Mead strike helps Black Cats into league cup semi

Sunderland players congratulate Beth Mead after her goal helped them to a 2-0 win over Cardiff'picture: Susan Gutteridge
Sunderland players congratulate Beth Mead after her goal helped them to a 2-0 win over Cardiff'picture: Susan Gutteridge

HINDERWELL’S Beth Mead netted to put her Sunderland ladies side into the semi-finals of the League Cup on Sunday.

In a scrappy game played in freezing conditions, current National Premier League Champions Sunderland made hard work of beating a well-organised Cardiff City side who pushed them all the way.

The deadlock was broken in the 28th minute when Sophie Williams’ fine cross from the right was helped on by Natalie Gutteridge for Whitby Community College student Mead (17) to hit a low drive from the left edge of the box and into far corner.

Williams added a second late on to calm the nerves and seal the victory.

Manager Mick Mulhern was realistic at the final whistle.

“It was a tough game against a well organised side,” he said.

“Obviously after a few weekends without a competitive game we were a bit rusty.

“I’m pleased with my players and it’s a sign of a good team who can dig in and win ugly.”