Mikael Mandron

Youths draw with Tigers

by Stuart Vose

Under-18s claim friendly draw.

Sunderland U18 2 Hull City U18 2

Sunderland’s under-18s claimed a draw in an end-to-end friendly against Hull City at the Academy of Light.

Ethan Robson and Mikael Mandron was on target for the hosts, who are without a league game this weekend.

The Tigers were back on Wearside after their under-21 side went down 3-1 to the Black Cats earlier in the week.

Frenchman Mandron (pictured) opened the scoring after 20 minutes, netting from the penalty spot after being fouled in the area.

City hit back 15 minutes later, scoring after Sunderland were dispossessed on the edge of their own box.

Schoolboy Robson re-established the lead on the hour, rounding off an excellent team move by finishing well.

But Hull weren’t done and equalised ten minutes from the end when the ball was forced home following a corner.

The hosts had chances to win the game late on but were forced to settle for a draw in the end.

Coach Craig Liddle said afterwards: “The lads had a good work-out and it was good to see them getting minutes under their belt.

“We played some good stuff in spells against a decent Hull side.”

Sunderland: Burke, McCarthy, Noble, Sukar, T Robson, Martin, Smith, E Robson, Holland, Mandron, Honeyman.