Sunderland Ladies 6-2 Hull City Ladies
Sunderland Ladies came from behind twice before putting Hull City Ladies to the sword with a dominant second half display at Hetton.
Hope Knight gave the visitors the lead after 12 minutes, but Keira Ramshaw pegged them back after 26. Harley Skinner’s deflected effort saw Hull retake the lead in the 31st minutes before Ramshaw and Bridget Galloway gave the Lady Black Cats the advantage in the 40th and 44th minutes respectively.
Sunderland scored three unanswered goals in the second half, Maria Farrugia struck in the 65th minute, with Ramshaw completing her hat-trick after 67. Katie Barker rounded off the victory in the 79th minute to get the Lasses back to winning ways.
Sunderland almost made the perfect start when Grace McCatty headed a Georgia Gibson corner off the bar after less than a minute.
Galloway then had a great chance in the third minute, but she miss-hit her close-range effort after a cut back from Mollie Lambert.
Despite the hosts’ early dominance, it was Hull who struck first. Knight pinched possession after Sunderland gave the ball away at the back and then finished from the edge of the area 12 minutes in.
Only a minute after the visitors’ goal, Galloway once again went close as she hit the post. The striker did well to get the first time effort away, readjusting her body to strike the ball on an awkward bounce.
Niamh McLaughlin almost got on the score-sheet in her first home start since rejoining. Allison Cowling’s long kick dropped behind the Hull defence, McLaughlin got onto the end of it and tried to lob the ‘keeper but the effort fell wide of the post.
Sunderland finally levelled in the 26th minute, Ramshaw got on the end of a long ball from McCatty and finished with a low, powerful strike that beat the ‘keeper at her near post.
However, the deadlock would only last five minutes before Hull reclaimed the lead. Sunderland could only clear a corner as far as Skinner on the edge of the area. Her shot was deflected as it passed back through the crowded penalty area helping it beat Cowling.
Sunderland would have to fight back once again, McCatty again a threat from a Gibson corner. The defender’s header towards the bottom corner called Hull ‘keeper Amy Halloran into action.
With five minutes of the first half left, Ramshaw doubled her tally. A cross-turned-shot from the right wing found the net.
Four minutes later, Sunderland took the lead for the first time. Galloway scoring from close range after Halloran could only block an effort from McCatty.
Sunderland doubled their cushion 20 minutes into the second half, Farrugia scored her first goal in red & white with a nice finish, firing home from just inside the area after Ramshaw played her through.
Two minutes later, Ramshaw sealed her hat-trick. The skipper cut in from the right and then sent her effort soaring in off the near post.
Substitute Barker would round the game off with 11 minutes to go, curling the ball towards the top corner after a great run and perfectly weighted pass from Farrugia to get the assist.
A pleasing way to round out a busy week for the Lady Black Cats, seeing them regain second spot before heading to Fylde next Sunday.
Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Kemp (Stewart 85’), Griffiths, Ramshaw ©, Lambert (Barker 67’), Galloway (Atkinson 79’), Gibson, Warren, McCatty, McLaughlin, Farrugia
Subs Not Used: Young, Beer
Hull City Ladies: Halloran, Oxley, Westmorland, Kay, Thompson, Tanser, Symington ©, Beech (Blinkhorn 75’), Skinner (Smith 64’), Russell, Knight
Subs Not Used: Bott