U16s held to draw

by Stuart Vose

Youngsters play second group game in South Africa.

Sunderland’s U16s were held to a goalless draw on the second day of the Future Champions tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The young Black Cats took on Indian side Royal Wahingdoh, dominating the game without being able to make the decisive breakthrough.

Sunderland saw plenty of the ball against a Wahingdoh side happy to defend and drop deep, but they couldn’t find the back of the net with Andrew Nelson coming closest when he fired over the top.

The Indian outfit were reduced to 10 ten men on the hour but there was no way through for the youngsters, who now face USYA Select of the United States on Wednesday.

Coach Elliott Dickman said: “We dominated from start to finish but just couldn’t score.

“They dropped deep to allow us the ball and we moved it around well, but we needed more of a cutting edge as well as taking care in the final third.”