SUNDERLAND secured their second win of the Barclays U18 Premier League season with a welcome 2-0 victory over Bolton on Saturday.
They were the better side and could easily have won by a bigger margin.
The hosts opened well and a great turn by Andrew Nelson left his marker stranded and allowed the striker to play in Jordan Blinco in a one-on-one with Bolton keeper Harry Campbell, but the keeper saved with his legs.
The opener was only delayed until the 21st minute as Blinco made amends with a stylish finish across the keeper, cutting in from the left to curl the ball in with his right foot following Denver Hume’s incisive pass.
Bolton were denied by Sunderland keeper James Talbot, who blocked a Will Abbotts shot after Dylan McEvoy was robbed inside the box.
Four minutes after the restart, Sunderland doubled the lead when Luke Molyneux cut in from the right and hit a superb, low shot past the keeper into the far corner.
Ethan Robson was just too high with a 20-yarder as Sunderland kept pressing, then Abbots somehow hit the post from two yards after Talbot fumbled a free-kick.
Coach Carlton Fairweather said: “It wasn’t the best that we have played, but the result was needed, clinching our second win. Our link-up play was good as was our defending with a clean sheet always important.”
SUNDERLAND: Talbot, Casey (Ellison 59), Hume, Wright, Colquhoun, Ledger, Blinco, E Robson (Pybus 55), Nelson (Gainya 87), McEvoy, Molyneux. Subs not used: Purvis, Graham.