Sunderland pair unused subs in England Ladies’ China defeat

Beth Mead in action for Sunderland Ladies
Beth Mead in action for Sunderland Ladies
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Rachael Laws and Beth Mead were unused subs as England Women were beaten 2-1 by China in their first international of their two-match Far East tour.

The Sunderland Ladies stars will now be hoping for some game-time in the second Dewellbon Cup fixture, against Australia on Tuesday.

Mark Sampson picked a powerful side for the opening match of the CFA International Women’s Football Tournament in Yongchuan.

He only handed out one debut in the starting XI, to Chelsea defender Gilly Flaherty, but, at the other end of the cap spectrum, Manchester City’s Sunderland-born midfielder Jill Scott ran out for her 99th appearance.

The Lionesses, led by South Hetton’s Steph Houghton, fell behind in the fifth minute as Shuang Wang scored from Peng Han’s cutback.

And the striker doubled the lead just before the break with a low finish past keeper Karen Bardsley.

Eniola Aluko pulled one back seconds before half-time, but England were unable to find a second-half equaliser.

Chelsea duo Drew Spence and Laura Coombs made late debuts as subs.

Laws and Mead will be hoping that it will be them making their debuts on Tuesday.