Sunderland Under-18s suffer heavy defeat to Stoke City

Sunderland's Under-18s were second best throughout on Saturday, suffering a heavy 5-0 defeat by fourth placed Stoke City in the Potteries, writes Neville Pilkington.

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 6:46 pm
The Academy of Light

They just couldn't cope with a really strong, well organised team who played with pace and power and pressed well.

Sunderland coach Paul Bryson said the young Black Cats were well beaten by a ‘powerful outfit’.

The hosts were ahead after only six minutes when Goderinne beat two defenders and slotted in.

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The Potters went two up after 38 minutes with Macari sliding home at the back post from a corner.

Two minutes later, attacking mid-fielder Tom Sparrow made it a quick double set-back with his first goal as he finished a good Stoke counter attack

The same player went on to complete a hat-trick in the second half, doubling his tally on 58 minutes by hammering home from 15 yards.

Sparrow gleefully got his third, beating a defender and banging in with his left foot.

The only bright spot for Sunderland was the pleasing full match debut of Boldon school boy Jay Turner Cooke, son of Sunderland kitman John Cooke, the youngster showed good touches all match. Reflecting on the heavy defeat, Sunderland coach Paul Bryson said post match: "I was very pleased with young Jay.

“Apart from that, we were well beaten by a very powerful outfit.”

Sunderland: Newman, Smith, Baggs, Ord (Armstrong 82), Miller, Foster, Wombwell (Watts 60), Jones, Turner Cooke, Kiernan, Gooch (Dicchio 70).

Subs not used: Taylor, Kompper.