Sunderland Ladies third in Women’s Super League 1 after beating Birmingham City 3-0

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THREE goals, a clean sheet and third place in the Women’s Super League 1 table.

It was a dream night for Sunderland Ladies who now go into a two-month break sitting pretty in the table following their 3-0 win over Birmingham City.

If you had offered nine points at the start of the season, we’d have snatched your hand off

RACHAEL LAWS

They will drop to fourth if Notts County either draw or beat Liverpool tomorrow or if the Reds win at Meadow Lane.

But skipper Rachael Laws, leading the side in place of the injured Steph Bannon, said there is great satisfaction in the Lady Black Cats camp after winning three of their first six fixtures.

“If you had offered nine points at the start of the season, we’d have snatched your hand off,” she said.

“I’m not going to say how many points we’d talked about before WSL 1 started but it wasn’t this many.”

It proved a strange game at Hetton, where Sunderland took the lead after 25 seconds through Beth Mead, before coming under pressure.

But brilliant strikes by Brooke Chaplen and Vicky Greenwell took them three up and out of sight.

“We rode our luck a little but I though we worked hard and deserved our luck,” said Laws. “I think we deserved the win.

“We were very good defensively, we’ve worked hard on it over the week.

“Tonight we proved we can keep a clean sheet and score goals.”