Whilst both north east teams were failing miserably in the Premier League on Saturday, there was some small consolation for Sunderland as their young players hammered Newcastle away from home.
Playing at home at Little Benton on Saturday morning, goals from Daniel Pybus, Elliot Embleton and Joel Asoio meant that all three points went back to Wearside.
United’s goalkeeper Brendan Pearson almost gifted the visitors the lead when the ball was played direct to a Sunderland player, who narrowly missed
However, after only 13 minutes the writing was on the wall, Sunderland taking the lead when a shot from Pybus took a deflection off Ben Pollock, and ended up in the back of the net.
Sunderland were in total command and after 27 minutes it was 2-0, Embleton beating Pearson after good approach work and a clever backheel from a teammate.
United’s day then got progressively worse as Owen Bailey was subbed and had to be taken to hospital with a suspected broken elbow.
Sunderland stepped off the gas which allowed Newcastle a bit more of the ball but chances were few and far between.
The second half proved to be a more even affair but Newcastle still struggled to break down their opponents’ defensive line as they continued to squander possession.
The game coming back to life when halfway through the second period Sunderland hit the woodwork, before Newcastle then immediately did the same at the other end of the pitch.
With nine minutes left it became 3-0, substitute Asoio finishing into the bottom right corner, only seconds after coming on.
Newcastle Under 18s: Pearson, Aziakonou, Kitchen, Donaghey, Pollock, Bailey (Gallacher 38), Heaney, Charman, Suddick (Long 81), Johnson (McNall 70), Smith
Newcastle United Under 18s 0 Sunderland Under18s 3