Team Sunderland’s Women tasted a first league victory in a comfortable win over Leeds Beckett Women’s 2nd.
Sunderland scored once in the first half through Grace Mackie and three times in the second half with goals coming from Tor Curtis, Charlotte Spark, and Lily Clifton.
Leeds were limited to mostly long-range efforts due to a lack of possession and Sunderland’s great defensive display and high pressing that lasted throughout the game.
Sunderland came close to scoring many times in the first half but eventually towards the end of the half they found a way to get the ball into the next.
Sunderland’s first goal came from just outside the box, the ball bouncing around between players was eventually picked up by Mackie who struck in hard into the next.
The second half saw most of the game’s action, Leeds came out the blocks quickly in this half trying to fight back into the game.
Their efforts were rewarded when one of the forwards ran into the box skipping past the Sunderland keeper to knock the ball into an empty net.
Sunderland got themselves back in front when Mackie ran the length of the pitch, releasing Curtis who slotted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
A third for Sunderland from Spark who scored near post from inside the box after some good Sunderland pressure on Leeds.
Clifton scored Sunderland’s fourth of the game when a corner fell to her, she chested it down and fired it in to give Sunderland a comfortable lead.
Leeds did pull a goal back with the last kick of the game, a saved Sunderland shot deflecting back off of a Leeds player’s knee and into the Sunderland net.
A much-deserved win for Team Sunderland’s Women off the back of an equally impressive draw to Durham.
They will be hoping to continue the good form when the season restarts in January.