Ladies report: Lasses brush aside Watford to advance in FA Cup

Sunderland Ladies sealed their place in the Women’s FA Cup fifth round with a 2-0 win over Watford on Sunday.

The Black Cats took the lead as the first half came to a close through Jessica Brown. Keira Ramshaw then wrapped things up in the 79th minute to see the Lasses safely advance into tomorrow’s draw. 

Melanie Reay went with an unchanged line-up from last week’s league win against Fylde.  

Sunderland had the best of the early play, but shots from Ramshaw and Farrugia didn't test Chrissie Wiggins in the Watford goal.  

Chances were limited for both sides though, as Charlotte Potts broke up Watford’s most dangerous attack with a perfectly timed challenge on Helen Ward on the edge of the area.  

The breakthrough came for Sunderland with the last action of the first half. Brown picked the ball up at right back and confidently made her way through Watford’s midfield and defence before calmly slotting the ball under Wiggins.  

Katie Barker almost got the second half off to a flyer, but she could only fire wide as she stretched to make contact with Herron’s cross.  

Moan made good saves to deny Emma Beckett and Ryah Vyse, but her defence remained firm and limited Watford’s opportunities.  

Sunderland doubled the lead as Ramshaw scored goal number 77, heading in from Farrugia’s corner.  

Lambert had a chance to seal it with the last kick of the game, but she fired just wide - although not tarnishing an outstanding performance from the midfielder.  

Sunderland are into tomorrow night's draw with the win over the FAWNL Southern Premier leaders. Derby County in the League Cup last eight are next up for the Black Cats.  

SAFC: Moan, Herron (Gibson 79’), Mullen, Potts, Ramshaw ©, Lambert, Galloway, Brown, Barker (Griffiths 75’), McCatty, Farrugia  

Subs Not Used: Warren, Woolston, Beer  

Watford: Wiggins, Huggins, Hill, Rolandsen, Stojko-Down, Ward ©, Fatuga-Dada, Beckett, O’Leary (Vyse 66’), Carid (Richards 85’), Chandler (Kikomeko 72’)

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