Short sees young Black Cats outgun Blades

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Club owner Ellis Short was an interested spectator as Sunderland Under-18s just about edged a tight game of few chances against Sheffield United in the FA Premier Academy League today, writes Neville Pilkington.

Carl Lawson was the two-goal hero for Kevin Ball’s young Black Cats, with Joe Ironside firing the Blades’ reply.

* Full report in tonight’s Football Echo