considering we missed a penalty and hit the woodwork four times. Getting the win was the most important thing today, and the unbeaten run continues which is obviously pleasing”

Sunderland.. Laws, Sutcliffe, Bannon, Salicki, Greenwell, Ramshaw, McDougall, Furness, Williams(Caldwell), Gutteridge(Chidester), Mead(Atkinson)

The Lady Black cats next league game is at home against Charlton Athletic on the 11th November, 1pm kick off at the Hetton Centre.

Report by Dominic Hewitson.


Attendance: 500


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