Training at the Academy of Light

U18s lose out to Everton

by Neville Pilkington

Youngsters suffer home defeat.

Sunderland U18 0 Everton U18 2

A rather lacklustre match ended with Everton just about deserving the win that they ground out at the Academy of Light.

It wasn't until the 25th minute that the first goalmouth action came, from which Sunderland should have taken the lead.

A corner on the right was taken by Martin Smith and when Ross Colquhuon headed down to Jas Sukar it seemed that a goal was on the cards, but the defender fired over from six yards out.

The game was still goalless at half time but six minutes into the second half Everton broke the deadlock when tall winger Callum Dyson headed in from a right-wing cross.

Sunderland came back when a shot by Smith was tipped over by Everton keeper and captain Russell Griffiths.

Then Everton's powerful striker Courtney Duffus burst through but shot over from an angle and later had a super header saved by Purvis. 

The Merseysiders were turning the screw now and Harry Charsley headed wide of an open goal, but in the 82nd minute they did seal the game.

The home defence lost possession on the edge of the box allowing Everton sub Michael Donohue to go on and smash the ball home.

Sunderland had no comeback as the Toffees saw out the game.

Coach Carlton Fairweather said: "They were probably the better side and caused us lots of problems with their movement especially in the second half. 

“We had one great chance in the first hlf and at 1-0, you're still in it but then we give away a soft second."

Sunderland:  Purvis, Ledger, Surkar (Ellison, 45), Wright, Colquhoun, Smith, J Robson, E Robson (Pybus, 72), Nelson (Molyneux, 58), Blinco, McEvoy.

Subs not used:  Talbot, McCarthy.