Stanway hat-trick sinks Sunderland as Man City win again

Sunderland Ladies were well beaten 3-0 away to WSL1 leaders Manchester City this afternoon.

Sunday, 31st July 2016, 4:30 pm
Updated Sunday, 31st July 2016, 5:39 pm
Sunderland keeper Rachael Laws

Georgia Stanway hit a hat-trick to see off the Lady Black Cats.

Sunderland had a good spell just before the break but it was largely one-way traffic with Rachael Laws much the busier of the two keepers.

The in-form Stanway’s first goal came after a defensive error from Danielle Brown, a heavy touch allowing the 17-year-old to run into the box and smash the ball low past Laws at the near post.

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The hosts had chances to extend their lead before the break with both Jane Ross and Lucy Bronze striking the crossbar.

Stanway added a second in similar fashion shortly after the break. A ball into the box evaded the defence allowing the teenager to once again beat Laws at her near post.

And the teenager completed her hat-trick in spectacular fashion, firing a first time left-footed into the top corner of the net, rounding off a brilliant individual performance and sealing the points for City.

Sunderland dropped to second bottom in the table after Reading picked up a point with a 1-1 draw with Notts County.

Doncaster Belles remain bottom - and without a point - six points behind Sunderland but with five games in hand.

Manchester City: Bardsley, Bronze, Houghton, Campbell, Stokes, Walsh (Middag 60), Scott, Christiansen, Parris (Duggan 71), Ross, Stanway (Corboz 86). Subs not used: Hourihan, Toone

Sunderland: Laws, Brown, Bannon, Sharp, Williams, Holmes, Staniforth, Chaplen, Furness (Potts 76), Mead, Hill. Subs not used: Olsen, Beer, Joice, Roche, McDougall, Ramshaw

Att: 2,026 Ref: David McNamara