Bannon double sees off Newcastle.
Sunderland Ladies secured a 3-1 victory over local rivals Newcastle United in front of a big crowd at the Hetton Centre.
The reigning League Cup Trophy holders took further steps to defending their title with a deserved win over their north-east neighbours.
Steph Bannon opened the scoring for the home side after she pounced to fire home a rebound effort after Rachel Furness had been denied by the cross bar.
Minutes later the skipper was on target once again.
Stopper Laura Wareham failed to clear from a Sunderland corner and it fell into the path of the captain who slotted home from close range.
It wasn’t long before Sunderland made it 3-0 Kelly McDougal unleashed a superb through ball for Sophie Wiliams to latch onto and strike right into the corner of the net.
Following the break, the visitors had found a new lease of life and it wasn’t long before they grabbed a goal back.
After a good period of possession, playmaker Jess Foster put the ball across to the far post to pick out an unmarked Collinson, who threw herself at the ball and bundled it across the line.
However, that was the best it got for Newcastle as a resilient Sunderland gained back momentum in the game and held onto take the win and maintain their unbeaten start to the season in all competitions.
Following the game, a delighted Mick Mulhern said: ““It was a typical derby game, and it was played in the right spirit.
“Newcastle made us work hard though I feel we could have killed the game off considering we missed a penalty and hit the woodwork four times.
“Getting the win was the most important thing today, and the unbeaten run continues which is obviously pleasing”