Sunderland Under-18s 4 (Colquhoun 47, T.Robson 58, Gooch 67, E.Robson 90)
Stoke City Under-18s 0
STOKE CITY’S Under-18s were unable to record back-to-back away victories on Saturday afternoon as they crashed to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Sunderland.
John Perkins’ side were looking to build on a 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough last time out but four second half strikes condemned the young Potters to a heavy loss.
It was the hosts who adapted better to the extremely blustery conditions at the Academy of Light and were dominant for long periods against a City team containing just three second-year scholars in their starting
The Black Cats made the brighter start and were only denied from taking an early lead by last gasp defending from the Stoke defence as Ed Sanders cleared off the line from Jordan Blinco before a mistake by goalkeeper Dominic Kurasik was almost punished by Rees Greenwood, but the forward failed to capitalised as the backline managed to snuff out the danger in the nick of time.
Lynden Gooch was next to try his luck midway through the half but after a quick counter attack the forward whistled an effort narrowly over from just outside the box, before City gradually grew into the game as Kelvin Douglas fired off target with a free-kick from distance.
Stoke finished the half much stronger than their opponents and after Charles Weston-Hayles was denied by a last ditch challenge from six yards, schoolboy Oliver Shenton went close with a rasping drive from long range which the ‘keeper clutched out of the air as it headed for the top right-hand corner.
City were indebted to Sanders before the half drew to a close as he cleared Greenwood’s shot off the line after he had weaved his way into the box however, the defender could do nothing about the opener two minutes after the interval.
The ball was played across the box and after finding its way to Ross Colquhoun, the defender’s shot took a wicked deflection off a Stoke body to deceive Kurasik and nestle into the net.
Sunderland continued to apply the pressure early in the second period and grabbed a second on 58 minutes when they worked a clever free-kick to the byline before pulling it back to Thomas Robson who had the simple task of firing home from close range.
It went from bad to worse for City minutes later when Gooch chased down Kurasik and after beating him to the ball, he rounded the keeper and tapped into an empty net.
The Potters went in search of pulling a goal back in the remaining quarter of the game and almost got one as Shenton fired just over after working space for himself on the edge-of-the-area, before the midfielder forced Max Stryjek into a smart save from an acute angle after being played in by substitute Liam Edwards.
T.Robson went close to adding a fourth minutes before the full time whistle as he surged forward and drove his effort from distance just past the far post, however it was left to Ethan Robson to conclude the scoring from the penalty spot after the midfielder had been brought down inside the area.
Sunderland: Stryjek, Ellison, Colquhoun, Ledger, T.Robson, E.Robson, Smith, McCarthy, Greenwood, Blinco, Gooch.
Stoke City: Kurasik, Banks, Sanders, Coulson, Strong, Renee-Pringle, Roberts, Shenton, Douglas, Trialist, Charles Weston-Hayles.