Ladies report: Lasses mark home return with a win

Sunderland Ladies made their home return with a comfortable win against Loughborough Foxes.

Another Neve Herron wonder goal gave the Black Cats an early lead in the ninth minute. 

Bridget Galloway extended their advantage with goals either side of the break.

Eva Rogers got a consolation for the visitors in the 88th, but Sunderland never looked challenged on route to a sixth straight win.

With Maria Farrugia away on international duty, Herron returned to the starting XI after two goals last week.

And Herron was straight onto the scoresheet once again. Mollie Lambert picked out the youngster with an excellent switch before Herron cut in and curled the ball into the top corner from beyond the corner of the box.

The hosts continued to threaten, but Keira Ramshaw and Faye Mullen each lifted efforts over the bar.

With half an hour played, Ramshaw forced Amy Burle into a save. The Foxes 'keeper couldn't hold the powerful long-range effort but recovered well to secure the loose ball.

With nine first half minutes remaining, Burle would be beaten for a second time. Charlotte Potts clip down the line for Jess Brown to chase, with the winger crossing first time. She found Galloway, who brought the ball down well before firing home at the back post.

Galloway couldn't double her tally in the 40th minute, getting a shot way after Loughborough couldn't hack the ball clear. Burle saved easily once again. 

But three minutes into the second period, Galloway would make it three for the lasses. She got in front of her marker, heading in at the near post from Ramshaw's cross. 

Ramshaw looked for a goal of her own, but could only fire wide after Galloway teed her up.

Herron looked for a second worldie of this match with just over half an hour to play, but Burle saved well from her powerful, dipping strike.

Galloway and substitute Katie Barker were next to force Burle into action, the second save denying Barker a stunning solo goal with 15 minutes to play.

After forcing a good save from Claudia Moan with five to play, Rogers would pull one back for the visitors in the 88th minute, rounding the 'keeper before finding the net. 

Galloway had a great chance to seal her hat-trick, with a powerful effort looking destined for the net, but heroic defending from Cecilia Webb saw the effort headed off the line.

Not the prettiest of performances from Sunderland, but an assured display saw the Black Cats homecoming continue the unbeaten run.

Sunderland Ladies: Moan, Griffiths (Barker 66'), McCatty, Potts, Mullen (Beer 76'), Lambert, Gibson, Ramshaw, Brown, Herron (Cottam 65'), Galloway

Subs Not Used: Warren, Woolston

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