U18s defeated in league opener

by Neville Pilkington

Youngsters go down to late Chelsea strikes.

Chelsea U18 3 Sunderland U18 0

By Neville Pilkington

Sunderland played well but couldn't stem a superior Chelsea second-half performance in their season opener at Cobham.

In a goalless first half, Sunderland turned in a good display but missed some good opportunities to open the scoring.

After 13 minutes, Dylan McEvoy went on a good run and finished most unluckily by hitting the post before Ethan Robson’s free-kick forced a good save from the Chelsea keeper.

In the 25th minute Martin Smith got in behind following a corner only for the Chelsea stopper to pull off another great save.

The Wearsiders had enjoyed good possession throughout what a pleasing first 45 minutes.

Once again the young Black Cats started positively in the second half; moving the ball around well but slack play gave away possession for Chelsea to break on 50 minutes and score from a free-kick that was chipped over the wall.

Sunderland reacted well and created a couple of half-chances; Tom Robson went on a good run and was brought down in the area for a good penalty shout but the referee waved play on.

On 70 minutes the home side doubled their lead, once again counter-attacking well.

And five minutes from time the Blues rounded the game off with their best goal as the ball was smashed home following good individual play.

In the last minute Sunderland were still trying for a consolation and Rees Greenwood fired a super ball across the area with no Black Cats player able to get a touch.

Academy manager Ged McNamee said: “Overall we worked hard and the display gave us something to build on.

“I was pleased with the performance but disappointed with the goals.”

Sunderland: Talbot, Ledger, Colquhoun, Beadling, T Robson, Blinco, Smith, McEvoy (Pybus, 45), E Robson, Greenwood, Gooch (Stinson, 60).

Sub not used: Ellison.