SSFC Ladies come from behind to beat Wallsend

SSFC Ladies come from behind to beat Wallsend

South Shields ran away 3-1 victors as they swept Wallsend aside in their latest pre-season friendly on Sunday.

The Mariners had to come from behind to win, with head coach Scott Curtis full of praise for his players afterwards for the effort they demonstrated.

Shields started well and almost took the lead as Isla Maggs found herself on the end of a knockdown by Eve Gatens, but her effort went narrowly wide.

The first goal ultimately belonged to Wallsend when they capitalised on a loose ball after a corner was not fully cleared.

After mounting pressure, Shields found an equaliser. Rebecca Ward whipped in a great corner which found Gatens at the back post, and she tapped the ball into an empty net.

Gatens then fizzed a great cross into the box as the Mariners looked to go in front, but it was just out of reach for everyone closing in.

Seconds afterwards, Wallsend almost made it 2-1 when a good bit of passing play opened up a shooting opportunity, but Scarlett Gowans made a great save.

It was developing into an entertaining encounter and the next chance went the way of Shields as Maggs found herself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, only to be denied by a fine save.

Wallsend went close themselves when a looping effort looked destined for the back of the net, but Gowans tipped it onto the bar.

Shields were indebted to Shannon McSweeney for keeping the scores level as she headed off the line.

That proved to be crucial when the Mariners were awarded a penalty following a foul on Gatens. Maggs stepped up and confidently fired into the bottom corner.

Seconds before full-time, Shields bagged a third when Maggs played a wonderful backheel to Natalie May, who killed the game off.

After the victory, head coach Curtis said: “Wallsend are a team in our division and to come away with a win was a great feeling.

“We couldn’t fault any of the performances, as everybody gave 110% and it’s what I want to see.

“We’re disappointed not to get the clean sheet but overall the performance was great.”