Mick Mulhern was beaming with pride following yet another exceptional week for Sunderland Ladies.
On Sunday the Lady Black Cats re-established their four point lead at the top of the FAWSL 2 table, as goals from Steph Bannon, Sophie Williams, Keira Ramshaw and Rachel Furness sealed a 4-0 win over Millwall Lionesses.
The weekend was capped off by striker Beth Mead, who netted a stunning strike in England’s 1-1 draw with Mexico at the U20 World Cup in Canada.
Speaking to SAFC.com, team manager Mulhern expressed his pride at seeing Mead light up the international stage.
“I’m very proud of her and it is was a typical Beth goal. She may not have scored many like it this season but last year she scored loads, turning inside with a lovely nutmeg before hitting it early.
“I hope she can do it again once or twice more in their final game on Wednesday night.”
Mulhern continued by praising the Lady Black Cats who, despite Mead’s absence, continued to score at will in the FAWSL 2.
“Ultimately we want to take the pressure off Beth’s shoulders anyway, even when she is here.
“The positive is that Sophie [Williams] has gone up there as a number nine, which is a position she hasn’t played since Beth’s arrival, and she has done very well.
“She took her goal magnificently and it is good that everybody else is weighing in with goals, it is great for them personally and it is great for the team.”
Mulhern also admitted his satisfaction at watching the Wearsiders demonstrate what they have learnt on the training ground, by showcasing it on the pitch.
I’m absolutely delighted,” he beamed. “It’s really nice when things you work on in training come off.
“We had two really sessions on Tuesday and Thursday looking ahead to the game, and when the things you talk about come off you have got to be pleased.
“The girls were magnificent on Saturday.”