Youngsters defeated in derby clash

by Neville Pilkington

U18s lose in Tyne-Wear derby.

Newcastle United U18 3 Sunderland U18 0

Sunderland suffered a disappointing 3-0 reverse against rivals Newcastle United at the Little Benton training complex.

The young Black Cats struggled to generate opportunities and United, having contained the visitors fairly easily, finished up with an emphatic win.

The first half saw both sides largely cancel each other out in midfield with each playing good passing football but creating few chances.

It was the Tynesiders who broke the deadlock five minutes before the break when a penalty was awarded after Sunderland's Martin Smith brought down winger Alex Gilliead inside the box and Liam Smith stepped up to score with a hard low left footed spot-kick.

Once again, play in the opening period of the second half was relatively quiet with both sides probing in vain for a breakthrough until the 66th minute when the hosts doubled their lead; striker Jon Quinn receiving the ball in the area and drilling a low drive into the far corner across Peter Burke.

Newcastle dominated and were well on top for the rest of the game and they wrapped up the match with a third goal one minute from time; it came from a cross from the right which eluded Burke and saw Gilliead come in at the far post to side-foot home.

Academy manager Ged McNamee said: "The better team won and we were totally outplayed.

“The only pluses came from the under-16 players who took part - Daniel Pybus, Daniel Wright and Josh Robson."

Sunderland:  Burke, Ledger, T Robson, Smith (McEvoy, 45), Colquhoun, Beadling, Greenwood, Wright, Stinson (Pybus, 79), Gooch, Blinco (J Robson, 67).

Sub not used: Talbot.