The Lady Black Cats produced yet another emphatic and clinical performance to demolish their Welsh counterparts 70. Kelly McDougall (4), Beth Mead, Gemma Wilson and Rachel Lee scored the goals to send Sunderland into the 5th Round where they will be joined by the Super League Teams.
After a cautious opening Sunderland took the lead in the 6th minute following a break down the right. As the ball came over Beth Mead was upended in the box and Kelly McDougall calmly slotted home from the spot. The lead was doubled 11 minutes later when Natalie Gutteridge clipped the ball over the Cardiff defence for McDougall to lob the keeper and finish off a superbly crafted attack. In the 40th minute a solo run from Rachel Lee saw her toy with Cardiff left back before cutting into the box and slotting the ball home. At 3-0 down, Cardiff became very direct and used the sun to their advantage, lofting the ball high into the box at every opportunity. Despite the pressure Sunderland kept their shape and the defence of Becky Salicki, Steph Bannon, Gemma Wilson and Vicki Greenwell held strong. After increasing the tempo, Sunderland came close to a fourth goal. Keira Ramshaw and Salicki combined on the right but the cross was just too long for Gutteridge. The Wearsiders continued to press and they got their reward in injury time when Lee split the defence to release Beth Mead who twisted inside before powering the ball past a helpless Cardiff keeper.
HT... Cardiff 0-4 Sunderland
Sunderland began the second in a positive mood and won an early corner. The ball was swung in from Nicola Devine and was scrambled clear but Gutteridge was alert and played it back in for Gemma Wilson to hit a powerful shot into the back of the net. Cardiff did not have an answer to Sunderlands total dominance and a period of keep ball resulted in a break down the left and as Mead broke into the box she was taken down for a second penalty. McDougall again stepped up and slotted the spot kick into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance. The scoring was completed in the final minute following a strong run from Robin Chidester. The ball was only partially cleared and McDougall was first to react to hit home a superb low volley and leave Cardiff well beaten and thoroughly dejected.
FT... Cardiff 0-7 Sunderland
A jubilant Mick Mulhern said after the game...It was an excellent team performance today. From back to front everyone did their jobs very well and I'm delighted.
Sunderland...Laws, Salicki(Christon), Bannon, Wilson, Greenwell(Williams), Devine, Ramshaw(Chidester), Kelly McDougall, Lee, Gutteridge, Mead.