Kelly McDougall

Ladies continue excellent start

by Stuart Vose

Ladies' goal tally hits 15 in four games.

Coventry WFC 1 Sunderland WFC 4

Sunderland’s ladies’ side made it four wins from four with a solid away victory at Coventry.

The Lady Black Cats, who have scored at least four goals in each of their games so far, never looked back after taking an early lead in the Midlands.

Kelly McDougall scored twice, while Beth Mead and Keira Ramshaw also found the back of the net.

Mick Mulhern’s reigning champions are the National Premier League’s form side and they were just too hot for Coventry to handle.

The hosts had an early goal ruled out for offside, but Sunderland soon regained their composure and took the lead when Ramshaw knocked home Mead’s cross.

Coventry created opportunities but couldn’t break through and Sunderland took advantage with a double blast just after the break.

A 25-yard screamer from McDougall doubled the visitors’ money before Mead – last season’s top scorer – beat three defenders and rounded the keeper to score in style.

Coventry reduced the arrears 15 minutes from the penalty spot 15 minutes from time, but McDougall popped up again late on to restore the three-goal advantage.

On this performance, and considering their results so far, the Lady Black Cats will take some stopping this season.

Manager Mulhern said afterwards: “Fifteen goals in three games is a great return. The goals were all of a very high standard – hopefully this run can continue.”

Sunderland: Laws, Christon (Holmes), Bannon, Wilson, Greenwell, Furness, McDonald, Gutteridge, Ramshaw, Williams, Mead (McFadden).