Wolverhampton Wanderers Women 1-4 Sunderland AFC Ladies
Sunderland secured a spot in the FA Women’s National League Cup Third Round with a comfortable win over Wolves in a physical game.
The Lady Black Cats got off to a flyer, as Emily Hutchinson slotted home from a low cross by Jordan Atkinson after five minutes.
Keira Ramshaw had an opportunity to add to her impressive tally for the season, however could only fire her effort from the edge of the area into the side netting.
Centre back Grace McCatty almost got her first goal for the club 14 minutes in. Ramshaw’s corner ricocheted around in the penalty area before sitting up nicely for McCatty, but she shot straight into the arms of Katie Clarke in the Wolves goal.
Sunderland did get a second goal in the 28th minute. Anna Young scored her first for the club after some great football from her side. Ramshaw, Hutchinson and Atkinson were all involved before Bridget Galloway played a perfect pass for the run of Young, who fired in at the near post.
After a free-kick laden period following the goal, Sunderland had one final opportunity before the break. Ramshaw shot from outside the area, scuffing the effort. However it had Clarke scrambling as it rolled just wide of the left hand post.
Sunderland had all of the play at the start of the second half, and eventually made the pressure pay in the 58th minute. Atkinson crossed low into a dangerous area, where Clarke dived to push the ball away. However, she pushed the ball straight into Wolves skipper Natalie Widdal, diverting it into her own net.
Wolves almost pulled a goal back straight from a corner on the left. Faye Mullen was perfectly positioned to head clear from the line.
With 66 minutes played, Sunderland got a fourth. Hutchinson crossed low into the area from the left where it was turned in by Wolves’ Emma Cross, scoring the hosts second own goal of the afternoon.
Galloway could have had a goal of her own two minutes later, taking a fantastic first touch to control a high ball in the box. However, she poked at the ball with her right foot and the ‘keeper collected easily.
With 18 minutes to go, Wolves got a goal. Substitute Charlotte Criddle volleyed home from a corner.
The hosts could have had another with eight minutes to play, this time Meg Beer made the vital block on the line to deny Lowri Walker a goal.
After these scares Sunderland finished the game strong, creating several chances. Hutchinson and Katie Barker each fired shots into the side netting and Galloway had a shot saved by Clarke in the final five minutes.
However, The Lady Black Cats couldn’t add to their three goal cushion before full-time. A solid performance against physical opposition sees Sunderland progress in the FAWNL Cup.
Sunderland Ladies: Stonehouse, Beer, McCatty, Griffiths, Mullen, Atkinson (Gibson 87’), Lambert, Young, Ramshaw, Hutchinson (Barker 87’), Galloway
Subs not used: Skull, Stewart, Kemp