Cumbrians edge U18 side

by Oscar Chamberlain

Under-18s defeated by second-half penalty.

Carlisle United U18 1 Sunderland U18 0

Sunderland U18s suffered defeat at Carlisle United on Monday afternoon, narrowly losing 1-0 in what was another positive display.

Last week the young Black Cats began their pre-season campaign with a 2-2 draw against Gateshead College, and they would have maintained their unbeaten record had it not been for a second-half penalty.

Speaking to, coach Elliott Dickman admitted it was a tough afternoon for the under-18s, but he backed the side to learn from the experience and come back stronger.

“It was tough but it was a good experience," he said. “Credit to Carlisle because they were also very organised and they made it difficult for us.

"They were hard to break down and unfortunately when we created chances we could have been better in the final third.”

He added: “Overall the performance was pleasing, it was another good work-out for the players and as their fitness improves so will their performances.”

A number of Academy players were called up for development squad duty on Saturday, leading to a knock on effect which saw three under-16s feature against Carlisle, and Dickman was pleased with their performance.

“It is only our second match of pre-season and we had a much younger side today than the one that faced Gateshead.

“Today the squad included three under-16s and there are certainly things we will work on in training, but on the whole it was a positive performance."

He continued: “We had lots of possession and created a few good chances, but a ball down the left caught us out and led to the penalty which ultimately made the difference.”