Youngsters hit four at Spurs

by Neville Pilkington

Young Black Cats wrap up deserved away win.

Tottenham Hotspur U18 1 Sunderland U18 4

Sunderland finally got the result that recent performances have deserved with a super away win at Spurs.

The young Black Cats went a goal down but came back strongly to power home to a brilliant win. Tottenham just couldn't cope with Sunderland’s high-pressing, fast-breaking play in the latter stages as the under-18’s went on to force a tremendous victory.

Spurs actually edged the first half and took the lead on 19 minutes when Sunderland keeper Max Stryjek came out of his area for a ball played over the top but couldn't retain possession and Spurs took full advantage.

The Wearsiders hit back with Lynden Gooch putting a good effort just past the post and then Ethan Robson went even closer, hitting an upright following a corner.

Gooch again spun his marker to force a great one-handed save from the keeper as Sunderland went on to finally level five minutes before the break when Robson curled in a ball over the wall from a set piece.

In the second period both Jordan Blinco and Martin Smith drew good saves before the young Black Cats took a deserved lead on 66 minutes. Rees Greenwood (pictured) whipped in a fierce cross which was deflected in by a Spurs defender at the near post.

Blinco again put past the post from a good position before Greenwood put the match to bed three minutes from time when he cleverly beat a defender to bend in a low shot past the keeper.

One minute from the end, Sunderland added a fourth for good measure when Smith played in Greenwood for the wide player to get his second, hammering into the top of the net to complete a fine away performance.

Academy manager Ged McNamee said: "It was a good team performance - we played with good retention and the defence was very sound."

Sunderland: Stryjek, Ellison, Lowrie, Beadling, T Robson, E Robson, Blinco (Stinson, 83), Smith, McEvoy (Wright, 77), Greenwood, Gooch.

Subs not used: Colquhoun, Nelson.