Sunderland produced a powerful display at Eppleton CW today to demolish a dispirited West Brom side in the Barclays U18 Premier League’s Northern Division.
Playing fast, attacking football, the Midlanders had no answer to the incessant attacking football and their two goals were really only consolation ones towards the end of the game, with the result already decided.
Andrew Nelson was the first to show for the hosts, but his hard drive was easily saved by West Brom keeper Matt Hall.
In the eighth minute, the young Black Cats took an early lead with a super goal by Luke Molyneux, who controlled a pass down the line by Josh Robson to cut in and curl a fine shot across the keeper into the far top corner.
Ten minutes later, they doubled the lead with a well-worked move. Following a great give and go with Dan Wright, striker Nelson kept his composure to go on and delicately chip the ball over the onrushing keeper’s legs.
Shortly afterwards, they made it three. Dan Pybus slipped in Nelson, who was brought down inside the box, and Pybus slammed home the resulting penalty.
Sunderland were now in complete control and played fast keep ball to run down the remaining minutes of the first-half.
The Wearsiders continued the second period in the same vein, with Nelson forcing a super save to win a corner. Molyneux made it an inswinger from the right which was met with a thumping header by Dan Casey which struck the base of the post and was turned in by Elliott Embleton for the fourth goal.
On 58 minutes, it was 5-0 when Dan Wright squared the ball across the area from the left and Nelson confidently crashed home his second with an assured finish.
West Brom’s first attempt on goal came on 69 minutes when Shay Scrivens arrowed in a tremendous set-piece from 17 yards which left Sunderland keeper Greg Purvis helpless.
Shortly before the end, Albion grabbed a second when James Smith was unopposed inside he box to volley in a corner.
The two late goals gave the match an unrealistic score line, for the Baggies had been well and truly dismantled by a decisive display of clinical finishing.
Coach Elliot Dickman predictably said post-match: “I was really pleased with the performance but was disappointed with the two goals conceded. Nevertheless, the show sets us up nicely for the Youth Cup game against Norwich on Wednesday night at the Stadium”.
Sunderland: Purvis, J Robson (Storey 59), Taylor, Casey, Hume, Molyneux (Graham 79), Bale, Pybus (Poame 60), Wright, Embleton, Nelson. Subs not used: Woud, Gamble.
West Brom: Hall, Wilson, Barbier, O’Shea, Melbourne, Elbouzedi, Field, Sweeney, Scrivens, Smith, Forss.