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16 March 2012
Sheffield 0 Sunderland 4
Sunderland Ladies progressed to the knockout stage of the FA League Cup at the expense of Sheffield Ladies in their mid week clash at the BT Stadium.


The Wearsiders showed their Premier League class putting four goals past their Yorkshire rivals without reply. Kiera Ramshaw gave the visitors a half time lead while further goals from Natalie Gutteridge, Ramshaw and Rachel Furness in the second half ensured the result was never in doubt.


A reshuffled Sunderland side started slowly and Kiera Ramshaw had the first effort of note after 10 minutes as her shot on goal went narrowly wide. As Sunderland got into their stride Rachel Furness, Natalie Gutteridge and Beth Mead went close to breaking the deadlock. The visitors began to take control with further efforts from Furness and Sophie Williams going close. As the Wearsiders continued to press forward they finally took a well deserved lead just before the break when the ball broke through the middle for Mead to pull the ball back for Ramshaw to strike firmly into the net. Moments later following a fine spell of possession Gutteridge released Mead on goal and although her effort beat the keeper it rolled agonisingly wide of the post.

HT...Sheffield LFC  0 vs 1  Sunderland WFC

The Lady Black Cats continued to dominate as Gutteridge and Williams had early efforts beaten away. Vicky Greenwell also went close before Ramshaw again tested the home keeper. Sunderland extended their lead in the 55th minute as Williams twisted and turned the Sheffield defence before pulling the ball back for Gutteridge to crash the ball high into the net. The home side had no answer to the strong running of Williams as she ran riot down the wing and produced cross after cross creating numerous chances for the visitors. Midway through the half Jordan Atkinson combined well with Williams who picked out Ramshaw to slot home from close in to virtually kill the game. Williams almost got the reward her positive play deserved in the 80th minute as she broke free and rounded the defence before smashing her effort against the crossbar. Five minutes from time the game was over as Sunderland grabbed their fourth of the evening. The ball was switched to the right for Gutteridge to play in Rachel Furness who crashed in a fine volley from 20 yards out.

FT...Sheffield LFC  0 vs 4  Sunderland WFC

Mick Mulhern was pleased with the performance saying...'We played Some lovely football at times but probably the most pleasing aspect was the fact we kept things simple which made us very effective .'

Sunderland: Laws, Christon, McDougall, Wilson, Greenwell, Lee, Furness, Gutteridge, Ramshaw (Chidester), Williams (Devine), Mead (Atkinson).


A brace for Sunderland's Keira Ramshaw