Training at the Academy of Light

Defeat for young U18 side

by Neville Pilkington

Mix-and-match squad go down at Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspur U18 4 Sunderland U18 0

In view of the upcoming FA Youth Cup tie at Manchester City, it was a very young Sunderland side that went down at Spurs.

The hosts started very well and took an early lead in the fourth minute following a defensive error.

In the 20th minute the young Black Cats fell further behind following another lapse at the back.

The score was still 2-0 at half time and in the second half Sunderland played much better, keeping their shape well and having much more of the ball.

The whole team worked very hard in their attempt to get back into the game but tired towards the end and conceded two more goals in the last five minutes.

Both came down the right-hand side and sub keeper Greg Purvis was most unlucky with one of the goals, making a great save only for the ball to fall free for a tap-in.

Head of coaching Elliott Dickman said afterwards: “It was a very young side and they gained valuable experience from the game.”

Sunderland: Burke (Purvis, 55), Ellison, Colquhoun, Sukar, T Robson, McCarthy, Holland, E Robson, Blincoe, Thomas (Pickard, 45), Trialist (Ledger, 45).