Sunderland Ladies 5-0 Donacaster Rovers Belles Ladies
Sunderland commanded the game from the outset, with Keira Ramshaw having the first shot on target after three minutes. Emily Batty made the save at her near post to deny the Black Cats’ captain.
Bridget Galloway went close with seven minutes played, holding off defender Olivia Cook before shooting across goal, but once again, Batty dived low to her right to stop the shot.
Only a minute later Sunderland had their best chance of the opening exchanges. Jordan Atkinson went on a great run down the right before crossing. The cross was just too heavy for Ramshaw but fell to Emily Hutchinson at the back post, however she could only fire wide as she stretched to reach the ball.
Atkinson created another chance with 15 minutes played, crossing from the right for Galloway. She had her back to goal and teed up Georgia Gibson, however midfielder hit the shot straight at Batty.
Gibson fired wide a minute later, after she shot wide across goal from a rebound after Batty saved an effort from Hutchinson.
Galloway was played in behind the defence with half of the first period played. She went through one-on-one with Batty but shot straight at the ‘keeper. The rebound fell to Hutchinson with an empty net in front of her but she sliced her shot wide.
Sunderland eventually found their break through after 28 minutes. Ramshaw found the top corner with a great strike from way outside the area.
The second followed soon after. In the 32nd minute, Sunderland ‘keeper Sophy Stonehouse played Galloway in behind the defence, with the striker going on to hit the bar. The rebound was missed by Hutchinson but found Atkinson, with the winger finding the net.
It was only three minutes until the hosts found a third goal. Gibson hit a powerful, swerving shot into the bottom left corner.
Sunderland kept the pressure on. Hutchinson played a one-two with Ramshaw before going through on goal. She struck a powerful strike towards the far post but Batty made the save high to her left.
However, Hutchinson got her goal two minutes later. Louise Griffiths played a great ball into the space behind Doncaster’s defence. Hutchinson got onto the end of the pass before sliding the ball under Batty and into the net to give Sunderland a four-goal advantage at half time.
The Black Cats got off to a rapid start in the second half, Mollie Lambert breaking into the Belles’ box straight from kick-off, crossing to the back post for Hutchinson, but she could only find the side netting from a tight angle.
Ten minutes in, Galloway went close once again. A great reverse pass from Hutchinson played Ramshaw in down the left. The captain drilled in a low cross across the face of goal, Galloway sliding in to get on the end of it but couldn’t keep the effort down, hitting the bar.
With 25 minutes to go, Sunderland got a fifth via an own goal from Doncaster. Gibson played in a corner from the right, but Doncaster’s attempted clearance at the back post hit the back of Batty and rolled into the net.
In the 73rd minute, substitute Anna Young shot from distance. The dipping effort moved towards the bottom right corner and caused Batty some problems as she could only parry the ball past the post.
Galloway continued her search for a goal, but it wasn’t to be as she dragged a shot wide of the left post from the edge of the area.
Sunderland took the win, their third in a week to hit the target set by manager Melanie Reay.
Sunderland Ladies: Stonehouse, Brown, McCatty, Griffiths, Mullen (Warren 75’), Atkinson (Woolston 71’), Lambert (Young 61’), Gibson, Ramshaw, Hutchinson, Galloway