U18s lose to late goal

by Neville Pilkington

Young Black Cats suffer defeat at Stoke.

Stoke City U18 1 Sunderland U18 0

Sunderland's under-18s suffered a late defeat as Stoke struck two minutes from time to take three points in the Potteries.

The young Black Cats had lots of possession in the game but couldn't turn their territorial advantage into goals.

The best first-half opportunities came from a great shot by George Honeyman which was turned round the post by the Stoke keeper.

They were even nearer a goal when full-back Glen Lane crashed in a shot which was turned onto the post by the Stoke keeper.

In the second half Sunderland dominated for long periods, creating lots of openings from crosses without producing an end product.

They paid the penalty late on when Stoke played in a set piece which was headed against the bar and the rebound was crashed home from inside the six-yard box.

Coach Craig Liddle said: "It was a scrappy game on a scrappy surface but we didn't really deserve to lose despite not playing well by any means."

Sunderland: Maddison, Noble, Burn, McNamee, Lane, Holland (Martin, 70), Agnew, Smith, Hope, Honeyman, Mandron.