David Moberg Karlsson

Development squad beat Hull


Moberg Karlsson and Mitchell at the double in impressive win.

David Moberg Karlsson and Adam Mitchell both bagged fine doubles as Sunderland’s development squad produced a superb second-half performance to defeat Hull City 5-1 in a mid-season friendly at the Academy of Light.

Johnny Margetts had earlier cancelled out Mitchell’s opener before Jordan Laidler put Kevin Ball’s side ahead just before the break.

The young Black Cats were set to travel to Reading in the Barclays U21 Premier League this evening, though that game was rearranged due to both clubs’ involvement in the FA Youth Cup.

Sunderland were the brighter side in the opening ten minutes with Laidler latching onto Andrew Cartwright’s through ball and rounding Joe Cracknell in the Tigers’ goal only for Ben Clappison to get back and deflect the ball behind.

Mitchell gave the under-21’s the lead just inside ten minutes as Scott Harrison’s powerful headed clearance fell into the path of the County Durham-born youngster and he curled a fine effort into the top left-hand corner of Cracknell’s goal from the corner of the box.

It was Mitchell causing most of the problems to the Hull defence throughout the early stages and he went close, after neat interplay with Lawson, to doubling the young Black Cats’ advantage only to be thwarted by Cracknell at close range.

Former Sunderland youngster Matthew Fletcher saw a low effort saved by Jordan Pickford before he pressured the England youth international into conceding possession in his own area and Margetts was on hand to tap home.

Mitchell forced another good save from Cracknell after linking up with Laidler before Harrison headed over at the back post from the resulting corner.

Ball’s side were back in front six minutes before the break as David Ferguson broke down the left and crossed for the on-rushing Laidler who got in front of his man and neatly finished from six yards.

Moberg Karlsson doubled the lead on the hour as he received the ball from Connor Oliver and broke at the Tigers’ defence before dinking a tidy finish over Cracknell.

The Swedish youngster came to life in the second half and twice cut in from the right onto his left foot and fired just over.

Substitute Billy Knott was the provider for Mitchell’s second as the Canvey Island-born forward set the ball out to Mitchell who smashed a left-footed shot against the inside of the far post and into Cracknell’s goal.

Moberg Karlsson scored his second, and arguably Sunderland’s best of the afternoon, as he finished off a good move by beating two defenders and firing a right-footed shot into the roof of the net.

Sunderland: Pickford, Cartwright, Ferguson, Oliver (Laing, 59), Harrison (Casey, 76), McNamee, Mitchell, Laidler (Knott, 49), Honeyman, Lawson (Holland, 67), Moberg Karlsson.