Sunderland much too strong for Rangers

GOALSCORER: Vicki Greenwell
GOALSCORER: Vicki Greenwell
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Sunderland Ladies 10 Rangers Ladies 0

SUNDERLAND found their goal touch and two potential signings when they ran riot against Glasgow Rangers in Consett.

The Lady Black Cats hit double-figures in their first win of 2015 in this pre-season friendly.

As the scoreline suggests, it was a one-sided affair at Belle View against a young Scottish side.

But from the red and white perspective the result and goals can only breed confidence ahead of the Women’s Super League season, which starts next month.

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.

Carlton Fairweather’s side were in front on six minutes when an intended Glasgow backpass eluded Lauren Wilkes and ended up in the back of the teenage keeper’s net.

Wilkes denied the on-trial home forward by saving with her feet in the 15th minute but was powerless to keep out Beth Mead’s neat finish after being set up by Keira Ramshaw.

Mead was the provider for number three on the half-hour when her corner was headed in by Sarah McFadden.

And Mead was involved again a minute later when she came off the wing with Emma Kelly netting the fourth with a glorious 25-yarder.

There was another assist for the England U19 girl eight minutes before the break when her free-kick crashed off the keeper’s left-hand post and the trialist was first to react to the rebound.

Fairweather made five changes at the break, bringing on Gemma Wilson, Vicki Greenwell, Kelly McDougall, Natalie Gutteridge and Sophie Williams.

Sunderland, playing into the icy wind in the second period, their guest forward scoring from close range in the 48th minute.

The player, wearing the 16 jersey, 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, back after injury, 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, Rachael Laws did have some saves to make in the second half, saving well from Hayley Sinclair, Hayley Cunningham and Megan Karagiozis.

Sunderland: Laws, Holmes, Bannon, Sharp, Trialist, McFadden, Mead, Joice, Kelly, Ramshaw, Trialist.

Half-time subs: Wilson, Greenwell, McDougall, Gutteridge, Williams.