Away win for U18s

by Neville Pilkington

Greenwood scores twice in victory at West Brom.

West Brom U18 1 Sunderland U18 2 

A Rees Greenwood double ensured a fine away win for Sunderland's youngsters at West Brom.

The young Black Cats got off to a stunning start by taking the lead after only six minutes.  Following good link-up play, a flowing move ended in Greenwood hammering a deflected shot high into the net.

Sunderland were largely untroubled for the rest of the half with keeper Max Stryjek well protected by a sound back four of Ryan Ellison, Ross Colquhoun, captain Michael Ledger and left back Josh Robson.

The first period ended with the visitors comfortably on top and they started the second half with the same high tempo.

They doubled the lead on 57 minutes with Greenwood notching his second.  The move started with Josh Robson winning the ball in midfield and finding Ethan Robson, who in turn threaded the ball through for Greenwood to take on two players and slot home to the keepers right.

Later, Andrew Nelson nearly made it three when he set off on a long run but placed the ball just wide of keeper and post following a one-on-one. 

The Baggies came back strongly in the last 15 minutes and did pull a goal back when a runner wasn't picked up following a corner and allowed to head home.

It was a fairly hectic last five minutes but Sunderland defended well to see the game out.

Coach Carlton Fairweather said afterwards: "It was a very good performance, especially as we included two U16 players in Andrew Nelson and Josh Robson." 

Sunderland: Stryjek, Ellison (Sukar, 60), Colquhuon, Ledger, J Robson, E Robson, McEvoy, McCarthy, Greenwood, Blinco, Nelson.

Subs not used:  Pybus, Lowery, Molyneux.