Sunderland-Middlesbrough U18 game abandoned after just seven minutes

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Sunderland Under-18s’ Barclays U18 Premier League Northern Division clash with Middlesbrough was abandoned after just seven minutes of play at the Academy of Light today.

The waterlogged pitch proved unplayable, despite a delay of 10 minutes to the kick-off, in an attempt to remove the excess water by machine.

Ironically, the Under-16 game between the clubs, played on an adjacent pitch, started on time and continued. Thirty minutes later, the rain had stopped and the sun was out.

Academy director Ged McManee could not ever remember a game being abandoned at the Academy.