Five-goal Mason freezes out Sunderland Boys’ rivals

Sunderland Primary Schools Boys' 2015-16 squad
Sunderland Primary Schools Boys' 2015-16 squad
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Sunderland Primary Schools Boys turned up the heat to preserve their 100 per cent Harrison Cup record, outgunning previously unbeaten Stockton 10-0.

Mason Tarrant enjoyed a day to savour, plundering five of the visitors’ goals.

The Wearsiders defied a freezing cold morning, a small, heavy pitch and a first half kicking into the wind to dominate from start to finish.

The opening goal came after just five minutes, when Oliver Thompson’s through ball saw Mason Tarrant outmuscle two defenders before confidently firing past the Stockton goalkeeper.

Excellent footwork from Jake Hutchinson saw him dance through two tackles before sliding an inch-perfect through ball which Tarrant pushed past the keeper with his first touch before rolling it into an empty net for 2-0.

Hutchinson made it 3-0, crashing home a pinpoint free-kick from Thompson inside the six-yard box, and it was 4-0 just before half-time when Ellis Stanton’s superb pass found Tarrant on the far edge of the box.

He shuffled the ball onto his left foot before hooking a shot over the keeper and into the top corner to complete his hat-trick.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, Sunderland penned Stockton into their own half and the goals continued to flow.

Tarrant worked his way to the by-line and fired in a cross which went straight through the home keeper to nestle into the far corner of the net.

The Stockton keeper redeemed himself with an excellent close range save from Logan Herron’s bullet header, but he was unable to prevent Thompson converting from close range, for 6-0, after an excellent run and cross from Daniel Collins.

Tarrant completed a great personal day with Sunderland’s seventh goal, firing home his fifth from inside the six-yard box, after a surging run and fine cross from Thompson.

Defender Eden Page extended the lead to eight when he drove forward down the right before sending in a cross which deceived the keeper and floated into the top corner.

There was nothing fortunate about his second goal, though.

Shortly after, he again raced into the Stockton half before unleashing a rocket of a shot that flew past Stockton’s keeper into the top corner, to make it 9-0.

The scoring was completed late on when Bryan Taylor, who along with Tarrant and Josh Martin caused Stockton endless problems all game, cut inside onto his left foot before curling a shot from the edge of the area into the top corner of the net.

Sunderland were just as pleased with a second consecutive clean sheet, with defenders Page and Joe Errington and keeper Ethan Baillie well protected by Stanton in midfield.