York 1 Sunderland 2

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JORDAN Cook notched twice as Sunderland came from behind to earn victory in what was a good work-out for the club’s second-string in yesterday’s closed-doors friendly at York City.

The Easington Lane-born forward cancelled out York’s opener, which was scored on the hour, with two classily taken goals in the later stages.

Billy Knott, for the first, and James Armstrong, for the second, provided the assists, but it still required fine finishing from Cook to make the most of the opportunities.

The friendly was arranged after a planned Reserve League game against Arsenal had to be scrapped because of the Gunners’ international commitments.

And the York game provided a good test for Keith Bertschin’s men, with the Blue Square Premier side fielding several senior players.

The game, in which James McClean impressed, marked the successful return to action of promising youngsters Craig Lynch and Blair Adams – both playing their first games of the 2011/12 season.

Lynch (knee) and Adams (hamstring) have been sidelined since pre-season, but both got an hour’s play yesterday, though fellow prospect Adam Reed limped out of action before the half-hour with a suspected groin strain.

Sunderland Reserves’ next scheduled home fixture is against Swansea City at the Academy of Light on Tuesday, September 13 (2pm).