Sunderland 2 v 0 Yeovil Town Ladies
Sunderland maintain unbeaten record
ABBY Holmes and Keira Ramshaw fired Sunderland Ladies to a 2-0 victory against Yeovil Town this afternoon as they maintained their 100 per cent start to the FA Women’s Super League season.
After a 320 mile trip up north, Yeovil went into the game with confidence, knowing that they have competed well against the top sides in the WSL so far this season.
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Holmes broke the deadlock just seven minutes in, charging forward from right-back to cut inside and unleash a powerful left-footed strike into the bottom corner.
Beth Mead went close to doubling the advantage on the half-hour after exchanging passes with Rachel Furness, but Rachel Simkin was out quickly to save for the Glovers.
On the forty minute mark, Katie Cook raced onto Jade Lorton-Radburn’s lobbed pass but Holmes put enough pressure on to ensure her shot was saved.
The last minute before the interval saw Yeovil’s best chance to convert, when Tewkesbury found herself inside the penalty area after a good run, but her connection was not quite enough to bring the scores level.
The Lady Black Cats pressed hard for a second from the restart, with Kelly McDougall shooting just wide from distance on 47 minutes. Rebekah Bass went even closer on the hour with Simkin making a terrific save, tipping her rising 18-yard effort onto the underside of the bar, only for it to drop down onto the line where she gathered the ball into her hands.
The Glovers continued to work hard and created numerous chances, but shots from Pearson, Stewart and Lorton-Radburn in succession, all failed to hit the target.
On 75 minutes though, Ramshaw turned in from close range, from a corner to make it two nil.
Yeovil substitute Emma Brazell was then sent off for a second bookable offense on 86 minutes, although she will think that she was unfortunate to be dismissed.
The Glovers showed their unity, as they continued to push for a goal and Katie Cook’s downward header from a Bleazard cross was met by the well placed Laws in the Sunderland goal.
Yeovil Town Ladies manager Sarah Lawler, was positive after the game and is already looking forward to the next fixture, when they take on Oxford in the Continental Cup next Sunday.
After the game she commented by saying “Despite the scoreline, our keeper and back four played well today and two nil was a bit of a harsh reflection. Sunderland are a well established and well respected footballing team and today you could see why, with their killer instinct that punished us."
"We can take lots of positives from our performance, given that we lost the game when we had our own opportunities and for spells we were on top of the game, but we must convert these chances into goals. I am now looking for a reaction from the players. We worked very hard today against good opposition. The team now need to show me that against Oxford we can use the ball better in the final third. It was good to see Ellie Curson making her debut for the club today and she has settled in very well.”
Sunderland: Laws, Holmes, Sharp, Wilson, Greenwell, Kelly (Briggs 78), McDougall, Furness, Bass, Mead (McHugh 83), Ramshaw.
Subs not used: Alderson, Beer. Bookings: none. Red cards: none
Yeovil Town: Simkin, Bleazard, Edwards, Haigh, Kirby, Stewart, Lorton-Raburn, Pearson (Bray 69), Curson, Tewkesbury (Brazell 69), Cook.
Subs not used: Whitton, Cossens.
Bookings: Brazell 78. Red cards: Brazell 86
Yeovil’s next Home game is on Saturday 12th July in the Continental Cup (5.00pm KO) against WSL 1 side Notts County. Tickets are £4.00 adults / £2.50 concessions.
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