HINDERWELL’S prolific striker Beth Mead scored a hat-trick as Sunderland WFC cruised into the quarter-finals of the FA League Cup with a 7-2 win over previously unbeaten Sheffield ladies.
It capped a memorable weekend for the 17-year-old hotshot who was called up to an England under 19s camp this coming Sunday (20 Jan) in Burton-on-Trent and includes an international friendly against Denmark.
Sunday’s cup game at the Hetton Centre exploded in a frantic six-minute spell when Mead latched on to crossfield pass to cut inside and drive a fierce shot into the top corner after 12 minutes.
Four minutes later the visitors levelled before Kelly McDougall’s free-kick, awarded after Mead was fouled, restored Sunderland’s lead.
The Black Cats extended their lead when Natalie Gutteridge played the ball through for Mead on the right and she took two steps forward before cheekily chipping it over the keeper.
Mead completed her treble three minutes into the second half when she rifled the ball home from 20 yards.
Sunderland never looked back, adding another four goals to soar into a 7-1 lead before shell-shocked Sheffield netted a late consolation.
Boss Mick Mulhern was delighted after the game: “It was a great result against a good, well-organised side.
“I’m delighted with my players - they were excellent from back to front.”