Youngsters' unbeaten run comes to an end

by Neville Pilkington

Five-game winning run broken by Magpies.

Sunderland U18 0 - 1 Newcastle United U18

Sunderland’s under-18 side saw their five-game winning run come to an end at the hands of their Tyneside rivals Newcastle United at the Academy of Light on Saturday morning.

Tom Heardman bagged the only goal of the game on 55 minutes as the young Black Cats lost their first game in over a month.

It was a scrappy game in which Sunderland’s youngsters never got into their normal fluent passing game which has been such a feature in recent matches.

The Tynesiders gave notice of their intent as early as the second minute when striker Heardman hit the bar with a looping header.

Sunderland replied with Martin Smith shooting wide with a long range effort before Lynden Gooch was much closer with a low shot just past the post.

Smith whipped in two set-pieces from the left with no one able to get on the end of them but defender Tom Beadling had to be at his best with a super block in the area as the visitors pressed before the break.

Ten minutes after the restart, Newcastle took the lead with what proved to be the winning goal. Magpies’ winger Callum Roberts centred from the left for striker Heardman to come in and side-foot first time past Sunderland keeper Peter Burke.

Roberts had another good attempt later in the game but injured himself in the process and was subsequently stretchered off.

As the game entered the latter stages there was still no real build-up of pressure to give any glimmer of hope of saving the game by the home side with Beadling firing over from 20 yards with the last kick of the game.

Academy Manager Ged McNamee was very honest in his summary saying: "It was very disappointing - we never got going in a scrappy game.

“One goal was always going to settle it and unfortunately we weren’t at our best today."

Sunderland:  Burke, J. Robson, T. Robson, Colquhoun, Beadling, E. Robson, Greenwood (McEvoy, 64), Smith, Stinson, Gooch (Nelson, 70), Molyneux (Blinco, 75),

Subs not used:  Purvis, Pybus.