THERE were plenty of misses on show - but girl power proved a big hit in a pitch battle of the sexes.
Six Miss Sunderland finalists swapped fashion shoots for football boots for a unique clash yesterday.
A love match was the inspiration for a six-a-side game between the glamorous girls and members of Sunderland’s Sunday best, Humbledon Plains Farm Football Club, at Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex, in Washington.
When the girls decided to tackle a team-bonding exercise, finalist Hannah Rose asked her boyfriend, Plains Farm midfielder James Fairley, if they could take on this year’s national FA Sunday Cup winners,
The boys took up the challenge – but vowed they wouldn’t be taking it easy on the ladies.
But it proved a beautiful disaster for the lads, as a proud three-year unbeaten run came to an end.
The girls ran out 4-3 winners in an action-packed game.
Hannah, 21, from Doxford Park, said: “My boyfriend plays for the team so I asked if we could play them in a game.
“It is a team building exercise for us.
“All of the girls get on really well and this was a chance for us to work together.
“We didn’t have a chance to play football together before the game, we just had a warm-up on the pitch.”
Fellow finalist Jade Banbrough, 20, added: “I’ve never played football before, I was terrified. I was hoping they would take it easy on us.
“But it is a fun way to get together with the girls.
Becky Nelson, 23, another Miss Sunderland contender, added: “I haven’t played football since I was in primary school – so it is about 15 years.
“It is a nice day and a chance to do something a bit different.”
Before the game, Hannah’s boyfriend James, 22, said he wouldn’t be taking it easy on their opponents, despite his girlfriend being part of the team.
He said: “We have all been excited about the game.
“We said we wouldn’t be taking it easy on them. But I said that I will be scoring a hat-trick.
“We are the Sunday FA Cup winners and we haven’t lost a game in our league for three years.
“It is fun to get together and play football but we take it serious. It would be devastating to lose.”
But the girls won 4-3 with Hannah and Olivia scoring and Becky getting two goals.
Jody Breeds, 28, is organising the Miss Sunderland 2015 competition.
The winner will be crowned in April –but the 15-strong team of hopefuls still have a few challenges to complete before their final showdown.
While all the girls want to come out on top, competition isn’t getting in the away of their friendship.
Miss Breeds said; “We thought it would be a fun team-building exercise for the girls.
“There isn’t any friction between them – they all get on really well and have become great friends.
“All the girls had a great time, they all enjoyed themselves.”
The winner of Miss Sunderland 2015 will be crowned at the Roker Hotel on April 18, but before then they will have to do a fashion photo shoot in January and a Miss Sportswoman boot camp in February.