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19 Feb 2012
Sunderland 8 Rotherham 0
Sunderland Ladies finally managed to play their twice postponed FA Cup 3rd round tie against Rotherham at Hetton on Sunday.

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The Wearsiders brushed aside their Yorkshire opponents running out 8–0 victors in the sunshine and they now face a long trip to Cardiff next weekend in the 4th round. Two first half goals from Beth Mead along with strikes from Kelly McDougall, Gemma Wilson and Steph Bannon meant the game was well won by half time. Mead grabbed her third in the second half while further goals from Nicola Devine and Keira Ramshaw completed the scoring.


Sunderland showed their intentions from the off as they took the lead after just 36 seconds without an opponent touching the ball. Keira Ramshaw broke down the right and brought in the overlapping Abby Holmes who slipped the ball inside for Beth Mead to turn and shoot into the far corner of the goal. Paige Crossman and Stacey Aisthorpe linked well for the visitors as they broke through but Helen Alderson smothered the danger. Mead went close before Vicky Greenwell ran almost the length of the field as she set up Rachel Lee to volley narrowly over. The home side increased their lead in the 19th minute as Gemma Wilson and Steph Bannon played the ball out of defence and Kelly McDougall picked it up to release Mead who confidently beat the advancing Whiteley. It was 3-0 after 24 minutes when following a right wing corner from Sophie Williams, Wilson rose highest to firmly head home. Just a minute later it was four as Sunderland won a free kick on the angle of the 18 yard box. McDougall took the kick and placed it perfectly into the top right hand corner. The fifth goal arrived in the 31st minute following another right wing corner from Williams, as the ball reached the middle there was panic in the Rotherham defence and Bannon was on hand to steer the ball home from close in. Then on the stroke of half time Natalie Gutteridge saw her header cleared off the line.

HT...Sunderland WFC  5 vs 0  Rotherham Utd LFC

The Lady Black Cats showed no sign of letting up as the second half began. A ball in from the right saw Gutteridge sidestep her marker and bring a smart save from Whiteley. Moments later Gutteridge was again denied by the busy Rotherham keeper following a free kick. Sunderland did score again though in the 55th minute when Wilson cleared the ball for McDougall and Lee to combine and set up Ramshaw whose effort was beaten out by the keeper but Mead was on hand to score from the rebound and complete her hat trick. Then Ramshaw went clear down the right before playing in the overlapping Greenwell who turned inside to hit a goal bound shot which Whiteley tipped over the bar.  Nicola Devine came off the bench to score within a minute of her arrival after latching onto a McDougall through ball to slot under the advancing keeper and make it 7-0 after 67 minutes. The scoring was completed in the 74th minute when the ball broke forward for Ramshaw to go through on goal and confidently beat Whiteley.


FT...Sunderland WFC  8 vs 0  Rotherham Utd LFC


Sunderland...Alderson, Holmes(Salicki), Bannon, Wilson, Greenwell, Ramshaw, Lee, McDougall, Williams(Devine), Gutteridge, Mead(Chidchester).

Subs (not used)..McFadden, Furness, Atkinson.


Boss Mick Mulhern spoke after the game...”I was delighted with the performance today. The girls did the right things most of the time and that was pleasing. It’s a while before we play again in the league so it’s important we try and have a good run in the cups. This is a good start”.




Sunderland Reserves will be taking part in a charity match in aid of Sport Relief on Sunday (19 Feb), when their opponets will be staff from Sports Direct.  The game takes place at Leyburn Grove, kick-off 7pm.  Come along and show your support for what should be a great night. 



Charity Match in Aid of Sport Relief

Sun 19 Feb, kick-off 7pm

Leyburn Grove, Houghton le Spring, Durham.  DH4 5EQ

All Welcome


RESULTS: Sun 19 Feb, 2012

FA WOMEN’S CUP (Third Round) 
Aston Villa 0-2 Coventry City
Barnet 8-0 Peterborough Northern Star
Brighton 4-2 Hove Albion v Havant & Waterlooville
Charlton Athletic 3-1Bradford City
Derby County 4-2 West Ham United
Enfield Town 2-0 MSA
Larkhall Athletic 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur (after pens)
Nottingham Forest 0-3 Blackburn Rovers
Portsmouth 1-3 Sheffield FC Ladies
Sporting Club Albion 3-0 Reading
Sunderland 8-0 Rotherham United
Watford 1-6 Leeds United

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