Sunderland Ladies defeated Sheffield FC at Eppleton Colliery Welfare to win a 10th FAWNL Northern Premier game in a row.
Fresh from her Stadium Of Light presentation on Saturday, Keira Ramshaw opened the scoring 36 minutes in.
Bridget Galloway doubled the lead from the spot three minutes after half-time before Faye Mullen rounded out the win in the first minute of added time.
Melanie Reay made her first change for four games, and it was an enforced one due to Maria Farrugia’s international duty. Jessica Brown returned to the starting line-up.
The hosts were in control of the game early on, but far from their creative best. Their first real chance came after 24 minutes, but Ramshaw shot wide after a good passage of build-up play.
Galloway tried her luck from outside the area after a good run forward from Louise Griffiths, but the effort was high of the target.
The Black Cats got their breakthrough as Ramshaw picked out the top corner with a free-kick as half-time approached.
Hope Knight had the best chance for the visitors just before the break, but her effort across the face of goal was wide.
Within minutes of the restart the hosts had a penalty. Jess Heald pulled back Galloway as the striker broke into the box. With no effort to play the ball, Heald was sent-off. Galloway stepped up to take the penalty, finding the bottom corner.
Mollie Lambert almost scored her first of the season, but dragged an effort wide at close range after Jessica Brown squared the ball across the six-yard box.
Substitute Katie Barker was the next to go close, but not until the 84th minute. Barker did brilliantly to turn her defender before forcing Serena Clarke into a great save.
From the resulting corner, Sheffield only cleared as far as the taker Brown. She cut in, hitting a powerful effort from the left, striking the bar.
Mullen, also a substitute, would round off the game with a great goal in added time, finding the top corner from 20-yards out after a good move involving Barker and Ramshaw.
A 10th league win in a row for the Black Cats that sees the lead grow to eight points with rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest only managing draws.
Sunderland Ladies: Moan, Herron (Barker 79’), Potts, Griffiths, Ramshaw, Lambert, Galloway, Gibson (Blakey 74’), Brown, Beer (Mullen 66’), McCatty
Subs Not Used: Warren