Middlesbrough U18s 0 Sunderland U18s 4: Flying start for young Black Cats

Andrew Nelson hit Sunderland's fourth goal today
Andrew Nelson hit Sunderland's fourth goal today
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Sunderland Under-18s got the new Barclays U18 Premier League season off to a flying start with a resounding away win against Middlesbrough at Rockcliffe today.

It was the second-half display that clinched the game as the first-half was a rather tight affair with no hint as what was to come.

Nevertheless, it was the Wearsiders who took the lead with a goal by Dan Pybus from 12 yards with a finish through the keeper’s legs after being played in by Andrew Nelson,

Coach Elliott Dickman regrouped the side at half-time and got an immediate response as Sunderland doubled the lead only two minutes after the restart.

Elliott Embleton played in overlapping left-back Denver Hume, who crossed for striker Josh Maja to finish easily.

It was 3-0 on the hour mark when a Luke Molyneux corner was headed back across goal by centre-back Dan Casey for fellow defender Alex Storey to score.

The match was virtually over one minute later when Sunderland hit home a fourth almost straight from the kick-off.

Molyneux again played in Nelson, who was brought down inside the box. Nelson himself emphatically scored from the resulting penalty kick.

Dickman said post-match: “We played really well in the second half to establish our superiority and take the game.”

Sunderland: Purvis, Lowrie (Graham 73), Casey, Storey, Hume, Molyneux, Wright (Krusnell 70), Pybus, Embleton, Maja, Nelson (Osora 65)