Mikael Mandron

Sunderland U18 1 Spurs U18 2

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Mandron scores in home defeat.

By Neville Pilkington

Spurs' under-18s came from a goal down to beat Sunderland at the Academy of Light.

The Wearsiders looked positive and took an early lead when George Honeyman was brought down in the area by Spurs defender Dominic Ball.  Referee Paul Keogh immediately pointed to the spot and Mikael Mandron crashed home the spot kick to the left of Spurs keeper Lauranc Vigouroux giving him no chance.

They continued to look good until 12 minutes later when Spurs levelled. The ball was only half cleared and Spurs Dan Aykardini pounced to tuck the ball away just inside the post.

Sunderland's Lynden Gooch let fly from 25 yards but was just off-target and then Honeyman was through at an angle but the keeper was out to block and keep parity at the break.

Six minutes after the restart, Spurs took the lead.  Winger Shaq Contehirst cut in to hit a shot which carried enough to go through the legs of Sunderland keeper Johnny Maddison and cross the line.

The young Black Cats kept going in an attempt to save the game and had chances.

Martin Smith was through but the keeper was out well to block and they could have pinched a draw one minute from time.  Midfielder Ethan Robson hit a tremendous shot which was heading for the top corner but keeper Vigouroux pulled off a magnificent save to tip the ball round the post and preserve the win for the Londoners. 

Coach Craig Liddle was honest in his summing up, saying: "I was very disappointed with the performance and we gifted them two goals.  But we kept going and could have levelled at the finish which would have been possibly undeserved."

Sunderland:  Maddison, Lane, T Robson (E Robson, 46), Cartwright, Noble, Sukar, Gooch, Agnew, Mandron, Honeyman, Holland (Smith, 46).

Subs not used:  Burke, McGrath, Martin.