I often have two games on a Sunday, but it’s very rare that Sunderland Ladies at 14:00 is the first of those two games. Today though, Sunderland Ladies were hosting Derby County at 14:00 and Hartlepool United were at home to Barnet at 16:30 because of BT Sports broadcasting the game live. Getting between the two games in that time was just about doable with a half hour trip from Hetton to Hartlepool. Alike many teams in this league, wasn’t sure what to expect from Derby County. I’m quite enjoying Sunderland being in this league actually as it’s bringing about plenty of unknown games and new teams for me. This game today meant I’ve now watched the men’s, women’s and under-21 teams of Derby County. I’ve actually watched Derby County’s men’s side a couple of times in the past few years, most recently at the start of last season when they visited Sunderland. I also watched them at Hartlepool in the FA Cup a couple of years ago. As for the under-21s, the only time I remember watching then was away to Middlesbrough at Hartlepool in 2015. To be honest, I thought I may have watched the under-21s more than once but it looks as though I haven’t.
Galloway hat-trick helps Sunderland Ladies overcome Derby County
Bridget Galloway scored a hat-trick as Sunderland Ladies claimed a 5-2 win over Derby County Ladies at Eppleton CW on Sunday afternoon.
Galloway’s header put Sunderland ahead in the 23rd minute, but Emily Joyce pulled Derby level five minutes later.
Mollie Lambert regained Sunderland’s lead on the half hour mark, and two second half strikes from Galloway added to Sunderland’s lead.
Cara Newton’s strike gave Derby a glimmer of hope, but Georgia Gibson made sure of the win for Sunderland in the 74th minute.
A quiet start saw few early chances. Sunderland were edging possession, but they weren’t creating any real chances.
The first chance didn’t come until the 16th minute. A Sunderland corner wasn’t fulled cleared by Derby, and the ball fell to Gibson. She drilled an effort from 18 yards, but it darted narrowly wide.
In the 20th minute, Keira Ramshaw’s deflected pass found Emily Hutchinson who slotted home but she was ruled offside.
Seconds later, Ramshaw and Galloway played a quick one-two with the former taking aim. A quick turn gave the Sunderland skipper a chance, but her effort was saved by Leah Kellogg.
Two minutes later, Sunderland took the lead. Ramshaw’s corner found Galloway on the penalty spot, and her powerful header looped over Kellogg to put the hosts ahead.
Ramshaw could have had a goal for herself just two minutes later. Jordan Atkinson burst down the wing and pulled the ball back for Ramshaw but her effort trickled narrowly wide.
Grace McCatty was next to try her luck for Sunderland. The former Durham defender turned her marker but her snapshot was saved.
In the 28th minute, Derby pulled level. Sophy Stonehouse’s good save pushed Newton’s effort behind for a corner, but the resulting corner found Joyce who headed home from close-range.
However,Derby weren’t level for long as Sunderland regained their lead in the 30th minute. It all started with Hutchinson’s good work out wide and the ball eventually found Atkinson. She teed up Lambert who drilled home from 18 yards.
Jodie Redgrave and Joyce both tried their luck to no avail as Derby looked for a response, before Andi Bell flicked a Newton cross wide in the 41st minute.
In first half injury time, Sunderland doubled their lead. A sloppy ball across of Derby’s goal gifted Ramshaw possession. Her long-range effort was saved by Kellogg, but Galloway was there to convert the rebound.
Following the break, it took Sunderland less than two minutes to add their fourth. Atkinson had an effort saved when one-on-one, but seconds later, Kellogg got a strong hand on Galloway’s effort only for it to trickle into the net anyway.
Following a quiet spell, Galloway had an effort in the 69th minute, while a great challenge prevented Bell at the other end following her superb touch.
Another Galloway effort failed to find the target with 20 minutes to play, before Derby’s second in the 73rd minute gave them a glimmer of hope. Newton was found in plenty of room on the right wing and she cut in before drilling an effort into the far bottom corner.
However, the hope was short lived as Sunderland regained their three goal cushion only a minute later. This time, it was a great strike from Gibson from 25 yards.
McCatty and Katie Barker both had late efforts saved for Sunderland, but it wouldn’t matter as the Lady Black Cats had already claimed the points.
Full-time: Sunderland Ladies 5-2 Derby County Ladies
Next up for me at the time of writing is probably Hartlepool United vs Gillingham on Wednesday.
Sunderland Ladies: Stonehouse, Kemp, Mullen (Warren, 83′), Griffiths, Ramshaw (c), Lambert, Galloway, Gibson, Atkinson (Barker, 70′), Hutchinson (Young, 70′), McCatty
Unused subs: Cowling, Skull
Derby County Ladies: Kellogg, Sims (Rachael Ball, 70′), Ward (c), Tait, Camilla Newton (Watson, 46′), Joyce, Smith, Ledgister (Barber, 46′), Redgrave, Cara Newton, Andi Ball
Unused subs: Morgan, Harrison
Admission: £4 adults, £2 concessions
Referee: Joe Pringle