Superb South Shields progressed to the second round of the Durham Women’s County Cup on Sunday as they confidently defeated Washington 5-0 at Harton Welfare.

The Mariners came close to breaking the deadlock early on, as a header clipped the bar and bounced over.

After piling on some early pressure, Shields took the lead. An in-swinging corner from Rebecca Ward surprised the Washington goalkeeper at the near post and trickled into the back of the net.

Shields kept pressing as the half went on, and very nearly found a second as Eve Gatens tested the goalkeeper from distance. The effort was well caught, as players closed for any rebound.

The home side did double their lead moments later, albeit with a touch of fortune. A miscued clearance ricocheted off Abby Towers and into the net.

Annece Legg burst through the heart of the Washington defence and very nearly put the game out of sight but fired the ball narrowly wide.

Shields scored their third just before half-time. Gatens played a great ball through to Sophie White and after the goalkeeper made a brilliant stop, White pounced on the rebound.

The Mariners were awarded a penalty mere seconds after the start of the second half. White was brought down as she was racing through on goal and Towers slotted home from the spot.

Shields’ constant pressure from the restart paid off as they found a fifth through Gatens. The number nine beat the defender with ease and her effort proved too hot to handle as the goalkeeper fumbled the ball into the net.

Lois Greenslade nearly scored the goal of the game as the winger ran through the Washington midfield, beat the defence and fired a shot off the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Shields’ new boss Scott Curtis was watching on from the sidelines as he assessed the squad ahead of his first game.

He said: “It was a great performance. The clean sheet was important and something that I care about.

“We’re looking to build on this in the future.

“I was impressed, and really do look forward to taking charge and working with this talented group of players.”

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Free summer coaching sessions for girls between the ages of 10 and 12 are available this summer.

The sessions are being delivered in partnership by South Shields Ladies FC and Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light.

The safe, friendly and fun sessions are designed to get the girls active and involved in the game, and are run by experienced female coaches.

They will be held at the Wellness@Harton Sports Centre, at Harton Technology College, in St Mary’s Avenue, South Shields, NE34 6AG.

The sessions start on Thursday, July 21, and will run every Thursday thereafter between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

For more information or to book a place, call 07739 566714.

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The countdown to the 2016-17 campaign is now well underway for all sections of the club.

South Shields Ladies will be holding their first pre-season training session on Wednesday (June 22).

There will be open training sessions during pre-season, with all welcome to join in, and new players wanted for all positions.

There will be teams running at both regional and county level next season, with excellent coaches ready to run quality sessions and ensure all players reach their potential.

A welcoming and friendly atmosphere will be guaranteed at the sessions, on the Temple Park Road pitch, behind Mortimer School’s 3G pitch in South Shields, NE32 0PR.

Training will start on Wednesday between 7pm and 8.30pm, and those interested in taking part or who would like further information can contact manager Stephen Lester on 07772 075395 or by emailing southshieldsfcladies@gmail.com

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