OUMARE Tounkara’s late brace ensured that Sunderland’s second string began the season with a trophy under their belts.
French striker Tounkara’s double sealed what ultimately proved to be a comfortable 3-0 victory for the Black Cats’ reserves last night as they overpowered Walsall to lift the Tote Cup.
Sunderland had qualified for the final last season, but Keith Bertschin’s men have had to wait until the start of this year to get their hands on silverware.
The result could easily have gone the other way, with Walsall enjoying the best of the early chances as impressive 19-year-old striker George Bowerman got the better of a complacent Louis Laing.
Sunderland had the agility of Trevor Carson to thank and once Jordan Cook handed the hosts the lead from the penalty spot just before half-time, the Black Cats dominated.
Read Chris Young’s full report in today’s Echo.