Skipper Keira Ramshaw scored a spectacular goal direct from a corner to help Sunderland Ladies progress into the second round of the FA NWL League Cup today at Barnsley.
A fairly even first 45 started with a much changed Sunderland enjoying the lion’s share of possession, although the home side worked the first opening of the match, coming close through a Sophie Bell header.
With chances at a premium, it was Mel Reay’s side that came to life on the stroke of half time as Georgia Gibson tested Bethan Davies in the Barnsley goal in the 44th minute, before the Lasses took the lead seconds later through captain Keira Ramshaw.
The Lasses dominated the second period and could have easily added to their tally twice, firstly through Bridget Galloway, who failed to get a clean strike on goal following a terrific through-ball from Mollie Lambert, whilst Ramshaw almost scored her second, once again direct from a corner.
In the end, Sunderland had to settle for a solitary goal, as their unbeaten run stretched to nine games in all competitions.
Sunderland: Moan, Herron (Brown 67), Stewart (Potts 45), Griffiths, Ramshaw (c), Warren, Lambert, Gibson, Beer, Cottam (Farrugia 76), Galloway.