Youngsters downed by Wolves

by Neville Pilkington

Single goal ends youngsters' winning run.

Sunderland U18 0 Wolves U18 1

Sunderland suffered only their second defeat in five game as they went down by a solitary goal to Wolves at the Academy of Light on Saturday.

The visitors opened the better side and Jamie Deevers shot tamely straight at Sunderland keeper Peter Burke from a good position.

The hosts replied with James Stinson shooting over the bar from a centre by Rees Greenwood and then Greenwood himself headed over from Martin Smith's corner.

It was still goalless at half time but six minutes after the break, Wolves struck what turned out to be the winner; Ibrahim Keith rolled his defender and chipped a delicate shot into the top corner for a very well taken goal.

Sunderland's best chance came from midfielder Dan Pybus who let fly from 25 yards but saw his shot brilliantly tipped over the bar by Wolves keeper Scott Dutton.

It was the nearest the young Black Cats came to equalising in a game of very few chances and one Sunderland will feel they deserved at least a point out of.

Coach Carlton Fairweather said: "It was an even game and we are very disappointed with the result.

“Wolves played in a direct manner and had one shot on target from which they scored - the marking should have been tighter for the goal and I think on the run of play we probably deserved at least a point.”

Sunderland: Burke, Ledger (Ellison, 46), Colquhoun, Beadling, T. Robson, Pybus (Nelson, 70), Greenwood, Smith, E. Robson, Gooch, Stinson.

Subs not used:  Stryjek, McEvoy, Blinco.