U18s defeat Potters

by Neville Pilkington

Youngsters net four to complete league double.

Sunderland U18 4 Stoke City U18 0

Sunderland completed a league double over Stoke with a convincing four-goal victory at the Academy of Light.

They had numerous chances to score in the first period but were unable to turn the opportunities into goals.

In a bright opening Rees Greenwood went close with a fierce drive and moments later had a shot blocked after the Stoke keeper had miscontrolled the ball.

Then Lynden Gooch hit a powerful shot just over and just before the break it was Greenwood again who saw his shot cleared just short of the line.

It had been Sunderland who had dominated the half but at the interval the game remained goalless.

However, it was a different story in the second half when they did turn their superiority into goals.

The hosts took the lead just two minutes after the restart.  Following a corner on the left, Ross Colquhoun turned the ball over the line with the help of a deflection.

On 58 minutes the lead was doubled following a well-worked free kick which saw Greenwood cross for Colquhoun, whose effort was blocked only for Tom Robson (pictured) to lash the loose ball high into the net.

It was three on the hour mark when Ethan Robson pinged a great ball down the left and the full-back could only stretch and pass back to the keeper.  The stopper's attempted clearance was charged down by Gooch, who rolled the ball into the empty net.

Sunderland keeper Max Stryjek had to make a couple of good saves as the Potters tried to make a comeback but the young Black Cats eventually added a fourth for good measure a minute before time.  

Ethan Robson who burst into the area only to be brought down - the midfielder got up to coolly sidefoot the resulting penalty low into the corner to complete an outstanding victory over both the opposition and a fierce, bitterly cold wind.

Sunderland: Stryjek, Ellison, Colquhoun, Ledger, T Robson, E Robson, McCarthy, Smith (J Robson 70), Blinco, Greenwood (McEvoy, 70), Gooch (Nelson, 61).