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)