Aiden McGeady hands Sunderland a boost as he stars in Hartlepool friendly victory

Aiden McGeady made his first appearance of pre-season during Sunderland’s behind closed doors friendly with Hartlepool United.

By Mark Donnelly
Monday, 29 July, 2019, 16:38
Aiden McGeady made his first Sunderland appearance of pre-season against Hartlepool United

And it is understood the winger netted during the 5-2 triumph over the National League side, handing Jack Ross a timely fitness boost ahead of the League One season opener this weekend.

A strong Sunderland side faced Pools, with new signing Marc McNulty netting a hat-trick during the triumph – building on a positive cameo display against Heerenveen on Saturday.

Chris Maguire also got on the scoresheet for the Black Cats, while Luke James and Niko Muir found the net for Hartlepool.

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The behind-closed-doors clash at the Academy of Light was Sunderland’s final game before they kick-off their third tier campaign against Oxford United on Saturday, August 3.

And the performances of McGeady and McNulty, among others, will prove a welcome positive for Ross ahead of the new season.