SUNDERLAND Reserves rallied from a goal down to cruise to a comfortable Premier Reserve League win against toothless Wolves at the Academy of Light yesterday.
A host of scouts took in the game and defender Matt Kilgallon and Nyron Nosworthy, who are both available, should both have impressed.
Up front, Oumare Tounkara could easily have claimed at least a hat-trick, but was continually thwarted by Wolves’ Ireland U19 keeper Aaron McCarthy.
Following a confident start by the hosts, Wolves took a rather surprise 18th-minute lead.
John Gorman crossed from the left and Sam Wignall sidefooted from close range only for Sunderland keeper Trevor Carson to react superbly to claw the ball away from the line. Unfortunately for the keeper, Anthony Forde then came in to fire over the line.
Sunderland came back well with Nosworthy attacking down the right, combining with Billy Knott and Jordan Cook to good effect.
They levelled three minutes after the break when Michael Liddle got down the left to centre for Tounkara to steer the ball past McCarthy from a few yards out.
On 51 minutes, Cook nearly put Sunderland ahead, the Easington Lane lad trying a fierce 18-yarder which was tipped over in style by McCarthy.
But three minutes later the Wearsiders did take the lead, Kilgallon rising unchallenged at the far post to head home Cook’s corner.
Sunderland took full control and Liddle again crossed from the left for Tounkara to head down from point blank range, but somehow the ball hit McCarthy and was scrambled away.
However, the points were made safe nine minutes from time when Kilgallon again headed down a Cook corner, this time hitting a defender near the line.
But Billy Knott swivelled to hook home the loose ball and round off a convincing win for Keith Bertschin’s side.
The coach was impressed with the team performance and said: “We were frustrated to go behind, but I was very pleased with the comeback.
“It was a good reaction and we finished strongly. Oumare led the line well.
“It has been a good start to the season – two goals and a good display at Chelsea and a result here with another three goals and it could have been far more.”
SUNDERLAND RES (4-4-1-1): Carson, Nosworthy (Bagnall 82), Laing, Kilgallon, Liddle, Cook, Reed, Elliott, Deacon, Knott, Tounkara (Gorrin 82). Subs not used: Pickford, Marrs, Watson
WOLVES RES: McCarthy, Kostrna, Hemmings, Davies, Ebanks-Landell, Ihiekwe, Forde (Ismail 65), Price, Spray (McIndlen 67), Winnall, Gorman (Harris 78).