I’ve been fortunate enough to have watched the Sunderland Ladies team, on a number of occasions over the last couple of months. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of the games I’ve seen. There’s a lot of things that have contributed to my enjoyment of the matches. I think for me, I was surprised at the team spirit that the manager has fostered. In the games I’ve watched, whatever the conditions, whatever the other team has thrown at them, they don’t seem fazed at all. They appear unflappable and focused. I think this may be in the mold of their manager, I’ve never met her, but have only heard good things about her.
The players seem like a real approachable set of women. I’ve seen from my own experience, and from that of others, that they interact with fans on Twitter where they can. They really appreciate fans coming along to support them. If you’re thinking of going along to watch a Sunderland Ladies match, I’d ask you to do so, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll enjoy it.
Goalkeeper Claudia Moan is a superb performer. It’s testament to her concentration, that her levels never seem to drop. In some games she doesn’t have a lot to do, but when she does, she doesn’t let anyone down. However, as seen in recent games against Birmingham Ladies of the WSL, and Southampton, top of their league, she’s been a lot more busy and has performed well. She’s definitely one to look out for in the future. Let’s be honest she’s only going to get better.
At the back, the Ladies look particularly strong, both McCatty and Potts would not look out of place at a higher level. Their reading of the game is exceptional. When looking at the midfield, Maria Farrugia is so tenacious and is great to watch on the ball. Do I need to try and say something about club legend Ramshaw, that hasn’t been said before. This girl is a classy performer on and off the pitch, by all accounts.
Every quality side needs someone who can put the ball in the net on a regular basis. The Ladies certainly have that and a lot more. Step forward Bridget Galloway, she is the proper all round centre forward. She scores lots of goals, she can run the channels and she never gives the opposing centre half a minute of peace. In Herron, they have a young player of quality and huge potential. She’s destined for the WSL. Let’s hope it’s with Sunderland Ladies.
Finally, the atmosphere at the games is great. There’s no negativity and the players are approachable after the final whistle, with time for fans photograph and autograph requests. Get yourself along, you’ll thoroughly enjoy it.