Gooch at the double in win over Everton

by Neville Pilkington

American frontman helps young Black Cats to fourth consecutive success.

Sunderland gave a great all round team performance to beat highly placed Everton at the Toffees’ Finch Farm training ground.

It was by no means easy, but an adventurous 3-5-2 formation with two wing backs proved a decisive master stroke by the young Black Cats’ coaching staff.

Everton simply had no answer to the solid defending, incisive raids on goal and clinical finishing from Sunderland.

The Wearsiders took an early lead in the sixth minute when Ethan Robson robbed a midfielder to feed Lynden Gooch who drew the keeper and then passed the ball into the net for a classy finish.

Everton were well in the game but were contained by good disciplined defending for the rest of the half before Sunderland broke to double their advantage.

Once again it was Ethan Robson who found Rees Greenwood who then passed to Gooch to take on a defender and bang the ball home.

In the second half the Toffees put the visitors under pressure but committed defending, combined with superb goalkeeping by Peter Burke,  kept them at bay until they reduced the lead on 54 minutes from the penalty spot.

Undeterred by the set-back, the young Black Cats took only four minutes to regain their two goal advantage when they broke forward for striker James Stinson to take on a defender and hit a tremendous shot in off the post.

The Merseysiders fought back valiantly but it was Sunderland's game and sub Andrew Nelson had further chances to enhance a hard-earned victory.

Coach Ged McNamee said: "The win was even better considering we played two under 16's and brought on another two but everyone contributed in a deserved win."

Sunderland: Burke; Lowrie, Beadling, Ledger, J. Robson (Wright, 52), Greenwood (McEvoy, 78), Smith, T. Robson, Gooch (Nelson, 70), Stinson.