Women’s football: Sunderland at home in FA Cup

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SUNDERLAND Women play their first home game since mid-November tomorrow when theur take on Portsmouth in the FA Cup at the Academy of Light (1pm).

The Lady Black Cats are out for revenge after their shock 2-1 defeat to the Sourthern Division side in the quarter-finals of the League Cup a fortnight ago.

That was Sunderland’s first game in two months because of the freezing winter and they were made to pay for a rusty display, when they failed to make the most of their scoring chances and ultimately lost after extra-time.

Manager Mick Mulhern, though, has boosted his squad this week with the signing of midfielder Amy Vaughan from Doncaster Belles.

The Amy 18-year-old is a tough-tackling midfielder with an eye for goal. She comes from a strong footballing background as she is the daughter of ex Rotherham United footballer Ian Vaughan.

“I have known about Amy since she was at Sheffield United Academy,” said Mulhern.

“She was a goalscoring midfielder with a lot of potential and I wasn’t surprised when John Buckley signed her at the Belles. The next time I heard of Amy was when she scored a hat-trick from midfield against our reserves last season and to be honest I wasn’t surprised, having seen her play for Sheffield United as a youngster.

“She played several first team Belles games last season, including appearances against Arsenal and Everton, which is valuable National League experience.

“Amy played in midfield for the Belles when they beat us 3-0 at Hetton towards the end of last season and she impressed me then. As soon as I knew she was available, I pushed to sign her.

“There was interest from other clubs in the National League and I’m delighted she has decided to come to Sunderland. Amy is a young player with bags of potential and hopefully she will develop further at Sunderland.”