Eppleton ties for Ladies on Sunday.
Sunderland WFC host Leeds United ladies in the semi-final of the Premier League Cup at Eppleton CW on Sunday.
Mick Mulhern’s side are the current holders of the competition having beat Sunday’s opponents in last season’s final.
The ladies tasted defeat for the first time in exactly 12 months last Sunday as they narrowly lost out to Women’s Super League giants Liverpool at the Academy of Light.
And despite Sunday’s defeat, Sunderland’s most senior player, Gemma Wilson, says the ladies are eager to concentrate on the rest of the season in order to finish well.
“The FA Cup was a bonus for us because we wanted to see how far we could get and test ourselves against the best teams in the country.
“Our bread and butter are the League Cup and the league; we’re still on course in those competitions and we’re still unbeaten for 19 months or so in the league.
“We have to take the positives and refocus because next week is another massive game for us in the semi-final against Leeds in the cup.”
Mulhern’s side are well aware of the threat Leeds possess after the Yorkshire side went close to ending the Lady Black Cats unbeaten run in February only for Beth Mead’s 89th minute equaliser to share the spoils.
Sunderland will be without Mead for the clash after the 18-year-old was called up by England U19’s for the Second Qualifying Round of the Women’s U19 European Championships in Lillestrom.
Kick-off for Sunday’s game is at 2pm and all support is welcomed at the Hetton Centre.