James Stinson

Stinson nets hat-trick in win

by Neville Pilkington

Young Cats hit five against Wolves.

Sunderland U18 5 Wolves U18 3

A James Stinson hat-trick was the highlight as Sunderland’s under-18s bounced back from last defeat at Liverpool to win an eight-goal thriller at the Academy of Light.

Stinson’s hat-trick for the hosts was cancelled out by three goals from Wolves’ David Moli before Ross Holland and George Honeyman scored in the final 25 minutes to win it for the hosts.

Taking in the game was Sunderland owner Ellis Short who saw a match equal to the sparkling sunshine in which the game was played.

After a quiet opening the young Black Cats took the lead in the 18th minute. Holland found Stinson and the striker fired across Wolves keeper John Flatt just inside the far post.

Wolves hit-back to level four minutes later, a through ball down the middle, from an unfortunate ricochet, released ex-Liverpool striker Moli who slipped the ball under the on rushing Sunderland keeper Peter Burke.

The hosts regained the advantage just before the break; Holland’s shot was palmed away by Flatt, straight into the path of Stinson who slotted in his second.

Just after half-time, Stinson completed his hat-trick, sweeping the ball home from five yards after both Ethan Robson and Holland had made half-connections with a bouncing ball in the area.

However the visitors hit back when Moli went through to roll home his second minutes later.

Just after the hour-mark, Wanderers were level, when Moli side-footed in from six yards to complete his treble.

The exciting match could have gone either way at this stage but the young Black Cats composed themselves to retake the lead on 68 minutes, George Honeyman cut in from the left to find Stinson who, with his back to goal, laid the ball off for Holland to fire home across the keeper.

Stinson played a part in the fifth goal, also, this time setting up Honeyman with the easiest of chances to make it 5-3.

Sunderland: Burke, Ledger, McNamee (C), Sukar, Lane, E Robson, Agnew, T Robson (Honeyman, 56), Holland (McCarthy, 85), Smith, Stinson.