Stephanie Bannon

Bannon: We can't wait

by Adam Capper

Ladies Skipper previews tonight's season opener.

Sunderland AFC Ladies begin a new era this evening when they take on Durham Women in the opening game of their maiden FA Women’s Super League campaign.

The Lady Black Cats had won the Women’s Premier League in their last three consecutive seasons before securing a place in the newly formed second tier of the WSL.

That transition has meant the ladies have been without a league game since May and captain Steph Bannon says the girls are glad that the wait is finally over:

“We’re very excited, we’ve been waiting for almost nine months now, which has felt like forever and a day, so we’re just ready to get going now and we can’t wait for it to happen tonight.”

Sunderland, who are amongst the favourites to take the WSL 2 title this season, take on Durham at New Ferens Park this evening (April 17) at 7.30pm.

Bannon admits that she doesn’t know what to expect from the fellow WSL debutants: “We don’t know a lot about them to be to be honest, I think they’re a bit of an unknown quantity in this league but that doesn’t affect us and we’ll go into this game just as we would go into any other game, giving it our best shot.”

Sunderland will also entertain Reading Ladies on Sunday when they visit the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground in Hetton and Bannon and her team mates are excited by the new challenge.

“It means everything to us, obviously to now be about to compete at that level is fantastic for and it’s a huge achievement by everyone at the football club who have got us here, now we’ve just got to go out and make the most of our opportunity playing in the Super League.”