Training at the Academy of Light

U18s downed by Spurs

by Ashley Houghton

Defeat for youngsters in London.

Tottenham Hotspur U18 5 Sunderland U18 1

The young Black Cats rued a slow start as they were defeated 5-1 by Tottenham Hotspur in London.

The hosts started brightly and broke the deadlock on ten minutes.

Spurs then doubled their advantage on 35 minutes before making it 3-0 on the stroke of half time.

Craig Liddle changed his side’s formation at the break and the Black Cats showed more resistance and fight as the second half progressed.

That resistance was broken, though, as the vibrant Spurs made it 4-0 on the hour mark.

Martin Smith scored a late consolation with a sublime free-kick 20 minutes from time before Spurs made it 5-1 in the closing stages, leaving Liddle frustrated at his boys' slow start.

He said: “I was bitterly disappointed with our first-half performance.

“We started very slowly and very poorly; we were barely out of the blocks when their third goal went in.

“We changed it around a bit in the second half but the damage had already been done."

Sunderland: Dixon, Reece Noble, Ledger, Lane, Holland, Agnew, Smith, T Robson, Honeyman (Stinson, 80), Thomas (E Robson, 45 (McCarthy 80)).

Additional material by David Pilkington