Sunderland WFC

Ladies remain on course

by Ashley Houghton

Lady Black Cats chalk up emphatic win in Wales.

Cardiff City Ladies 0 Sunderland WFC 4

Sunderland WFC celebrated the confirmation of their Women’s Super League status with a fine 4-0 win at Cardiff City.

Sarah McFadden scored twice for the Lady Black Cats either side of strikes from Beth Mead and Sophie Williams.

The win maintained Sunderland’s two-point cushion at the top of the FA Women’s Premier League.

Mick Mulhern’s side started well and went close to an early lead when Abbey Joice released Mead, but the division’s top scorer placed her effort the wrong side of the post.

The visitors got the breakthrough after 18 minutes following fine play by Williams, who played the ball forward for McFadden to smash a shot home.

Sunderland were largely dominant throughout and they extended their lead early in the second half; McFadden played a superb ball over the top for Mead who was first to react as she controlled well before firing the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

The Wearside outfit grabbed a third just after the hour mark when McFadden, who was faultless throughout, played a perfect ball forward to Williams who volleyed brilliantly into the top right of the goal.

The Lady Black Cats scored a fourth 15 minutes from time as McFadden battled her way past three Cardiff defenders before slotting home her second of the afternoon.

Ladies boss Mulhern was delighted with the way his side remained focussed on their title challenge despite the excitement of the recent Super League announcement.

“It’s been an exciting week with the Super League announcement,” Mulhern said.

“It was vital that we remained focused on the job in hand and today’s victory is another step nearer our main goal - I’m delighted.”

Sunderland: Laws, Beer, Bannon, Wilson, Greenwell, Ramshaw, McDougall, McFadden, Joice (Salicki), Williams, Mead (Atkinson).

Subs not used:  Holmes, Christon, Kelly.