Seven up for ladies

by Stuart Vose

League leaders hammer Pompey.

Sunderland WFC 7 Portsmouth WFC 0

Sunderland’s ladies side are five points clear at the top of the National Premier League after demolishing Portsmouth with a scintillating seven-goal show.

Mick Mulhern’s team were six goals up at half time and added a further strike in the second period to round out a superb win at Eppleton CW.

As the scoreline suggests, Sunderland were dominant throughout with home keeper Rachael Laws a virtual spectator.

The goal rush began after just seven minutes when Keira Ramshaw beat Pompey keeper Sadie Blakely with a powerful drive.

Ramshaw then turned provider, teeing up Rachel Furness to find the back of the net with a fine effort from fully 25 yards.

Furness added her second goal of the match before Kelly McDougall’s cross was turned in by Ramshaw to make it 4-0 after just 32 minutes.

Beth Mead then got in on the act, beating half of the Portsmouth defence to drive the ball under the advancing keeper.

Sunderland were running riot and it was not surprise when the hosts made it a super half-dozen just before the break – Gutteridge and Mead combining to release McDougall to finish well.

The Lady Black Cats continued to create chances in the second period but there was to be only one further goal, which arrived just after the hour.

Mead cleverly beat her marker to cross from the left and Gutteridge headed in from close range to round off a fine victory.

Mulhern said afterwards: “I thought we were fantastic from back to front. Our decision-making was first class and we could have had a hatful.”

Sunderland: Laws, Holmes (Christon), Bannon, Salicki, Greenwell, Ramshaw, Furness, McDougall, Joice, Gutteridge (Atkinson), Mead.

Subs Not Used: Wilson, Caldwell, Chidester.