Louis Laing

U21s draw at Bradford


Development squad impress against experienced Bradford side.

Sunderland’s development squad drew 1-1 with Bradford City at the Bantams’ Coral Windows Stadium in a mid-season friendly on Tuesday afternoon.

Louis Laing gave the young Black Cats the lead before Oliver McBurnie levelled for the hosts in the second-half.

The League One outfit started with seven first-team players including Mark Yeates, Andy Gray, Matthew Dolan and Chris Atkinson.

Kevin Ball’s side opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Laing drove forward with purpose through the heart of City's defence before drilling home into the corner with a powerful shot from just inside the box.

The Bantams hit the bar in the early stages of the second-half before Gray was denied at point-blank range by Sunderland keeper Joel Dixon, who produced a fine reaction save.

Bradford’s equaliser came not long after the hour mark as Kyle Bennett crossed for McBurnie to power a header beyond Dixon.

The young Black Cats will be pleased to get another solid effort in against an experienced outfit before they head to Norwich City's Carrow Road in the Barclays under-21 Premier League on Monday evening.

Sunderland (from): Dixon, Cartwright, Ferguson, Agnew, McNamee, Harrison, Mitchell, Laing, Laidler, Lawson, Holland, Burke, Smith, Lawson, Honeyman, Watson.