Sunderland Under-18s crashed to a heavy four-goal defeat from an outstanding display by Manchester City at the Academy.
Second-placed City were unbeaten before the match, having won three and drawn two of their games where as Sunderland were pointless and the difference in class was soon obvious.
Sunderland keeper Oliver Pain had to make three brilliant stops before City took the lead on 31 minutes from a penalty. Pain fumbled a long ball and brought down striker Lorenzo Gonzalez in an attempt to regain possession.
City’s Ian Poveda drove in the resulting spot kick low to the keeper’s right.
The pressure continued from City with Poveda cutting in and crashing the ball against the far post with Pain beaten.
Five minutes before the break, Sancho cut in from the left and with a quick turn fed Tomina Dele-Bashiol to hammer home the second goal from 18 yards
Sunderland could have pulled one back minutes later but Lee Connelly fired well over the top from Jack Diamond’s low centre.
On 56 minutes, Poveda receiving just inside the box on the right, turned and curled a left foot shot inside the far post. The player was unmarked and allowed ample time to shoot – it was all too easy.
The final goal came on 65 minutes when the brilliant Sancho cut in from the left and hammered the fourth low into the far corner.
It completed a super display full of slick passing and movement from the dominant City team to which Sunderland had no answer.
Sunderland coach Elliott Dickman admitted afterwards his side had been second best.
He said: “It was a bad day at the office – they were by far the better side and were outstanding.”
Sunderland: Pain, Howard, McAughtrie, Young, Taylor, Bale, Diamond (Best 80), Allen, Fowler, Connelly, Kimpioka (Hickey 69). Subs not used: Woud, Hackett.
Man City: Muric, Duhanley, LatiBeaudiole, Diallo, Kigbu, Patching, Poveda, Dele-Bashiol, Gonzalez, Foden, Sancho.