SUNDERLAND’S build-up to the Women’s Super League gathered pace with a 4-2 win at Everton – the side they have replaced in the top flight.
The Lady Black Cats followed up their 10-0 rout of Glasgow Rangers by scoring three-second half goals to beat Everton.
While head coach Carlton Fairweather admits there is “still a long way to go” before Sunderland go to Liverpool for the WSL opener, this victory represents a significant step forward.
“It was a very good team performance,” he told the Echo.
“Obviously the result from last week helped give the girls confidence and this will too.
“We played really well.
“We started a bit slowly in the first half and went in at half-time at 1-1.
“But as the second half went on we got stronger and stronger.
“There is still a long way to go before we play Liverpool in the Super League.
“There is still work to do, on our organisation, tactical awareness and technical understanding.
“We’ll keep plugging away but this was a good result and the way we performed was encouraging.”
Sunderland went in front at the Halton Stadium when Hayley Sharp crossed for Sarah McFadden to head in.
But the Toffees hit back with an equaliser from Simone Magill.
Sunderland came out for the second half meaning business and regained the lead through senior figure Kelly McDougall
The midfielder ran on to a flick on by Beth Mead and lobbed the home keeper with a fine finishing.
It was 3-1 when Sunderland’s Scottish trialist made it four goals in two appearances when she took her chance well from inside the area.
Everton pulled one back when their trialist beat Rachael Laws from just outside the six-yard box.
However, Sunderland were not finished and they sealed a 4-2 victory when good work down the right set up Sophie Williams, who tucked away her opportunity.