Young Black Cats defeated by the league leaders.
Sunderland’s under-18 side went down 2-0 to Barclays U18 Premier League leaders Manchester City in stormy conditions in the north-west on Saturday afternoon.
The young Black Cats went down to a goal in either half against City’s young side who are now unbeaten in 12 games.
Kean Bryan opened the scoring on the half hour for the Citizens as he smashed into the roof of the net from the edge of the box despite the best efforts of Peter Burke in the Sunderland goal.
The conditions got worse as the game progressed and both sides were hampered in their attempts to try and play free-flowing football.
Bersant Celina sealed the win for City after ten second-half minutes as coach Carlton Fairweather rued two mistakes in a close affair at City’s Carrington training complex.
"I thought we played very well,” Fairweather said. “Two silly mistakes cost us the game – we had several chances to get back into it but unfortunately we didn't take them.”
Sunderland: Burke, Ledger, T. Robson, Colquhoun, Beadling, E. Robson, Smith, Wright, Greenwood (Pybus, 45), Nelson (Stinson, 65) Gooch (Blinco, 80).