This game today was my 70th of the season, and my 100th consecutive game without a 0-0. It was actually at Eppleton when I last saw a 0-0 – Sunderland West End vs Gateshead Leam Rangers in the Durham Trophy final in March. Most women’s games have next to no bookings or red cards. However, from my experience, when there is a card first dished out, there are always a few more to follow. There are either none or quite a few. It’s never just one or two bookings. That was evident at this game today with a few yellow cards, and it looked to be the case at Durham Women’s game down at Tottenham today where both sides were reduced to 10. For the first half, Paul Charnock, a referee I know from Peterlee, was watching the game behind the goal. I spoke to him on my way round to the far side. In the second half, I looked to the far side to see that he was now running the line! That was because the other assistant picked up a groin injury going into half-time.
Sunderland Ladies exit FA Cup at hands of Fylde
Sunderland Ladies were knocked out of the Women’s FA Cup with a 1-3 defeat at home to Fylde Ladies on Sunday afternoon.
Danielle Young’s free-kick put Fylde ahead in the 13th minute, and Sophie Charlton extended Fylde’s lead shortly before the break.
Katie Barker reduced the deficit for Sunderland with 15 minutes to play, but Emily Hollinshead’s strike late on ensured Fylde booked their spot in the third round of the Women’s FA Cup.
Allison Cowling replaced Sophy Stonehouse in goal for Sunderland, while there was a place on the bench for new signing Niamh McLaughlin.
Sunderland were forced into a change in the warm up as Megan Beer pulled up injured. Erika Warren came into the starting XI in Beer’s spot.
Both sides attacked from the off, but all early chances were thwarted by both sets of defence.
Emily Hutchinson did drag an effort wide for Sunderland early on, but that proved to be it until the 13th minute when Fylde took the lead. Captain Young took responsibility of a 25-yard free-kick. Despite getting a hand on it, Cowling was unable to prevent Young’s fine free-kick from finding the net.
Hollinshead teed up Hollie Kelsh for the visitors a minute later, but her effort failed to find the target.
In the 21st minute, a crucial challenge prevented Sunderland from equalising. Georgia Gibson’s superb dinked ball played Bridget Galloway in, but a fine challenge from Olivia Fuller denied an almost certain goal.
Good pressing from Sunderland forced Fylde into a loose pass in the 25th minute. Sunderland worked the ball to Gibson who in turn found Keira Ramshaw. She took aim from 20 yards, but her effort was deflected into the hands of Brittany Jackson.
Just before the half hour mark, Gibson’s cross found Louise Griffiths at the back post for Sunderland, but her stooped header was agonisingly wide.
Ten minutes later, a harsh free-kick gave Fylde a chance in a dangerous position. The free-kick dropped to Charlton in the penalty area, but a fine save from Cowling kept her at bay.
In the 42nd minute, Fylde had goalkeeper Jackson to thank for keeping them ahead. Hutchinson snatched possession inside the Fylde penalty area, but a fine save from Jackson prevented Hutchinson. Not only did Jackson save Hutchinson’s original effort, but she was also equal to Hutchinson’s rebound.
And, Fylde went up the other end and doubled their lead. Hollinshead’s original effort was saved by Cowling, but Charlton was there to convert the rebound.
Following the break, Galloway drove forward for the hosts before finding Ramshaw. She tried her luck from an acute angle, and only the post prevented the Sunderland skipper of a goal.
Ramshaw then fired a free-kick wide of the top corner, before Kelsh’s long-range effort at the other end was never going to trouble Cowling.
Jordan Atkinson then fired harmlessly over for Sunderland, before Young forced Cowling into a save in the Sunderland goal.
Although they were two goals behind, Sunderland weren’t exactly being outplayed.
Thirteen minutes from time, Hollinshead look to warp up the win for Fylde. The Welsh international opened fire from 20 yards, but it didn’t have the power to trouble Cowling.
The game wasn’t over though, and that was shown when Barker halved Sunderland’s deficit in the 78th minute. She looked to pick out a red and white shirt with a cross, but her ball was on target and Jackson could only punch it into her own net.
Just two minutes later after halving the deficit, Sunderland could have been level. However, a good save from Jackson denied the Lady Black Cats from close-range.
Five minutes from time, Fylde could have wrapped up the win. Georgia Stevens was in on goal after a bit of loose defending, but a good save from Cowling prevented Stevens.
Mollie Lambert, Barker and Galloway all had efforts come to nothing as Sunderland searched for an equaliser, but Fylde went up the other end and wrapped up the win. Hollinshead drove towards goal before her fine effort found the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Sunderland kept plugging away though. Ramshaw hit the crossbar after beating a defender, before Barker sliced the rebound wide.
Despite late pressure, there was no reward for Sunderland who exited the Women’s FA Cup.
Full-time: Sunderland Ladies 1-3 Fylde Ladies
Next up for me is possibly Sunderland vs Notts County on Tuesday night.
Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Kemp, Warren, Griffiths, McCatty, Lambert, Gibson, Hutchinson (Barker, 57′), Atkinson (Young, 65′), Ramshaw (c), Galloway
Unused subs: Stonehouse, McLaughlin
Fylde Ladies: Jackson, Merrin, Forster, Fuller, Hollinshead, Kelsh, Hignett, Da Costa, Stevens, Young (c), Charlton (Hunter, 81′)
Unused subs: Wild, Turner, Myler
Admission: £4 adults, £2 concessions
Programme: Not today
Bottle of water: 90p
Referee: Givi Todua