LASSES PODCAST LIVE— Roker Report (@RokerReport) February 6, 2022
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Analysis of @SAFCLadies 2-2 @sufc_women & a look ahead to next weekend trip to Merseyside to face league-leaders @LiverpoolFCW
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At a bright and breezy Hetton Centre, Sunderland Ladies were looking to turn their strong performance against Birmingham City last week in the FA cup into another solid showing and hopefully league points against Sheffield United Women.
Sunderland started in a confident fashion and took the lead on 10 minutes with a well-worked move finished by the excellent Abbey Joice. Sheffield United had a chance to hit back just one minute later after a Sunderland defender handled the ball in the box.
Sweetman-Kirk stepped up and fired the ball wide. The visitors however were level on 24 minutes. To her credit, the ever-dangerous and hardworking Sweetman-Kirk put her penalty miss behind her when finishing first time from a good cross from Walters. Sheffield United dominated the rest of the first half and the sides went into the break level at 1-1.
The second half started in a scrappy fashion but burst into life after Scarr struck the bar and Manders couldn’t keep her strike down from the rebound. Three minutes later and it was the turn of the visitors to rattle the crossbar, the excellent Sweetman-Kirk in the thick of the action with the strike. Sunderland went in front for the second time in the game with Manders scoring after a good save from Sheffield United keeper Kitching.
The lasses lead was to last only 9 minutes when Sweetman-Kirk bagged her second of the afternoon for the blades to cap an excellent performance from the Sheffield forward. Neither side could force a winner and despite four minutes of additional time at the end of the game, it was to finish 2-2.
The point is most welcome for us lasses fans and well deserved, especially with the experienced duo of McCatty and Kelly out through suspension and injury respectively. The whole team worked incredibly hard to take a point from the encounter. Herron was excellent after again playing out of position at centre half. Joice in midfield was tenacious and ever probing with Louise Griffiths like a brick wall with Herron in the centre of defence. She was another player playing out of position for the good of the team. Haway the lasses.
Player of the Match - Neve Herron
Simply outstanding. She seemed to be everywhere and smelt danger before it happened. All of this, and centre half it’s not even her best position.