Ladies game abandoned

by Kate Smith

Injury mars Ladies return to action.

Sunderland Ladies were back in action after the Christmas break to face a strong Manchester City Ladies at the Hetton Centre on Sunday.

In an entertaining game played at a furious pace Sunderland dominated from the start but found themselves a goal down following a rare City breakaway mid way through the first half.

The second period continued in a similar manner with the Lady Black Cats laying siege to the Manchester goal before the visiting keeper suffered a serious knee injury with 10 minutes remaining.

A long delay followed and such was the seriousness of the situation that the game was abandoned to be replayed at a later date.  

The home side set their stall out from the off and soon had City on the back foot with Bannon, Furness and Mead combining to set up Ramshaw who crashed a header crashed against the bar.

Greenwell, Gutteridge and McDougall had all gone close when out of the blue the visitors grabbed the lead with their first meaningful attack in the 28th minute.

Up until this point Laws had been a virtual spectator in the Sunderland goal but a quick break caught the home defence short of numbers as the ball was swept across the face of the goal and Johnston poked it home at the far post.

Sunderland poured forward again and Ramshaw, Mead and Gutteridge were unlucky not to equalise as City held on to their lead at the break.

The second half continued in the same manner with the visitor’s goal bearing a charmed life throughout.

As shots rained in from Ramshaw, Mead, McDougall and Joice, City rarely managed to get out of their own half but their danger on the break was still a threat as they saw a rare effort come back off the bar before a timely tackle from Salicki averted any real danger from former Sunderland striker Danby.

Further attempts from Williams and Ramshaw went close and it seemed only a matter of time before an equaliser would arrive when the City keeper stayed down as she challenged Holmes for a loose ball.

The visiting stopper was in obvious distress and after medical attention at the scene an ambulance was called.

Unfortunately after a delay of well over half an hour the referee had no alternative but to abandon the game.

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

Subs: Alderson, Atkinson, Christon, Sutcliffe.