Blackburn Rovers Ladies 3-1 Sunderland Ladies
Sunderland fell to their second cup defeat in as many games, as Blackburn scored three second-half goals to progress to the FAWNL Cup Quarter-final.
The first half was a tactical battle, with neither side really troubling the ‘keepers. Blackburn saw most of the ball, looking for a way to utilise their two high scoring strikers, Saffron Jordan and Natasha Flint. Sunderland were looking to capitalise on Rovers committing high numbers up the field.
Within the first five minutes, both Jordan and Flint had been clean through on goal, but great challenges from Grace McCatty saw Jordan fire over the bar and Flint lose the ball to the Sunderland defender.
With a quarter of an hour played, Sunderland gave the ball away in midfield allowing Flint to run at goal. She shot from the edge of the area but her effort curled wide of the left-hand post.
Five minutes later, Sunderland countered after a Blackburn attack. Keira Ramshaw carried the ball forward before playing Bridget Galloway down the right. She cut the ball back into the box but it was cleared.
Neither side had an opportunity after that, with Sunderland defending well to keep the home side from properly testing Sophy Stonehouse.
Sunderland got off to an absolute flyer in the second half. Within a minute of the restart, Galloway’s cut back from the right was finished well by Emily Hutchinson at the back post to give The Lady Black Cats the lead.
Blackburn hit back eight minutes later. Flint played in a low cross from the left which Jordan finished off, finding a bottom corner with a first-time finish.
The hosts had a spring in their step after the goal. Alex Taylor broke into the box before shooting, but it was collected well by Stonehouse.
With 15 minutes remaining, Rovers took the lead. Flint was given too much time in the area, bringing the ball down and taking another touch before firing in of the right-hand post.
Flint wrapped the game up with nine minutes to go. She shifted the ball onto her left foot before firing into the top corner.
Mollie Lambert had a shot saved late on. Galloway teed the ball up for the midfielder but Danielle Gibbons collected easily.
Sunderland now just have the league to concentrate on, travelling to face Fylde Ladies next Sunday.
Sunderland Ladies: Stonehouse, Griffiths, McCatty, Kemp, Mullen (Warren 74’), Lambert, Young, Gibson (Barker 74’), Ramshaw, Hutchinson, Galloway
Subs Not Used: Cowling, Skull, Beer