Reaction: Reay commends Lasses' performance

Melanie Reay has been full of praise for her Sunderland Ladies side after Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 win over AFC Fylde Women at the Academy of Light.

Two late goals secured victory over a strong visiting outfit from Lancashire, and the Lasses’ manager is pleased with how the team earned the points.

“We’re absolutely delighted with the three points,” Reay said.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks and the girls have been hurting from the results we’ve had previously, but I think we showed some great character today and played some really good football to get the points.”

Blustery conditions played a part in an increasingly open game on Wearside, but Reay discussed her delight at how the Black Cats managed the contest.

“The game stretched and there was a slight wind as well, so we were unable to get out as much as we wanted to in the second half.

“But we held our shape well, we broke on the counter-attack and scored two good goals at the end from it.”

The victory lifts the Lasses to eighth in the FA Women’s Northern Premier Division following the completion of the weekend’s fixtures, and the team take on Sheffield FC back at the Academy of Light next Sunday.

“Fylde are a tough opponent and were top of the league coming here – they’ve had a really good start to the season, so they’ll have come here full of confidence,” Reay explained.

“It was a really good test for us, and one that we came out on top from, so we’re delighted.

“We’ve spoken in-house about just taking it one game at a time, making sure we build on everything we do in training and in a match. We’ll train again well this week, and look forward to playing Sheffield at home next week.”

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