Manchester City U18s 6 Sunderland U18s 2: City flattered by late surge to sink young Black Cats

Ben Kimpioka was outstanding for Sunderland U18s at Manchester City
Ben Kimpioka was outstanding for Sunderland U18s at Manchester City

Four goals in the closing quarter of the match sent Sunderland spinning to a 6-2 Under-18 Premier League defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, writes Neville Pilkington.

Sunderland were well in this game at 2-2 after 65 minutes but then tired, having given their all, and City capitalised to run out winners by a flattering margin.

Sunderland took the lead on 19 minutes when striker Lee Connelly scored after neatly controlling a cross from Fergus McAughtrie.

City came back and levelled through Nabil Touazi before taking the lead, after the break, with a goal from Felix Nmecha.

The battling Wearsiders fought back to equalise when Connelly got his second. Ben Kimpioka, a constant threat throughout, played in the Scot who was once again clinical in his finishing.

However, City were ahead again when Touazi scored again with a free header on 65 minutes.

A 12-minute hat-trick by Rabbi Matoudo – a Welsh Youth international who City signed from Cardiff – finished Sunderland off as they tired after giving City a good game for most of the match.

Sunderland coach Mark Atkinson said: “We were always in contention up to 65 minutes. The score was not a true reflection of this game and we took a lot of positives from the match.”

Sunderland U18s: Patterson, Howard, Devine, Kokola (Dunn 75), Young, Evans, McAughtrie, Best (Barli 67), Kimpioka, Hackett, Connelly. Subs not used: Newman, Mumba, Edmundsson, Leonard.