Youngsters exit Cup after derby defeat.
Sunderland’s under-18 side were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at the hands of local rivals Newcastle United after a frustrating evening on Tyneside.
A hat-trick from Magpies front man Jonathyn Quinn was enough to ensure United’s route into the next round of the competition on a chilly night at St James’ Park.
After forcing extra time at Portman Road in the first round of the competition against Ipswich Town back in December, the under-18s’ reward for their penalty shoot out win was a Tyne-Wear derby.
The game started in typical north east derby fashion, very competitively with both teams chasing every ball.
However, it was the hosts who had the better of the opening period as they dominated in possession.
Sunderland keeper Maksymilian Stryjek was tested early in the game by Quinn, who proved to be a thorn in Sunderland’s side for the rest of the evening.
The stopper turned away his first shot beyond the post and later denied the striker from the edge of the box.
Sunderland’s first chance fell to Lynden Gooch, after a clever run from Rees Greenwood set up the young American from 15 yards out but his shot was gathered by Freddie Woodman.
There was added bite in the tie on the half hour mark when Tom Beadling was booked for a late challenge on United skipper Alex Gilihead.
The resulting free kick was smashed into the Sunderland wall before the towering Stryjek plucked a second piece out of the air with ease.
Sunderland enjoyed a decent spell of play just after the half hour mark, with captain Martin Smith leading by example in the middle.
He unleashed Tom Robson down the middle but unfortunately his shot was fired straight at keeper Woodman.
Moments later a chance fell to Stinson inside the box but the youngster could gain control to get a shot away before he was dispossessed.
The visitors were left ruing missed chances when their rivals took the lead right on the stroke of half time as Quinn coolly swept home Rolando Aaron’s low cross.
United picked up where they left off after the restart, Quinn doubled his side’s lead 10 minutes into the second period as he bundled the ball over the line after Sunderland failed to clear inside the box.
After netting their second the hosts oozed confidence and none more so than scorer Quinn.
The youngster completed his hat-trick 20 minutes from time with almost a carbon copy of his opening strike; he picked up Jamie Sterry’s low cross from the right and stabbed the ball over the line.
Armstrong piled more misery on Ged McNamee's side as he pounced on sub Andrew Nelson’s back-pass to make it 4-0 to the hosts on a night to forget for the young Black Cats,
Sunderland: Stryjek, Ledger, Robson T, Robson E (Wright 75) , Colquhoun, Beadling, Robson J (Lowrie 58), Smith ©, Stinson (Nelson 56), Gooch, Greenwood
Subs: Blinco, Burke, Nelson, ,
Newcastle: Woodman, Sterry, Gillesphey ( Drennan 76), Olley, McKinnon, Satka, Gillihead, Kemen, Quinn, Armstrong, Aarons
Subs: Heardman, Pearson, Smith, , Barlaser