U18 Report: Youth Team suffer heavy defeat on home soil

Sunderland U18 0-7 Manchester United U18

Sunderland under-18s endured a day to forget as Manchester United brushed them aside at the Academy of Light on Saturday.

United led just 2-0 at the break through Mason Greenwood’s 22nd minute opener and Aliou Badara Traore’s stoppage time goal.

 They then slid through the gears in the second 45 as Charlie McCann, Ethan Laird, D’Mani Bughail-Mellor got on the scoresheet between Greenwood and Traore’s second.

After surrendering their lead against Blackburn Rovers in their previous U18 Premier League fixture, Sunderland welcomed title-hopefuls United to Wearside. 

But despite matching them in the opening minutes, it didn’t take long before Greenwood worked some magic to give the Red Devils the lead at the midway point in the opening period.

The visitors were dominant, but the Black Cats held their own for much of the first period, only to be dealt a major blow in stoppage time at the end of the half when Traore put his effort beyond Anthony Patterson to double their advantage.

Traore then bagged his second seven minutes after the restart before McCann made it four just before the hour mark. 

Sunderland’s afternoon went from bad to worse with 20 left as Tom Smith was dismissed, and it didn’t take United long to capitalise on their man advantage further as Laird, Bughail-Mellor and Greenwood extended their lead further.

Sunderland U18: Patterson, Evans (Smith, 46), Derbali, Ord, Howard, Lilley, Edmundsson (Devine, 73) Best, Slack, Kiernan (Compper, 51), Leonard.
Subs: Bassey, Miller.

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