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Red Devils down youngsters

by Stuart Vose

Under-18s defeated at Academy.

Sunderland U18 0 Manchester United U18 4

Sunderland played well despite suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Manchester United at the Academy of Light.

The first half was fairly even but the visitors went ahead when the Sunderland defence over-elaborated when trying to play the ball out of defence and were punished.

Callum Hope could have equalised before the break but pulled his effort wide with only the keeper to beat.

The Wearsiders came out fired up for the second period and dominated the first 30 minutes of play.

Mikael Mandron put a header over the top from only four yards out following a great move. Then George Honeyman took a free kick for Martin Smith to crash in a goal bound shot only to hit Sunderland defender Johnny Burn who was up for the set piece.

With 15 minutes left, United got their second when Sunderland keeper Johnny Maddison tried to play the ball out but his pass was intercepted for United to double the lead.

Five minutes later, a corner was headed home but the best goal came in the last minute from a scorcher into the top corner from 25 yards.

Sunderland coach Craig Liddle remainder upbeat afterwards, saying: "Even the Manchester United staff were complimentary, saying that we had played well - the scoreline was really very harsh on the lads."

Sunderland: Maddison, Noble, Burn, Sukar (McNamee, 55), Lane, Holland, Agnew, Smith (E Robson, 85), Hope (T Robson, 75) Mandron, Honeyman.