SUNDERLAND found their goal touch and two potential signings when they ran riot against Rangers.
The Lady Black Cats hit double figures in their first win of 2015 in this pre-season friendly at Consett yesterday.
It was a one-sided affair against a young Scottish side, but the result and goals can only breed confidence ahead of the Women’s Super League season, which starts next month at Liverpool.
Sunderland are keeping the names of their trialists under wraps, but both showed up well, the striker bagging a hat-trick, with the other performing well at left-back.
Head coach Carlton Fairweather will continue to monitor the pair in training this week and then next weekend’s friendly.
“The two girls did very well,” he said.
“We’ll see how they do and then make a decision on them.”
The form of the duo was not the only filip for the Fairweather. Sophie Williams returned from injury after missing the FA Cup defeat, while Sarah McFadden continued her comeback from a long-term problem.
“It was nice to have Sophie back and Sarah Mac is making good progress after missing all last year with injury.
“She scored, so that will give her a boost and the same for Gemma Wilson, who has been out also been out.”
Sunderland were in front on six minutes when an intended backpass eluded Lauren Wilkes and ended up in the back of the teenage keeper’s net.
Wilkes was powerless to keep out Beth Mead’s neat finish after being set up by Keira Ramshaw and Mead was the provider when her corner was headed in by McFadden.
Emma Kelly netted the fourth with a glorious 25-yarder, and the trialist made it five when she reacted quickly after Mead’s free-kick had smacked against the woodwork.
There were five changes at the break, with Wilson, Vicki Greenwell, Kelly McDougall, Natalie Gutteridge and Williams all coming on.
Sunderland extended their lead when the guest forward scored from close range in the 48th minute, and she completed her hat-trick in the 62nd minute after a purposeful run.
Greenwell made it 8-0 from a 72nd-minute free-kick and, when Rangers failed to clear her corner 10 minutes later, Wilson’s well-placed left-foot shot took the score to nine.
Williams went close to the 10th after good work by Gutteridge, but Ramshaw was the one who got it with a sweet right-foot effort three minutes from time.
After only having back passes to deal with in the opening 45 minutes, Sunderland keeper Rachael Laws did have some stops to make in the second half.
Fairweather had hoped for a sterner test, but the afternoon has to be labelled a success.
“I thought it was going to be a bit tougher but Rangers came here with a young squad,” he said. “But our players went about things the right way, kept the ball well and were patient.
“They did everything that we asked of them to do.
“I hope the goals we scored and the way we played gives the squad confidence.”
Sunderland: Laws, Holmes, Bannon, Sharp, Trialist, McFadden, Mead, Joice, Kelly, Ramshaw, Trialist. Half-time subs: Wilson, Greenwell, McDougall, Gutteridge, Williams. Goals: OG 6, Mead 18, McFadden 30, Kelly 31, Trialist 37, 48, 62, Greenwell 72, Wilson 82, Ramshaw 87
Rangers: Wilkes, Clelland, Lindsay, O’Neill, Foley, Sinclair, Ross, Hughes, Swanson, Howat, Karagiozis