Sunderland Primary lads seal fourth successive five-a-side title

Sunderland Primary Schools' five-a-side winners
Sunderland Primary Schools' five-a-side winners
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SUNDERLAND Primary Schools Boys secured the Durham County Schools FA’s five-a-side Championship for the fourth consecutive season.

Skipper John Anderson lifted the trophy at Stanley’s Louisa Centre after six wins out of six in the round-robin tournament.

Sunderland got off to a great start with a dominant performance against Washington.

Despite being on top for most of the game and creating a number of chances, the game appeared to be heading for a goalless draw until James Harrison popped up with a late winner to secure a 1-0 victory.

The second game proved to be a lot more comfortable when two goals from Harry Gardiner, and a goal apiece from Lucas Bullock, Anderson and Harrison, secured a 5-0 victory over South Tyneside.

The Wearsiders’ clash with Darlington proved to be a lot closer and it took a single goal from Brandon Goldsmith to secure a 1-0 victory and a third consecutive win.

The result was repeated in the next match, when a Lewis Lukeman strike proved to be sufficient to see off the challenge of Derwentside.

With two games remaining, the 100 per cent start saw Sunderland enter the penultimate game against Durham in pole position.

Goals from Harrison and Bullock guaranteed a 2-0 victory which saw the side enter the final game against old adversaries Chester-le-Street knowing that a draw would be enough to secure the trophy.

The city boys started the game in a positive fashion and goals from Goldsmith and Lukeman secured an early 2-0 lead.

The excellent Ben McDonald, in goal, then conceded his first goal of the tournament to give Chester-le Street hope of the win they needed to draw level on points with Sunderland at the top of the table, but the Wearsiders showed great maturity to see out the tie and secure top spot with a sixth win in six games.