Having done Middlesbrough Women vs Sunderland Ladies on Wednesday night, I opted against Sunderland vs Accrington Stanley on Friday night. At the time I thought I may go to the Gillingham game on Tuesday but that’s unlikely. For those who don’t know, I’m going to Dusseldorf on Wednesday morning with University. The best thing about it is that Wednesday is also my 21st birthday! We’re going to Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Krasnodar on Thursday night, and we’re also having a tour of Dortmund’s ground on Thursday afternoon.
Sunderland Ladies defeat Hull City
Sunderland Ladies got back to winning ways with a 6-2 win over Hull City Ladies at Eppleton CW on Sunday afternoon.
Hope Knight put Hull into a surprise 12th minute lead, but Keira Ramshaw pulled Sunderland level in the 26th minute.
Harley Skinner regained Hull’s lead on the half hour mark, but further goals from Ramshaw and Bridget Galloway put Sunderland ahead at the break.
Maria Farrugia scored her first goal for Sunderland in the second half, and Ramshaw completed her hat-trick.
Katie Barker scored Sunderland’s sixth of the afternoon.
Sunderland attacked from the off and could have been ahead within 70 seconds. Georgia Gibson’s corner picked out Grace McCatty whose header bounced back off the crossbar.
Ramshaw then had an effort saved by Amy Halloran, and it took Hull five minutes just to get out of their own half.
However, with their first chance, Hull broke the deadlock. Knight stole possession from Gibson and charged down on goal before finishing well from 20 yards.
Despite being behind, Sunderland continued to look the brighter side, and the woodwork came to Hull’s saviour again in the 13th minute when Galloway’s effort bounced back off the post.
In the 20th minute, there was almost only two touches from Sunderland working the ball from their own penalty area to Hull’s net. Allison Cowling’s long ball gave Niamh McLoughlin a chase and she latched onto it to send a lobbed effort just over the crossbar.
Six minutes later, Sunderland pulled level. McCatty’s long ball over the top gave Ramshaw a chase and her first time effort picked out the near bottom corner.
However, a clinical Hull soon regained their lead. A corner was cleared as far as Harley Skinner whose deflected effort nestled into the net.
Crucial defending from Amelia Kemp prevented Hull of a possible third soon after, before McCatty had a header saved for the hosts.
Sunderland equalised for a second time in the 40th minute. Ramshaw looked to curl a cross into the penalty area, but it took a wicked deflection and bounced into the bottom corner.
Shortly before the break, the lady Black Cats took the lead. Gibson’s free-kick was chested down by McCatty whose effort was parried. However, Galloway was quickest to react to prod home and put Sunderland in control.
Galloway and Ramshaw both had further efforts saved before the break.
Following the break, Ramshaw had an early chance for Sunderland. She peeled off her marker to get a header away, but it was narrowly too high.
Almost 20 minutes of very little followed, before Sunderland added a fourth in the 65th minute. Ramshaw’s through ball played Farrugia in, and she finished well for her first goal in a Sunderland shirt.
Only two minutes later, Ramshaw collected her hat-trick. The Sunderland skipper cut in from the right before drilling an effort in off the post.
Hull did create a couple of chances after conceding the fifth, and there was also chances for Katie Barker and Galloway.
Sunderland’s sixth and final goal of the afternoon came in the 79th minute. Farrugia’s good work picked out Barker, and she curled an effort into the far top corner.
Following a tricky first half, Sunderland’s class showed in the second half and they claimed a comfortable win.
Full-time: Sunderland Ladies 6-2 Hull City Ladies
Next up for me is Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Krasnodar on Thursday night!
Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Warren, Kemp (Stewart, 85′), McCatty, Griffiths, Gibson, Lambert (Barker, 68′), McLaughlin, Farrugia, Ramshaw (c), Galloway (Atkinson, 80′)
Unused subs: Young, Beer
Hull City Ladies: Halloran, Oxley, Kay, Tanser, Symington (c), Westmorland, Russell, Knight, Skinner (Smith, 64′), Thompson, Beech (Blinkhorn, 75′)
Unused sub: Bott
Admission: £4 adults, £2 concessions
Referee: James Lowery