Articles by: Mark Donnelly

  • Durham Women v Everton

    Five to Watch: North East Women’s Stars

    October 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    With the FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) season underway, we take a look at five of the best players currently plying their trade in the North East. Both of the North East’s representatives in the elite of women’s football – Sunderland and Durham – have started their campaigns positively. The two […]

  • Rachael Laws says Sunderland Ladies WSL2 title win still hasn't sunk in. Picture credit: Susan Gutteridge

    Sunderland Ladies claim bonus point In North East derby

    October 14, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Sunderland Ladies became the first-ever side to claim a bonus point in the FA WSL Continental Cup courtesy of a penalty shootout victory over Durham Women. In the newly-revamped competition, games in the group stage that end in a draw will see a penalty shootout with the victors awarded an extra point. And […]

  • Three Key Questions Ahead of Sunderland’s Return to Action

    October 11, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    It’s quite hard to think of just three questions that need answering ahead of Sunderland’s return to action. For after all the optimism that came with the appointment of Simon Grayson over the summer, the former Preston North End boss has enjoyed a fairly torrid start to his tenure. The Black […]

  • Durham were narrowly beaten by the new league leaders. Photos: Susan Gutteridge.

    Durham Women suffer title blow after defeat at Everton

    May 8, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Durham Women have seen their FA WSL 2 Spring Series title hopes take a dent after defeat at Everton Ladies. Gabby George’s first half header was enough for the hosts, although the visitors will feel aggrieved after having a late goal controversially disallowed. The Wildcats started the day top of the […]

  • David Moyes could get his wish of overhauling the Sunderland squad in the summer.

    Big decisions for Sunderland – should they stay or go?

    May 8, 2017 at 10:02 am

    With Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship confirmed, David Moyes will be casting his thoughts ahead to his summer recruitment drive and plotting the incomings and outgoings at the Stadium of Light. The manager has confirmed he is likely to stay at the club, but reports suggest Moyes has requested an […]

  • Dixon had been on the sidelines for almost two years. Photo: Facebook/Susan Gutteridge and Craig McNair.

    Durham’s Dixon makes return to action that she feared may never come

    April 27, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    It’s been a long two years for Caroline Dixon. After suffering a long-term injury at the end of the 2014 FA Women’s Super League season, numerous set backs saw the versatile player miss over two years of action. But she returned to the Durham Women FC side in their victory against […]

  • Durham sit top of the WSL2 with a game in hand. Photos: Facebook, Susan Gutteridge and Craig McNair.

    Durham Women return to WSL 2 summit with win over Brighton

    April 24, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Durham Women climbed back to the top of FA WSL 2 with a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday. Sarah Wilson headed home the only goal of the game after 18 minutes to hand her side the three points in  a game they dominated throughout. The Wildcats […]

  • Durham found a leveller before Doncaster struck in the final moments. Picture:  Facebook/Susan Gutteridge.

    Durham Women suffer late heartbreak at Doncaster Belles

    April 17, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Durham Women fell to defeat for the first time this season after conceding in the last minute against Doncaster Rovers Belles. Having fallen behind to Christie Murray’s first-half strike, the Wildcats levelled after the break as Becky Salicki headed home. But their hopes of taking a deserved point were dashed when […]

  • Sunderland's Jermain Defoe reacts with dejection to another defeat.

    Black Cats go in search of vital three points against Manchester United

    April 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    If it’s not over until the Fat Lady sings, then she’s definitely warming up her vocal chords around the Stadium of Light. Back-to-back defeats in the past week have seen Sunderland remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, and time is running out. The Black Cats are […]

  • Zoe Ness complete's Durham's comeback late on against Oxford United. Picture: Susan Gutteridge

    Durham Women stay top of FA WSL 2 with late victory over Oxford United

    April 4, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Zoe Ness’ late winner saw Durham Women retain their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a 2-1 victory over Oxford United Women. Ness slotted home three minutes from time to seal victory after Durham were forced to come from behind after Ellie Noble’s goal at the start of the second […]