Sunderland 2-0 Blackburn Rovers: Dominant Black Cats keep up winning start

Blackburn Rovers warm up.
Blackburn Rovers warm up prior to the FA Women's Championship match against Sheffield United at Bamber Bridge, Blackburn, United Kingdom on 29 August 2021. (Photo by Kevin Warburton)

Sunderland kept their 100% winning record as they easily brushed aside Blackburn Rovers at the Stadium of Light in a game where the hosts could’ve had four or five goals.

It was a perfect start for Sunderland as Neve Herron headed home the opener after just seven minutes.

The Black Cats were relentless at the start of the first half with Scarr capitalising on a mistake at the back before slotting home at the near post.

The Black Cats started brightly causing havoc for Blackburn’s right-hand side which saw them win a free kick in line with the box. Herron calmly nodded past the onrushing Brooks to open the scoring.

First-half dominance enough for Sunderland

Sunderland’s number 11, Brown, was causing problems as she nutmegged Coan twice which saw the full back end up in the referees’ book early on.

It was a missed attempt to clear the ball by the Blackburn defence which saw Scarr nip in behind and when one on one with Ferguson, calmly slotted under the keeper at her near post.

Sunderland should have been three for the home side as a loose ball was not cleared by Blackburn which allowed last week’s Championship player of the week, Farrugia, saw her half volley saved well by Brooks.

One the stroke of half-time Sunderland had a two on one but Scarr decided against slipping in Farrugia who was open to her left and that saw her tame effort end rolling out for a corner.

Lacklustre Blackburn fall to first defeat of the season

Sunderland became a lot more sloppy in the second half as they looked vulnerable from set-pieces which saw Blackburn hit the bar, post and then had two shots blocked on the line with Richards, Doyle, Blanchard and Fenton all having an effort at goal.

Following that flurry of chances for Balckburn, the second half fizzled away with the visitors to get the ball anywhere near Sunderland’s box.

The Black Cats were at a much lower standard in the second 45 minutes but they controlled the game and kept Blackburn limited to long-range efforts and played on the counter attack themselves.

Following Blackburn’s impressive 2-0 win against Sheffield United, they will have arrived in the north East expecting a big performance but they never got going and were seemingly beaten before 20 minutes.

The Black Cats will be happy with their start to the season and hopeful that they can keep it up having scored three times and are still yet to concede, looking solid defensively at the Stadium of Light.

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