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11 Mar 2012
Keynsham Town 1 Sunderland 5
Sunderland Ladies continued their fine form as they brushed aside their Southern Division opponents running out 5-1 victors in the sunshine and marching confidently into the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup.

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First half goals from Kelly McDougall, Natalie Gutteridge and Beth mead gave the Wearsiders a 3-1 lead while in the second half Mead grabbed her 2nd before Jordan Atkinson sealed the win with the 5th goal.

Sunderland started brightly and took the lead in the 3rd min, Beth Mead broke strongly but was upended inside the area. Kelly McDougall stepped up to slot home from the penalty spot, giving Sunderland the perfect start they were looking for. McDougall has scored in every round of the cup so far, a run that mirrors the clubs cup final season 3 years ago. The visitors continued to press forward and a sweeping move saw Steph Bannon play in Sophie Williams who crossed for Mead to set up Natalie Gutteridge who crashed home a superb half volley from 25yards. Keynsham came into the game and began to create a few chances of their own. In the 15th minute a speculative ball into the box was only partially dealt with by Rachel Laws and after a scramble, Becky Salicki cleared the danger. The home side again went close soon after when the ball broke to Polly Wardle who saw her volley rattle Sunderland’s post. This seemed to spark the Wearsiders back to life and they extended their lead in the 25th minute. Another sweeping move from back to front saw Bannon, Gemma Wilson and Nicola Devine combine to play in Williams who produced a pin point cross for Mead to get in between defence and keeper and slot home. Keynsham gave themselves some hope as they grabbed a goal in the 34th  minute following some sloppy play by Sunderland. McDougall’s loose pass was picked up in the middle and quickly played forward for Naomi Clipston to calmly slot home.

HT... Keynsham Town Ladies 1 vs 3 Sunderland Ladies

The Lady Black Cats got the second half underway and looked determined to up the tempo. They came close to stretching their lead from a Williams freekick but the referee spotted pushing in the box. Keysham earned an early corner and Laws came to claim but clashed with Rachel Lee and went down injured. The ball was heading goal wards but Williams was on hand to clear at the back post. Sunderland’s second half performance was much more disciplined with long spells of keep ball. An hour into the game Lee won a brave header on the half way line and took a nasty knock in the face for her efforts. The referee however played the advantage as Gutteridge picked it up and played a ball over the top for Mead who saw her lobbed effort beat the post as well as the keeper. As Sunderland pressed forward again a fine move between Bannon and Mead saw a goal bound effort blocked but the rebound fell kindly for Mead to fire home her 2nd and Sunderland’s 4th goal in the 62nd minute. Keysham pushed on again and never gave up but the Sunderland defence stood firm. As the home side began to tire the visitors began to explore the gaps and they killed the game off in the 87th minute. Lee sprayed the ball wide to Robin Chidester who went past her marker with ease before crossing for Jordan Atkinson to powerfully slot the ball into the back of the net.

FT... Keynsham Town Ladies 1 vs 5 Sunderland Ladies

A happy Mick Mulhern spoke after the game... 'It was a real test today against a team in form but we were very strong today defensively and took our chances. I'm delighted to be in the quarter finals for the second year running.'

Sunderland: Laws, Salicki, Bannon, Wilson, Devine, Ramshaw (Chidester), McDougall, Lee, Gutteridge, Williams, Mead (Atkinson)
Subs: McFadden, Greenwell, Furness.

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