Salut! Sunderland congratulates the Sunderland Women’s team for putting up what seems to have been another excellent display, this time against Arsenal, before a late winner put the Gunners through to the FA Women’s Cup semi-finals.
Sad to relate, the game was not shown on French TV and I knew better than to go to the official SAFC site for news of it. So thanks are due to the Shields Gazette and Arsenal Ladies’ website for keeping us informed.
The paper describes the match, which took place at Eppleton CW yesterday (I had expected it to be played at Hetton – but see Comment*), as a five-goal thriller that was evenly contested with Sunderland pushing Arsenal, who began clear favourites, all the way.
Here’s an extract from the report:
“In front of a crowd of just under 600, Sunderland belied their amateur status against the semi-professional might of the Super League giants.
The Wearsiders got the breakthrough their play deserved as they took the lead in the 21st minute.
South Shields-born Demi Stokes took a right-wing corner and Rachel Furness outjumped the defence to head past Emma Byrne.”
After Arsenal equalised early in the second with a header from Ellen White, Sunderland had chances to regain the lead before falling behind to Julie Fleeting. But Steph Bannon levelled scores again and nearly set up another equaliser after Arsenal went ahead with a second White goal in extra time.