Barnsley pip Sunderland youths in Academy thriller

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Sunderland U18s were pipped 4-3 by Barnsley in a thrilling FA Premier Academy League game in the Academy of Light sunshine today.

Kevin Ball’s youngsters led 2-0 and 3-2, thanks to James Brace, Adam Mitchell and substitute Jordan Laidler, but top-of-the-table visitors Barnsley drew level through Kurtis Turner, Jordan McLeod and Tom Williams before snatching a dramatic victory when full-back Matty Steade burst through on the left to cut in and hit a screamer low past keeper Joel Dixon.

* Full report in tonight’s Football Echo