28 Aug 2011
Watford 2 Sunderland 8

They didn�t have it all their own way to begin with, as Watford settled first playing some nice passing football. But from a loose ball, Kelly McDougall found Beth Mead with a long ball wide on the right, only to be ruled offside. Watford continued to press early on, but couldn�t breakdown the Sunderland defence. Gemma Wilson broke up a Watford attack from Sarah Wiltshire, but Wilson read the danger and put in a great tackle.


Abby Holmes pressed forward down the right and found Beth Mead in a good position who was pulled down in the Watford box by Captain Cori Daniels. Sunderland thought it was a stone wall penalty, but the referee thought differently.


Sunderland started to settle, finding their passing game, as Rachel Furness went on a run finding Beth Mead who lost her marker on the right, and cut inside at the by-line but couldn�t find help. Watford continued to go forward with a diagonal ball from Brooke Nunn which was met by Sarah Wiltshire, then tapped in at close range by Megan Wynne.  The equaliser came really quickly from the restart when Beth Mead on the right, squared the ball to Natalie Gutteridge, to score in the bottom left corner.  


Watford�s Brooke Nunn gave a through ball to Sarah Wiltshire who fired over the crossbar from far out, but Sunderland pressed forward and won a corner.  A scramble in the goal mouth found Beth Mead whose shot was stopped by the keeper at close range. From a loose ball in the centre, Lois Roche picked up the ball and unleashed a 35 yard screamer into the top corner of the net to make it 2�1.


Again Sunderland began to press from the restart and Sophie Williams struck hard past the diving Watford keeper, Michelle Beazley. 2- 2. A floated free kick by Kelly McDougall was volleyed home by Beth Mead. 2 - 3.  A power header by Rachel Furness forced another fine save by Beazley just before half time.


HT� Watford 2 � 3 Sunderland


Into the second half, Nicola Devine stopped a Watford attack with a fine tackle in the Sunderland box.  The Lady Black Cats continued to dominate as Natalie Gutteridge let fly a shot which was tipped over the bar by the keeper.  From a corner ball, Rachel Furness fired in a bullet header to make it 2 � 4. A shot from the edge of the box by Beth Mead was goal number 5.  Watford continued to look dangerous but Sunderland took hold again when Sophie Williams crossed for Keira Ramshaw to volley just over the bar.  A good save by Helen Alderson followed from a Watford corner when Cori Daniels headed from close range.  From another Sunderland attack, Kelly McDougall was found unmarked on the 18 yard line and fired home to make it goal number 6.


Sunderlands 7th goal, was from a Keira Ramshaw corner, who found Rachel Furness on the back post to head home. 2 � 7.  Then Jordan Atkinson rounded the keeper to fire home into an empty net. 


FT� Watford 2 � 8 Sunderland.


�It was a fantastic performance today.� said Sunderland Manager Mick Mulhern.  �If I�m being harsh, I was a little disappointed with the two we conceded, but the attitude and response to equalise in both cases, was immediate. The third goal came just before half time and we were able to refocus on our jobs for the second half.  The second half display was fantastic and it�s obviously pleasing to start off our season with a win." 


Sunderland: Alderson, Holmes (Christon), Wilson (Greenwell), Salicki, Devine, Furness, McDougall, Ramshaw, Williams, Gutteridge, Mead (Atkinson).  Subs not used: Laws, Halliday, McFadden, Caldwell


Sunderland's next match, is their first league home game against Barnet Ladies, last seasons Women's Premier League Cup winners.


Come and support Sunderland Women at their next match... 



Sunday 4 Sept 2011

The Hetton Centre (Eppleton CW), Hetton le Hole

Kick-off 1.00pm.

Admission: Adults �3   U16s & Over 65s �1


The reigning Premier League Champions kicked off their new 2011/2012 season with an impressive 8-2 away win at Watford today.
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Sophie Williams, Rachel Furness and Kelly McDougall, celebrate Sunderland's goal
Sunderland warm up at Northwood FC - photo Cindy Christon