Black Cats Broadcast 16/17 Season: Episode 1 – Preseason

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The new season brings a new edition of the Black Cats Broadcast, we look at the drama of the managerial change, the transfers so far, the preseason games and our new strips.

As always any opinions shared in this podcast are our own and are therefore biased, despite some of them being based on facts. We express as we always do, we are in no way associated with Sunderland football club and nothing we say reflects their views.

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Lady Black Cats Broadcast #3

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The next instalment is now available to listen to, and we are finally able to bring some good news!

In this episode we discuss the first league win of the season over Doncaster Rover Belles, which could be the start of our survival in WSL1.

As always we must emphasise that this podcasts contains biased opinions,  we are in no way in affiliation with sunderland and we do not reflect the views of the club or anyone involved with it.

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Lady Black Cats Broadcast #2

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The next instalment of the Lady Black Cats Broadcast is now available online for you all to listen to.

In this episode we discuss the 3 losses we suffered following the mid-season break, and look to see if we can love past this disappointing run and remain in the WSL1.

There are biased opinions in this podcast, despite them being based on facts, we emphasise that we are in no way affiliated with Sunderland, and anything we say does not reflect the views of anyone at the club.

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Elation over Doncaster Win

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Sunderland ladies faced Doncaster Rover Belles on Saturday 9th of July, and following an even start overcame their opponents in a 4-0 win, their first league win of the campaign and their first league win since this time last year. This is a tremendous feat regarding the league we have had, and a huge sigh of release can be heard throughout the Sunderland supporters if you listen hard enough…

Saturday started out different to any other day, it started out with the nervousness brought alongside the knowledge that the biggest game of the season was to occur in a mere amount of hours. Following the previous weeks loss to Doncaster in the Continental Tyres cup attitudes on this game was split. Some thought Sunderland’s ability to hold Doncaster to a 2-1 defeat with a weaker team meant sure victory for the hosts, whereas other thought the confidence Donny gained from the win might pit them ahead of the black cats despite a stronger team to face.

As kickoff loomed closer fans were blessed with a bit of good news, star Doncaster player Katrin Omarsdottir was missing the game for personal reasons – a real blessing in disguise for our team. Sunderland were able to enter the game at full strength with high confidence, while Doncaster were left weaker than previously expected.

Laws, Mead and Roche reemerged in the starting eleven for Saturday’s game, whilst captain Bannon was still benched, leaving Tori Williams to take the armband in the most crucial game of the season. For the first 20 minutes it was even, end to end football with shots and chances for both teams. Come 23 minutes into the match Mead breaks through on goal and is fouled on the edge of the box by Donny captain Leandra Little takes her down and is given straight red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity. Time is then wasted by the dismissed Donny player who refuses to leave the bench to go into the changing rooms, and after 2 minutes she is eventually booed up the tunnel.

This turns into a crucial event within the match. Two teams – estimated to be of the same calibre, same standard, same ability – were now split, split eleven players to ten as Doncaster’s captain succeeded in weakening their backline. A backline that was already failing to deal with the Mighty Mead.

Following this sending off Sunderland have an array of chances, Staniforth puts the resulting free kick just over the bar, Mead has a shot deflected, Staniforth has another chance from range which is stopped by goalkeeper Hobbs and is then fired over again by Mead, and Mead again is denied by the feet of Hobbs. Mead finally catches her break 34 minutes into the game who taps home a ball to the near post from Hill, and puts the lady black cats 1-0 up.

Mead has another following chance which forces Hobbs to put the ball out for a corner. Staniforth whips it in expertly to defender Hayley Sharp who heads it home to double the lead just 4 minutes after the first is scored. By this point the fans are certain that Sunderland will be able to pull off a win, as our two goals equals the highest amount Doncaster have scored in a game this season.

An extensive 5 minutes are added on at the end of the half following delays, especially the major one of getting Little to leave the pitch. Due to this Mead is able to get her 2nd and the teams 3rd in the second minute of added time. She gains the ball outside the area and takes some fantastic touches before trying her luck from range and bending it into the bottom corner, leaving the black cats in a lovely cushion of a 3-0 lead at half time.

The teams emerge for the second half and after just 5 minutes of play the game is halted as Mead required treatment. It seems serious as she goes down holding her head/neck and the ball is put out by captain Williams to get her help. The physios come on and immediately ask for assistance from the Doncaster physios, and goalkeeper Hobbs, a firefighter by trade, also assists in the treatment. Soon after the referee signals for the stretcher to be brought on. She is stretchered off the pitch after 4 minutes of stoppage and receives a standing ovation from the fans for her goals. The team is forced into their first change of the game as she is replaced by Joice who slots into midfield and Maddie Hill is pushed into the striker position.

More strikes follow from both Hill and Joice as they are provided with through balls and passes from Furness and Roche, but it is midfielder Brooke Chaplen who gets the goal to solidify the final score at 4-0. She is able to break through the Donny back line and she fires a strike that curls into the top corner of the net with 12 minutes left on the clock. 3 minutes later Roche is substituted off for Kelly McDougall who plays the final 10 minutes of the game. The lasses stay dominant to the final minute of regulation time and through the additional 4 minutes added on.

The final whistle finally blows and we are able to hear the victory music for the first time in the league this year, and what a sweet sound it was. It was an incredibly important win as Reading lost their match against Liverpool and Sunderland were able to rise to the high heights of 7th place on 6 points. This puts hope in the hearts of Sunderland supporters regarding their future in the WSL 1, and oh what a good feeling it is. We aim now to also win away against them following our month break in August, after they face liverpool less than a week before the game. Should this game go our way, we should hopefully survive the relegation battle the same way our counterparts in the men’s team so often do.

Black Cats Broadcast #2 – No Contract Extension.

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The next instalment of the Black Cats Broadcast is now online for you all to listen to!

In this episode we look at the players we let go this season through their contracts being allowed to run out, what they did and how they will be remembered, whether they will be missed and what they may do next.

As always any opinions shared in this podcast are our own and are therefore biased, despite some of them being based on facts. We express as we always do, we are in no way associated with Sunderland football club and nothing we say reflects their views.

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Santiago Vergini departs for Argentina

 

Santiago-Vergini-010.jpgSantiago Vergini has left the black cats to join Club Atletico Boca Juniors for an undisclosed fee.

Vergini, who was first loaned to us from Estudiantes, made 51 appearances for us since  joining in 2014. The centre back was then loaned out to Getafe last season where he made 25 appearances.

He has now returned to his home country of Argentina to play for Club Atletico Boca Juniors despite failing his medical with them earlier this week, for a rumoured fee of around £1.5 million, though no fee has officially been announced.

We wish him all the best in the future with his new club.

No Move for Number #1

Number #1 keeper Vito Mannone has today been revealed to have extended his stay with the Wearside club. He had signed a contract extension that will see him remain with the black cats until 2018, news that delights most fans.

After Costel Pantillimon departed the club during the January transfer window it was Mannone’s turn to step up and regain his number one spot for the club. After some crucial saves in games against major teams, particularly the Chelsea game at the end of the season, he has successfully done so and earned his place with the club

He will be a very valued asset to the team this season and will prove crucial in our bid to avoid the relegation zone.