I didn’t think I was going to get to this game today. I thought I would have to settle for just the Durham Women game so getting to this one too was a bonus. Much alike when they were both at home a few weeks ago, I had to leave Durham Women a couple of minutes before full-time (missed injury time) to get to this game on time. It’s only about 12 minutes in a car so it’s doable when Durham are at home at 12 and Sunderland are at home at 2. Durham’s game today brought me a new team in the way of Crystal Palace, and this game today brought me a new team in the form of Nottingham Forest.
Sunderland Ladies cruise to victory over Nottingham Forest
Sunderland Ladies cruised to an emphatic 8-0 win over Nottingham Forest Ladies at Eppleton CW on Sunday afternoon.
Keira Ramshaw collected a first half hat-trick, and an Emily Hutchinson brace added to Sunderland’s tally.
Bridget Galloway, Anna Young and Faye Mullen were also on the scoresheet to give Sunderland an emphatic win.
Sunderland couldn’t have hoped for a better start. With just two minutes and 40 seconds on the clock, Hutchinson picked out Ramshaw whose fine finish picked out the bottom corner.
Still inside four minutes, Ramshaw collected her second. Good work from Jordan Atkinson allowed her room to find Ramshaw, and the Sunderland skipper made no mistake in slotting home.
Rebecca Thomas saved Galloway’s seventh minute shot, but there was nothing she could do about Sunderland’s next chance. Galloway was fouled in the penalty area and the forward dusted herself down to put the ball high in the net from the penalty spot.
Forest could have reduced to deficit in the 13th minute. Viktoria Adam was played in on goal, but a good save from Sophy Stonehouse prevented the Forest forward.
Ramshaw fired wide from long-range as she looked for her hat-trick, before a quiet period saw the game settle down.
In the 25th minute, great play from Mollie Lambert found Ramshaw. She played a quick one-two with Atkinson before her shot was parried. Galloway turned the rebound into the net, but she was ruled offside.
Francesca Wilson then forced a save from Stonehouse.
Seconds later, Sunderland added a fourth. A kind bounce gave Young a chance, and she slotted home for her second in two games.
Grace McCatty had the ball in the net for the Lady Black Cats in the 28th minute, but a softly awarded free-kick ruled McCatty’s goal out.
Galloway fired wide before Sunderland’s fifth came seven minutes before half-time. A superb Ramshaw free-kick from the edge of the D bolted into the net to give Thomas no chance.
It was six two minutes later. Young’s superb ball over was matched by Hutchinson’s first touch, and she slotted through the legs of Thomas to make it 6-0.
Ramshaw had another effort saved shortly before the break, before Atkinson’s long-range effort was pushed behind for a corner.
Yet another Ramshaw effort looked to have crossed the line from the resulting corner, but the referee said no.
Following the break, Atkinson went close inside the opening 30 seconds.
Galloway and Lambert both had further chances before Mullen made it seven in the 57th minute. Young’s perfectly weighted ball played Mullen in, and her cool finish made it seven.
Further efforts from Galloway and Lambert were saved by Thomas as time wore on.
Although they weren’t quite as intense as the first half, Sunderland were still dominating the second half.
Halfway through the second half, Hutchinson made it eight. Galloway’s good run down the wing was matched by her equally good cross. It found Hutchinson whose volley nestled into the net.
Ramshaw and Galloway were then denied by Thomas, but at 8-0, it didn’t really matter.
Katie Barker hit the post for Sunderland in the 78th minute, and Ramshaw’s rebound forced a good save from Thomas.
Although she had little to do, Sunderland ‘keeper Stonehouse did what she had to do well. In the 82nd minute, a good strong save from Stonehouse prevented a powerful Lyndsey Harkin free-kick.
Hutchinson fired over late on, and Ramshaw had an effort saved.
Had Sunderland been more clinical, it certainly would have been double figures, but the Lady Blacks Cats will be more than happy with an 8-0 win.
Full-time: Sunderland Ladies 8-0 Nottingham Forest Ladies
Next up for me is Sunderland RCA vs Sunderland U23s on Tuesday.
Sunderland Ladies: Stonehouse, Kemp, Beer, McCatty, Mullen (Stewart, 57′), Young, Ramshaw (c), Lambert, Hutchinson, Atkinson (Barker, 69′), Galloway (Gibson, 76′)
Unused subs: Griffiths, Cowling
Nottingham Forest Ladies: Thomas, Harkin, Darby (c), Griffin, Hewitt, Walters, Lee (Dicken, 59′), Sanderson, Munn (Middleton, 59′), Adam (Constantinou, 59’), Wilson
Unused sub: Hallam
Admission: £4 adults, £2 concessions
Cheeseburger, chips and can of Pepsi: £5.80