SWFC v Liverpool

Defender proud of ladies' efforts

by Ashley Houghton

Long-serving Wilson reflects on cup defeat.

Sunderland WFC defender Gemma Wilson says she was proud of her side’s effort as the Lady Black Cats went down 2-1 to Women’s Super League giants Liverpool in the Women’s FA Cup.

Iceland international Katrin Omarsdottir won it in the 86th minute for the visitors, who have invested heavily in their squad over the close season.

Wilson, now in her 11th year with the club, is the longest serving player for Mick Mulhern’s side and she told safc.com that the team should take great heart from taking Liverpool all the way at the Academy of Light last Sunday.

“Obviously it has been well documented that we’ve had a lot injuries but I thought the lasses that came in were absolutely fantastic - we’ve got very young squad but also a squad that is tightly knit,” she explained.

“It’s more like a family atmosphere around the place and I couldn’t be more proud of the lasses who came in and the lasses who are longer serving as well.”

The Lady Black Cats are currently waiting to find out if their bid to join the Women’s Super League next season has been successful.

And Wilson believes that is the next step for Mulhern’s side who have yet to taste defeat in the National Premier League this season.

“We’re all bitterly disappointed not to be in the next round of the cup because we worked as hard as we possibly we could, but obviously when people have careers and college and university we don’t get to train as much as we would like to as a squad.

“Personally I don’t think you would have known that had you watched the game today because I think we matched Liverpool quite nicely and I think we were very unlucky not to get into the next round of the cup.”

Wilson says the ladies must put the cup defeat to the back of their minds for the remainder of the season and concentrate on the League and their next game against Leeds United in the Premier League Cup semi-final.

“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.”