The boot room at the Academy of Light

U18s' play-off opponents confirmed

by Stuart Vose

Youngsters to face Aston Villa.

Sunderland’s U18s will play Aston Villa in the Barclays U18 Premier League play-offs.

Villa ran out 6-1 winners at Norwich on Thursday afternoon to finish top of Group 2, setting up a meeting with a Black Cats side who topped Group 1.

The one-off game will take place at the Academy of Light this Sunday (May 12), KO 11am.

The young Black Cats confirmed top spot with a 2-0 win over Liverpool last weekend, finishing the campaign with 23 points from their 12 games at the second group stage.

Villa, meanwhile, claimed 20 points from a dozen games, with their win over Norwich moving them into top spot from fourth place.

The winners of Sunday’s game will play Fulham – the winners of the Elite Group – for a place in the play-off final.

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