Previous meetings: Lasses look to continue unbeaten run against Boro

Sunderland Ladies welcome Wear-Tees rivals Middlesbrough to Hebburn Town on Sunday, as both sides enter the 2019-20 Women’s FA Cup.

There have been three meetings between the two clubs over the past 15 months, and with the close proximity and small number of north east clubs at the level, there’s plenty of familiar faces on display.

Ahead of Sunday's cup tie, we look back at previous meetings between the two sides...

Middlesbrough 1-1 Sunderland, FA Women’s National League, 4 September 2019

The first meeting of the season was a frustrating night at Bedford Terrace for Melanie Reay’s Black Cats. Bridget Galloway opened the scoring early on, netting after six minutes, but Sunderland failed to take a number of chances to kill off the game in the first half.

Boro made it a game in the second half, starting to dominate the ball. Former Sunderland defender Rebekah Bass tied things at 1-1 at the hour mark, scoring from 40-yards-out to put the visitors on the back foot. 

Bass had the perfect opportunity to stop what Sunderland would turn into a 14 game unbeaten run, Louise Griffiths conceding a penalty and being sent-off of a foul on another former Black Cat, Tyler Dodds, but she couldn’t do from 12 what she did from 40 and hit the cross bar with her spot kick. 

Middlesbrough 3-3 Sunderland, FA Women’s National League, 13 February 2019

Bridget Galloway scored after six minutes to put the visitors ahead, but Holly Manders hit back three minutes later.

Sunderland would start to dominate though, Galloway doubled her tally in the 17th minute. Niamh McLaughlin netted a debut goal only five minutes later and Sunderland looked to have the game tied up.

However, Boro capitalised as Sunderland’s concentration dropped. Former Sunderland player Emma Kelly brilliantly pulled one back from long range before the break, before Manders got her second just after the break to level the scores and secure a point for the hosts. 

Sunderland 3-1 Middlesbrough, FA Women’s National League, 13 September 2018

Sunderland won the first meeting between the two side on record, in front of a big crowd at Eppleton CW.

Captain Keira Ramshaw scored a rocket of a free-kick in first half stoppage time, before Bridget Galloway got a quick-fire double early in the second half, starting a run of four goals in three against the Teessiders.

Eleanor Dale scored a late consolation for Middlesbrough off the bench, but Sunderland won the bragging rights earlier in their first FAWNL campaign. 

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