SUNDERLAND Under-18s built on Tuesday’s hard-earned FA Youth Cup win over Ipswichby producing a magnificent comeback at a cold Derby training ground today.
Three goals down after only 18 minutes, the young Black Cats showed super fighting qualities to recover and could have even claimed victory by the final whistle.
The opening period was an unmitigated disaster for the Wearsiders with a display that was completely sub-standard to their normal game.
But creditably they showed great courage and resolve to rectify their appalling start.
It began on 19 minutes with a good goal by Dan Wright, heading home from a bouncing ball in the area.
Three minutes later, they reduced the deficit to 3-2 following excellent play and ending with Jordan Blinco slipping the ball under the keeper.
Remarkably, they were back to parity when Wright claimed his second when he broke into the box and eased the ball through the keeper’s legs with a controlled finish.
The rest of the half finished with the Wearsiders showing far better passing and pressing for superiority.
Although Derby hit the bar in the second period, they didn’t really threaten otherwise and Sunderland were well worth their point which could have been improved upon with more care with the final pass.
Coach Elliott Dickman was very pleased with the end result, saying, “We showed great character to come back after such a poor start.
Sunderland: Burke, Lowrie (Graham 67), Casey, Ledger, J Robson, Pybus, McEvoy (Colquhoun 45), Wright, Molyneux, Embleton, Blinco. Sub unused: Talbot