Report: Sunderland 0-4 Blues Women
Blues Women beat Sunderland on Saturday afternoon at the Stadium of Light.
Four goals from Harriet Scott, Siobhan Wilson, Ashley Hodson and Jamie Finn saw Darren Carter’s side secure a comfortable victory in the North East.
Carter made one change to the side that drew with Lewes. Jade Pennock came in for Ashley Hodson.
It was Blues that started on the front foot. A corner was only half cleared and found its way to Wilson, but her low drive was well held by Claudia Moan.
Libby Smith thought she had put Blues ahead, but for the flag to be raised for offside. Jade Pennock rolled it across to the striker who finished well.
That combination then carved the next opportunity. This time Smith played it to Pennock, but her strike from range was saved by Moan.
On the stroke of half-time, Christie Murray played in a driven corner and Scott was there to hook it into the far corner for her first goal since January 2020
Half-time: Sunderland 0-1 Blues
Sunderland had a chance at the start of the second-half. Summer signing Tyler Dodds picked up the ball and struck towards goal from around 25-yards out, but Lucy Thomas comfortably saved.
Second-half substitute Lucy Quinn drove forward and played it into Pennock. After carrying it towards the box, she rolled the ball to Wilson who fired across goal and into the top right-hand corner.
Seven minutes later, Louise Quinn climbed above her marker but saw her header saved by Moan. But Hodson reacted quickest to prod in.
Goalscorer Wilson was then involved in the fourth. Her ball across found Pennock, but the keeper did well to save. Finn was ready and waiting to roll it into the bottom corner for her first Blues goal.
Blues pick up their first three points of the season and momentarily go top of the table.
It was Harriet Scott’s goal on the stroke of half-time that set Blues in motion at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Claudia Moan, Abby Holmes, Grace McCatty, Brianna Westrup (Megan Beer 46), Louise Griffiths, Emma Kelly (captain), Danielle Brown, Grace Ede (Abbey Joice 55), Emily Scarr, Tyler Dodds (Holly Manders 80), Nicki Gears (Jessica Brown 55).
Substitutes not used: Allison Cowling, Faye Mullen, Libbi McInnes, Katy Watson.
Blues (3-5-2): Lucy Thomas, Tara Bourne (Lily Simkin 90), Louise Quinn (captain), Harriet Scott, Martha Harris, Christie Murray, Jamie Finn, Charlie Devlin (Charlie Devlin 64), Siobhan Wilson (Louanne Worsey 85), Jade Pennock, Libby Smith (Lucy Quinn 64).
Substitutes not used: Lucy Jones, Abi Cowie, Mollie Green, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle.
Booking: Harris 67.