MIKAEL Mandron earned a point for Sunderland U21s at Reading after the home side had taken an early lead.
The French striker – newly returned from a loan spell at Fleetwood – tapped home the rebound after his shot from the penalty spot was saved.
An open first half’s play saw chances for both side and Sunderland keeper Joel Dixon had to be at his best.
A George Honeyman effort was blocked by Reading keeper Dan Lincoln in the opening minutes before Louis Laing headed a Mandron flick-on just over the bar.
Reading took the lead just 10 minutes into the game through Gozie Ugwu, who drove a low shot past Dixon from the right of goal.
Sunderland worked hard to stay in the game and were rewarded with a penalty when Honeyman was fouled in the box.
Mandron saw his shot from the spot saved by Lincoln but reacted quickly to fire home the rebound and gain Kevin Ball’s men a share of the spoils in the last away game of the season.
Sunderland: Dixon, Cartwright, T Robson, Laidler, Laing, McNamee, Gooch (sub Greenwood, 73), Smith, Mandron, Lawson, Honeyman. Subs not used: Watson, Purvis, Ledger.