Sunderland U18s suffer heavy defeat to Blackburn - but young striker shines

Defensive frailties were largely to blame for Sunderland Under 18's 5-2 defeat by Blackburn Rovers Under 18’s in Saturday's game at the Academy of Light, writes Neville Pilkington.

Monday, 19th August 2019, 13:00 pm
Updated Monday, 19th August 2019, 13:00 pm
Sunderland suffered defeat to Blackburn Rovers

After 37 minutes even play with both sides having chances Sunderland actually took the lead. Striker Cole Kiernan latched on to a good through ball from Jack Armstrong to hold off a defender and score from 15 yards.

But a poor back pass from Ryan Wombwell let in Sam Durrant to level two minutes later and then a left side cross provided a tap in at the back post for Jake Garrett to give Rovers the lead at the break.

Blackburn's Sam Burns doubled the advantage on 58 minutes - but five minutes later the Wearsiders hit back with the lively Kiernan getting his second after heading in from a corner.

It looked to be game on as Sunderland switched to a 4-4-2 formation and brought on another forward in order to take the game to Rovers.

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Unfortunately they were caught on the break trying to level and allowed Rovers James Horlock to double the lead with a header.

In stoppage time, the visitors made it five, Durrant getting his second from the penalty spot following a trip.

Sunderland coach Paul Bryson said "We were punished for avoidable mistakes and were very disappointed with the goals."

Sunderland: Cameron, Wombwell, Miller (Pye 46), Jones, Armstrong, Ord, Gooch (Bruce 78), Krakue, Kiernan, Foster (Dicchio 60). Watts.