Youngsters lose on south coast

by Neville Pilkington

U18's suffer narrow defeat at Southampton.

Southampton U18 2 Sunderland U18 1

Sunderland played well down in the south coast on Saturday but the young Black Cats went down to a 2-1 defeat against Southampton.

It was a game the Wearsiders dominated for long periods but they couldn't grab the victory.

The young Black Cats started positively but they fell behind on 23 minutes as miscommunication between defender Ryan Ellison and goalkeeper Maksymilian Stryjek saw the former place into his own goal beyond the Polish stopper.

Sunderland bounced back from the goal and levelled on 39 minutes as good passing and interplay was finished by Lynden Gooch (pictured) after Dan Pybus neatly pulled back for the American striker.

After the break the youngsters started well but fell behind once again when Sam Gallagher teed up Ryan Seager, who converted with an arrowed finish.

Again the visitors reacted in a positive manner with Martin Smith’s tremendously struck free-kick being well saved whilst Gooch saw his sweet volley stopped as well.

Substitute James Stinson went closest to levelling for the visitors but his header, from close range, hit the post.

Academy manager Ged McNamee felt the result was harsh on the youngsters, he said: “It was so disappointing to play well yet still come away pointless - especially after the recent hard-earned draws with Arsenal and Fulham had given us something to build on."

Sunderland: Stryjek, Ellison, Colquhoun, Beadling, T Robson, Pybus, Greenwood, Smith, E Robson, McEvoy (Stinson, 65), Gooch.