Liverpool Ladies - Sunderland Ladies Preview: Wearsiders aiming to put cup embarrasment behind them

The Lady Black Cats resume their league campaign in Widnes on Saturday.

Liverpool Ladies - Sunderland Ladies Preview: Wearsiders aiming to put cup embarrasment behind them
Beth Mead heads home against Liverpool in last season's 2-1 win in Widnes. (Photo: Anfield Wrap)

Sunderland Ladies will be looking for a quick rebound in the league at Liverpool Ladies after an embarrassing FA Women's Cup showing last week.

Semi final nightmare

Last Sunday was really a day to forget for the Lady Black Cats and one of the worst in the history of Sunderland Ladies AFC, as they were blown away by Arsenal in the semi-finals of the cup, losing their tie in North London 7-0.

Things had looked promising for Carlton Fairweather's team when Emma Mitchell was sent off in the first half for Arsenal, but Sunderland allowed things to be levelled up quickly as Abby Holmes also saw red in a game that lost control in many ways, mainly in defence for the Wearsiders, who missed out on a first ever trip to Wembley.

League patience

The season officially started a month ago, but this is only the second league game of the season for both teams.

Sunderland have already played three cup ties though so have had a bit more competitive football under their belts than their opponents in 2016.

The Wearsiders will be looking to get their first win and stay unbeaten this weekend after an opening day draw at home to newly promoted Reading, the final score 1-1 as star striker Beth Mead got off the mark in WSL 1.

The opposition

As previously mentioned, Liverpool, like Sunderland, have had little league action despite it being four weeks since the opening day.

However in their first game the Reds were victorious as they saw off Birmingham City 1-0 at home thanks to a Shanice van de Sanden goal.

One would expect them to finish higher than seventh, where they placed in 2015, this year after some good signings, including van de Sanden and England international Alex Greenwood from Notts County, amongst others.

Yet, they did ride their luck a bit against Birmingham, with the Midlands outfit missing two penalties in the game, and will be looking to put in a more convincing display in their first away match of the campaign.

Liverpool have undergone plenty of change since the last time these two met. (Photo: Liverpool Echo)
Liverpool have undergone plenty of change since the last time these two met. (Photo: Liverpool Echo)

Last year's meetings

Sunderland will be hoping for a repeat of 2015's league results against Liverpool as they didn't lose either game against the Scousers.

A 2-2 draw at home was a good result against the then reigning champions of the WSL, while a 2-1 win at the Select Security Stadium, where this weekend's game takes place, was a massive result that shocked everyone on the opening day.