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New Ferens Park (Durham City FC) was the venue for the much anticipated "Clash of the Titans" Charity match in aid of "The Blood Foundation".
Sunderland Ladies' stars past and present gathered together to support a worthy cause and a large crowd were treated to a feast of skill, entertainment and fun.
The "Oldies" contained five current England Internationals, several former stalwarts and even a few expanding waistlines. The current squad were almost at full strength and introduced a couple of new signings and stars of the future.
The game began at a fast and furious pace and this continued for all of four minutes before Jen O'Neill had to be replaced through exhaustion. (Sorry Jen!)
The first chance went to the "Oldies" as a Steph Houghton free kick was smartly turned away by Helen Alderson. Soon after the current team took the lead when Beth Mead slotted home and she doubled the lead soon after with a well placed effort. New signing Rebekah Bass scored a third following good work by Mead before Sarah McFadden added a fourth just before the break.
As the second half got under way, Abby Holmes crashed an effort against the post, unfortunately it was at the wrong end, before it was scrambled away. The "Oldies" were stepping up their game and Jordan Nobbs, twice, and Michaela Carter were denied by Alderson after some fine interplay involving Jill Scott and Steph Houghton.
Further goals from SAFC Ladies by Kelly McDougall, and Mead (2) made the game safe and gave the score line a one sided look (which it was). There was still time for former stalwart (and chief organiser) Julie Twaddle to jink her way through and nutmeg Vicky Greenwell before firing over.
The "oldies" were awarded a late penalty but still couldn't score as Alderson saved a twice taken spot kick from Karen Scorer, much to the dismay of all present. The final action of the game saw an exciting run by former defender Emma Redhead result in a delightful chip which came back off the bar by which time the "Oldies" seemed to have lost the ability to count as they ended the match with 15 players on the field.
FULL TIME....SAFC Ladies 7 Former Sunderland Ladies 0
Sunderland AFC Ladies (from): Alderson, Holmes, Bannon, Wilson, Greenwell, McFadden, Joice, McDougall, Bass, Ramshaw, Mead, Beer, Potts, McHugh, Dodds.
(Those formerly known as) Sunderland Ladies (from): Telford, Bronze, Burnip, Scott, O'Neill, Scorer, Twaddle, Nobbs, Reay, Lanaghan, Houghton....Redhead, Raine, Baxter, Brown, Smith, Stephenson, McIntosh, Bell.
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