SSFC Ladies beaten in County Cup semi-final

SSFC Ladies beaten in County Cup semi-final

South Shields FC Ladies were knocked out of the Durham FA Women’s County Cup on Sunday as they were beaten 1-0 by Sunderland West End.

The Mariners were looking to qualify for the final of the competition for the second successive year, but fell just short against the Wearside outfit.

That was despite a bright start which led to Shields creating the first chance as Eve Gatens tried her luck from distance, but her effort went high and wide.

At the other end, Scarlett Gowans made an excellent save as a Sunderland West End free-kick looked destined for the top corner.

The Mariners were awarded a penalty shortly before the break after a handball, but Sophie White put the spot-kick just wide.

The entertaining opening to the match continued, with both sides having opportunities.

A Caitlin Bates shot from the edge of the area was saved before West End broke and narrowly failed to open the scoring.

Most of the chances went Shields’ way, with the next effort coming from Gabby Pedersen as she tested the goalkeeper from the edge of the area.

Bates curled a shot just over the crossbar and then it was Gatens’ turn to come close as she cut in from the left and curled a shot narrowly past the post.

Natalie May found herself through on goal late in the game, but the goalkeeper somehow tipped her attempt behind for a corner.

The Mariners came close again from the resulting corner. Megan Archbold’s side footed effort cleared the crossbar.

Despite Shields’ pressure, West End came away with the victory. A deep cross resulted in a bundle in the box, and the ball was eventually poked over the line.

After the game, head coach Ben Garrity said: “Football can be a tough game sometimes and I think that showed on Sunday.

“In my opinion we dominated the game. It was a massive improvement on the standards of the past few games, which was excellent to see.

“We had plenty of chances to finish the game, including a penalty in the first half and a one-on-one in the second half, where we could’ve put it to bed, but still we lacked that bit of composure and confidence to find the back of the net.

“It was very pleasing to see the work-rate and commitment back to high levels compared to the past few games.

“Hopefully, we can carry on for the rest of the season and have a good run in the League Cup, which is a trophy I’m fully expecting our lasses to win, come the end of the season.”