A near full house witnessed the 8-0 demolition of Rovers who never gave up despite being totally outclassed from start to finish. Keira Ramshaw led the way with a hat trick while Beth Mead scored a brace with Kelly McDougall, Robin Chidester and Sophie Williams completing the scoring. The Lady Black Cats now face Leeds Utd Ladies in the Final at Northampton on May 6th.
Blackburn came out of the blocks sharply and created early pressure on the home defence but the danger was cleared. A quick break from Sunderland saw Keira Ramshaw bring the ball down the right and set Natalie Gutteridge away who in turn played in Rachel Furness to hit a strong shot which was well saved by Krystal Parker in the visitors goal. The Wearsiders took the lead in the 7th minute with a superb goal by the prolific Beth Mead. Ellie Christon brought the ball out of defence and as the ball was played into the middle Mead, with her back to goal, swivelled on the edge of the box and hit a half volley over the keeper into the roof the net. Becky Salicki headed narrowly over from a corner before Kelly McDougall headed over from a Sophie Williams cross as Sunderland began to turn the screw. Mead twice went close before the home side increased their lead in the 31st minute. McDougall and Gutteridge combined well through the middle to release Ramshaw who sidestepped her marker to slot home from inside the box. Sunderland were rampant and they killed the game off with a two goal burst in as many minutes. In the 37th minute Mead chased the ball down and as she broke into the box she was tripped and the referee pointed to the spot. McDougall stepped up and calmly slotted home the penalty. Barely had Rovers recovered before they conceded a fourth. Sunderland won possession from the restart and the ball was played over the top for Ramshaw to run onto and lift the ball over the keeper from the angle of the box.
HT...Sunderland WFC 4 vs 0 Blackburn Rovers LFC
Despite the scoreline Rovers again tried to pressure the home side from the off and to their credit their heads never dropped as the home defence repelled any threat. The Lady Black Cats again stepped up the pace and extended their lead after 57 minutes. McDougall received the ball from the busy Furness and split the visiting defence with a superb through ball for Williams to run and strike goalward. Parker could only parry the ball into the path of Mead who gleefully accepted the chance from close in. Furness, McDougall and Ramshaw combined well to set up Robin Chidester who shrugged off the defender but her shot was well saved by Parker. The sixth goal arrived after 65 minutes as Furness brought the ball through for McDougall to shoot but the effort was blocked only for Chidester to smash home the rebound. It was seven after 73 minutes as Chidester broke through the middle and the ball was switched across to the left for Williams to run clear and lift the ball cleverly over the advancing Parker and into the far corner of the net. The rout was completed in the final minute when persistence on the right by Chidester won the ball and as it was delivered into the middle Ramshaw reacted quickly to drive the ball home and complete her hat trick.
FT...Sunderland WFC 8 vs 0 Blackburn Rovers LFC
Sunderland...Laws, Christon, Salicki, Greenwell, Devine, Ramshaw, McDougall, Furness, Williams(Halliday), Gutteridge(Lee), Mead(Chidester).
Mick Mulhern wore a broad smile after the game as he spoke about the victory...We prepared very well for today and that was the key. We were excellent all over the pitch and Im delighted to be in another cup final. The girls deserve it after the work they have put in.
Sunderland WFC would like to say a big thank you for the fantastic support at the Hetton Centre and on their official twitter site www.twitter.com/swfccouk