Sunderland Ladies 9-1 Hull City
Sunderland Ladies enjoyed a great start to their home league campaign with a 9-1 victory against Hull City on Sunday.
Faye Mullen opened the scoring in the ninth minute but Hull’s Tillie Oxley equalised just minutes later.
That was to be the only set back though, as Keira Ramshaw swiftly regained the advantage before goals from Jessica Brown and Bridget Galloway put Sunderland three to the good at half time.
Ramshaw added a second in the 61st minute before Galloway picked up the match ball with a second-half brace.
Charlotte Potts’ first goal for the club made it 8-1 in the 86th minute before Mullen got her second in stoppage time at the end of the game.
Melanie Reay made two changes after the midweek draw at Middlesbrough. Georgia Gibson and Louise Griffiths dropped out with Faye Mullen and Abi Cottam taking their places.
The slight change in shape didn’t seem to cause any issues early on. Potts, Mullen and Galloway all went close before Mullen opened the scoring in the ninth minute. The wing back curled her effort past Jasmine Lacey from outside the area to get the scoring underway.
Hull had a mini revival after the goal, with Emily Smith forcing a save out of Allison Cowling before a defensive miscommunication saw Oxley’s 15th minute cross ended up in the Sunderland net.
The skipper stepped up for the hosts though, Ramshaw getting her first of the season three minutes later with a tidy finish from Mollie Lambert’s cross.
It was then a bit of magic from wonderkid Jessica Brown that opened the gap. With 24 minutes played, the right-wing back cut in from the right before curling a left footed effort into the top corner.
Galloway joined the party two minutes later finding the bottom corner with a deft outside of the foot touch from Mullen’s cross.
Ramshaw, Brown and Cottam each had chances before the break, with all three firing just wide or high of the target.
It would take 16 minutes of the second half for Sunderland to restart the scoring, but once again Ramshaw produced a tidy finish, rolling the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
The wait for goal number six was considerably shorter. Galloway picked out the top corner from the edge of the area in the 63rd minute to double her tally for the afternoon.
She completed her hat-trick, and added a seventh for the season, with a curling effort from the edge of the area beating the ‘keeper and nestling high in the net in the 79th minute.
Neve Herron sandwiched the goal with two well struck efforts, but Lacey was on hand to turn both away.
Potts eventually got her goal after a couple of attempts. She hammered a free kick from just outside the area into the top corner with four minutes of normal time to go, leaving the ‘keeper with no chance.
Galloway went close to adding a personal fourth, but her effort in the third minute of injury time skimmed the bar.
But Mullen still had time to double her tally with a wonderful curling effort from the corner of the corner of the box with what turned out to be the last kick of the game.
The lasses bounced back from midweek disappointment excellently, closing the seven-goal gap to top side Huddersfield in the process. The two sides joined top meet next Sunday, as we make the trip to Huddersfield’s Stafflex Arena.
Sunderland Ladies: Cowling, Beer (Stewart 66’), McCatty, Potts, Brown (Barker 72’), Herron, Mullen, Ramshaw, Lambert, Galloway, Cottam (Farrugia 56’)
Subs not used: Moan, Gibson