Gooch delighted with cup win

by Ashley Houghton

American striker pleased to get on scoresheet at Portman Road.

Sunderland U18 striker Lynden Gooch was delighted to continue his fine run of form as the young Black Cats progressed to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup with a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Gooch levelled early in the second half with a superb individual effort that culminated in the American striker rifling home into the bottom left-hand corner.

And the California-born striker told he was pleased to contribute with his seventh goal of the campaign as Maksymilian Stryjek saved two Ipswich spot-kicks in the shootout.

“It was a tough game for everyone,” Gooch said. “I just got the ball, went past a couple of people, and hit it - we needed a goal and luckily it went in.

“Our passing game wasn’t really working tonight so we needed something from somewhere and I was just pleased the ball went in.

“We’ve been practicing them [penalties] all week and all of ours went in so it obviously paid off and Max also did well to make the saves.”

The young Black Cats were made to work hard for the win at Portman Road by the hosts and Gooch praised his teammates' work ethic and character as they travel back to Wearside in the hat for the fourth round draw.

“The whole occasion brought a lot of pressure and they pressed us quite high so it was hard to get the ball moving, but we stuck together and managed to grind the result out,” he added.

“We had to put a shift in for the team to try and win the ball back and put their team under pressure as well.

“During pre-season we worked really hard and we said that we wanted to do lots more running so we could be fitter than any other team and I think it paid off tonight – we’re all just really pleased to go through.”