Brooke Chaplen scored Sunderland's equaliser against Bristol Academy. Picture credit: Susan Gutteridge

Brooke Chaplen scored has her sights set on a Wembley final. Picture credit: Susan Gutteridge

A brace from Brooke Chaplen saw Sunderland Ladies progress to the quarter finals of the FA Women’s Cup after a 2-0 win over Yeovil Town Ladies.

Chaplen struck twice in twelve first half minutes to seal progression for the Lady Black Cats, meaning they are now only two games away from a trip to Wembley.

The midfielder’s brace was enough to send her side through to the quarter finals, and speaking to after the game Chaplen said: “It’s a good thing to think that we are only a couple of games from Wembley.

“If we go into every game thinking that we need to win and take each game as it comes it’s an exciting tournament.”

After back-to-back pre-season victories over Durham and Sheffield FC, confidence was high in the Sunderland ranks.

And they began brightly, with Rachel Furness and Lucy Staniforth both putting efforts wide in the early stages.

The visitors were dominating proceedings, with Yeovil stopper Charlotte Haynes doing well to deny the lively Beth Mead from close range as she broke clear of the defence.

But Yeovil, who finished fourth in last season’s FA WSL 2, weren’t without their own chances and captain Ellie Curson struck the post with a free-kick as Rachael Laws was beaten.

Chances continued to flow, with debutant Kylla Sjoman firing wide from 10 yards shortly before half-time.

Sunderland continued to dominate after the break, and deservedly took the lead after 67 minutes.

After seeing her initial effort saved by Haynes, midfielder Chaplen reacted quickly to slot home the rebound and give her side the lead.

It then took only 12 minutes for the Lady Black Cats to double their lead, with Mead’s fine run allowing her to tee up Chaplen to slide in from close range.

Chaplen added: “It was a tough game today and we knew it was going to be a tough game.

“We matched them with our desire and we scored two goals which is a good result for us as it takes us closer to the final.”