Carlton Fairweather has lavished praise on Sunderland Ladies following their crucial FA Women’s Super League victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles on Thursday.

Two goals in five first-half minutes from Tori Williams and Abby Holmes saw the Lady Black Cats turn the game on its head after Mayumi Pacheco had given Belles the lead.

Beth Mead then failed to convert a penalty before Kelly McDougall handed the Lasses a two-goal cushion as they ended any hopes of a Belles comeback.

Maddie Hill rounded off the scoring with a snapshot in the closing stages, and speaking post-match Fairweather hailed his players’ efforts.

“We started off well, created some chances and caused them problems,” he said.

“The plan was to let their two centre backs come out with the ball and then win it from there.

“The most disappointing thing was that the goal we conceded was their first shot of the game but the girls showed great character to equalise and then to get themselves ahead.”

He continued: “It was fantastic because we kept working hard until we got out of sight. I’m proud of them for their efforts because it was a high pressure game and I thought they dealt with that.

“It was a great team performance and every player worked incredibly hard, that was really pleasing to see.”

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