After the first team defeated Newcastle 3-0 three days prior, the reserves ran out 2-0 winners. Reserve team manager Kevin Ball was full of praise for his side, proud to have mirrored the first team.
Ball told SportMail: “I thought the performance of the first-team on Saturday was brilliant and I thought last night we matched it. We mirrored what they did.”
“I thought we were very professional and created a lot of chances. If anything, I’d probably be a bit critical of wanting to see one or two more.
“We really didn’t give them a sniff. They had a couple of headers from out wide, but all-in-all, I thought we were very good.”
An intensely contested first half ended goal less, with both sides struggling to create clear cut chances. Sunderland broke the deadlock after the interval courtesy of a disputed Jordan Laidler penalty.
The Magpies felt aggrieved, as they believed Remy Streete’s foul was outside of the box. Sunderland then wrapped up the result via a tidy finish from U18 captain Martin Smith.
“It was one of those games where it was like the first few rounds of a boxing match when you’re waiting to see who does what,” Ball added.
“I thought all of a sudden after half-time, when we had said someone needed to take it by the scruff of the neck and three or four did that. They all stepped up to the plate.”