Sunderland AFC Ladies lift another trophy

WINNERS: Sunderland AFC Ladies pick up team of the year award with Adam Johnson, far left.
WINNERS: Sunderland AFC Ladies pick up team of the year award with Adam Johnson, far left.
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LEAGUE champions Sunderland AFC Ladies have lifted another trophy at a glittering ceremony.

The 2014 Women’s Super League 2 (WSL2) Champions were named Team of the Year in the North East Sports Personality of the Year awards this week.

The Black Cats romped to the WSL2 title at the first time of asking, winning 15 of their 18 league games, scoring 47 times in the process.

The league win, their fourth in as many seasons, means that Sunderland will now compete in WSL 1 next season, the country’s top division.

This weeks awards, organised by the BBC, celebrates the achievements of the region’s sporting stars.

World Cup-winning rugby skipper Katy Mclean, who left her job at Bexhill Academy, in Town End Farm this year, to go full-time as a professional, was named North East Sports Personality of the Year. The 29-year-old won the award for leading her country to World Cup victory in August – the first time England have won the trophy.

Ali Brownlee, who co-presented the ceremony, told the audience: “Our region has a terrific sporting heritage, and a huge army of sports fans.

“We’re delighted we could bring so many people together to share the memories of the past 12 months.”

Katy was also honoured with an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours List for her services to rugby. The Sunderland Ladies team will be guests at the Stadium of Light ahead of the Black Cat’s clash with Chelsea tomorrow.

The squad, alongside the league trophy, will be paraded in front of the crowd ahead of kick-off.