Emphatic win for SSFC Ladies at Barnsley
South Shields enjoyed an emphatic victory as they comfortably beat Barnsley Reserves 6-1 on Sunday.
The Ladies, donning the club’s new away kit for the first time, were in control throughout their penultimate pre-season game.
They started on the front foot as Ellie White opened the scoring. She found space on the right-hand side of the box and powered her strike into the roof of the net.
It wasn’t long before Shields made it two. The Barnsley goalkeeper spilled an effort, which presented Isla Maggs with an open net.
Maggs caused Barnsley trouble throughout the afternoon and she nearly made it three as she curled an shot just beyond the far post.
The Mariners nearly added to the scoreline shortly afterwards as White played a great ball across the box to Maggs, but she hit the bar.
It was then Jade Dryden’s turn to go close. She beat her defender on the left wing and cut inside but the goalkeeper matched the effort.
Dryden then had a similar chance on the stroke of half-time as she beat her defender again, but the goalkeeper did well to parry her shot.
Only seconds after the restart, Rebecca Ward made it three. She twisted and turned, beating the defender, and powered an effort beyond the goalkeeper.
Shields continued to press and that nearly paid off as White won the ball high up the pitch, but her strike went straight at the goalkeeper.
Shortly afterwards, Maggs added a fourth. White again found acres of space on the right side and played the ball square to Maggs, who brilliantly placed a shot into the top corner.
It wasn’t long before Maggs grabbed her hat-trick. Dryden drove into the open space on the right wing and picked out Maggs, who had an empty net and made it five.
The goals kept coming, and this time it was Dryden’s turn to add to the scoreline. Maggs split the defence open with a great pass, and all Dryden had to do was slot the ball home.
Despite a fantastic Shields performance, Barnsley Reserves did grab a consolation. A lack of concentration at the back allowed the Yorkshire side to press, which resulted in a goal.
After the game, Shields head coach Scott Curtis said: “It was a great performance against a good side. We were aggressive and it showed in the scoreline.
“It was disappointing to not keep the clean sheet, but we are looking more and more ready for the new season.”