Sunderland gave a polished, disciplined performance to gain a super away win over Manchester United in the Barclays U18 Premier League today.
The visitors produced a tremendous display, with the hosts limited to a few chances near the end, but, generally, United posed little threat throughout.
In the first half, the Wearsiders kept a very good team shape with excellent possession.
They took the lead with a break down the left by Luke Molyneux, who crossed to the far side where Jordan Blinco took a touch before drilling a hard, low right footed shot into the corner.
Sunderland looked comfortable throughout the rest of the half, playing with a really pleasing style.
The second half continued with the young Black Cats being very organised and largely in control.
In the 65th minute, defending from the front by Andrew Nelson and Dan Pybus really showed its worth with United keeper Dorrington rushed into a clearance which fell straight to Ethan Robson some 25 yards out. The midfielder capitalised on his good fortune by hammering the ball into the bottom corner.
The home side came back towards the end of the game to put Sunderland under slight pressure, but once again the young Black Cats showed quality composure to see out the match.
Post-match, coach Elliott Dickman said: “I was really pleased with the whole performance by the team – it is always difficult to come to Carrington with its immaculate pitch and excellent facilities, but we put in a tremendous show to win.”
Man United: Dorrington, Reid, Borthwick-Jackson, Tuanzebe, Williams, Thompson, Riley, Redman, Croskeag, Rashford, Rathbone.
Sunderland: Talbot, Casey, Hume, McEvoy, Colquhoun. Ledger, Blinco, E Robson, Nelson,Pybus, Molyneux. Subs: Lowrie, Purvis, J Robson, Ellison, Wright.