Sunderland U18s 3 Southampton U18s 4

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Sunderland U18s went down 4-3 in an opening-day thriller against Southampton as the new era of the Professional Development League began.

Dangerous winger Ryan Seager bagged a brilliant hat-trick to inspire the visitors, who led 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2.

Callum Hope’s superb strike for Sunderland was followed by efforts from sub Ross Holland and Carl Lawson.

* Full report and pictures in tonight’s Football Echo