George Honeyman

Away day joy for U18s

by David Pilkington

Four goals enough to see off Wolves.

Wolverhampton Wanderers U18s 1 Sunderland U18s 4

Sunderland started the New Year with an emphatic win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Despite having several opportunities to take the lead in the first half, the young Black Cats were punished, when they were caught napping at the back on 35 minutes when the hosts took the lead.
The visitors levelled it in the 55th minute, when Gooch was brought down in the home penalty area, and Reece Noble stepped up to convert the resulting penalty.
Five minutes later, George Honeyman picked up the ball wide outside on the left wing, cut inside and curled a terrific shot, to beat the keeper.
The young Black Cats continued to push, and made it 3, when on 70 minutes the Wolves keeper could only parry Mikael Mandron's strike and the loose ball was slotted home by Tom McNamee.
Sunderland wrapped up the game in the 80th minute, when Nathan Thomas picked up the ball on the halfway line, and whilst running at the Wolves defenders, let fly from 25 yards to seal the win.
Sunderland: Dixon, R Noble, Lane, Cartwright (Smith 80), McNamee, Beadling, Holland, Robson (Agnew 65), Mandron, Honeyman, Gooch (Robson 65).  Subs not used: Burn, Burke