Sunderland boss targeting a successful cup run this season

Sunderland Ladies boss Carlton Fairweather
Sunderland Ladies boss Carlton Fairweather
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Sunderland Ladies head coach Carlton Fairweather believes his side can continue to upset the odds and enjoy a good cup run this year.

The Lady Black Cats, fresh from their 4-0 demolition of league leaders Chelsea, are back in action on Wednesday against Durham Women FC in their first Continental Cup tie at New Ferens Park (KO 7.30pm).

And while Fairweather admits the priority is the league, he believes his squad has the potential to do well in the cup competition.

Fairweather said: “The cup game is not as high profile as Chelsea but it is an important game.

These games are very important for the development of the players both as individuals and as a team and hopefully we can do well in the competition.

“It is about making sure we stick to the game plan again because we are taking the Continental Cup seriously because it is a competition we can go far in. We have to make sure we approach the game in the right way.” Fairweather is set to give Gemma Wilson, Hayley Sharp, Abbey Joice, Sarah McFadden, Emma Kelly, who all started the Chelsea game on the bench, game time. SAFC Ladies will play Doncaster Rovers Belles, Everton Ladies, Liverpool Ladies, Durham and Manchester City Ladies in group two.