Sunderland Boys quick off the mark

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SUNDERLAND Primary Schools Boys opened their league title defence in magnificent fashion, recording a resounding 10-2 Harrison Cup victory at Derwentside.

The Wearsiders never looked back after grabbing a first-minute lead, when Nathan Simpson latched onto a perfect pass from Jude Percival to confidently beat the keeper.

Five minutes later, Ellis Cowell won the ball in midfield and released Harry Gardiner, who shot across the keeper and into the far corner for a 2-0 lead.

Cowell made it three, rising from a tough challenge to fire home a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner, then he wriggled along the touchline to pull back for Lucas Bullock to slam home from six yards out.

Derwentside, creditably, rallied to finish the first half strongly, pulling a goal back with a cool chip over advancing keeper Ben McDonald.

They cut the deficit to 4-2 early in the second half, but the setback only spurred on Sunderland.

Simpson headed home a fine left-footed cross from James Harrison to get Sunderland going again, then Brandon Goldsmith made it 6-2 when he outpaced the defence and fired a shot across the keeper which was helped into the net by a helpless defender.

Goldsmith freed Gardiner, who cut inside a defender before firing past the keeper, and Goldsmith was also the architect of the eighth goal, Lewis Lukeman bundling home his shot at the far post.

Percival took Sunderland into double figures with a quick fire double, a nice finish from close rage and a ferocious half-volley from just inside the box.

Sunderland visit Chester-le-Street on Saturday.