Dramatic 8 goal Sunderland v Newcastle derby – Under 18 hat-trick hero and back from defeat 3 times
It is now five years and counting since we last had a Newcastle v Sunderland / Sunderland v Newcastle derby.
A first team one anyway.
Sunderland in recent weeks doing everything they can to ensure they stay in League One for a fourth season in a row. Whilst Steve Bruce looks to have fluked safety, with Fulham falling apart as the season nears its end.
So no immediate signs of a first team derby coming back any time soon.
On Saturday though the two clubs went head to head, with the under 18s putting on a classic Sunderland v Newcastle derby. A derby that had pretty much everything, apart from a winner.
The game on Wearside saw Newcastle United take an early lead through Dylan Stephenson, only for Sunderland to equalise on 16 minutes.
The turn around was complete, the Mackems scoring just before half-time to lead 2-1 at the break.
Dylan Stephenson then came out and equalised almost immediately after the restart with his and Newcastle’s second goal.
Ten minutes into the second half and Sunderland were back in front, only for Dylan Stephenson to get his hat-trick goal with just over ten minutes of the game remaining, to save a point.
Back up the other end though and Sunderland make it 4-3, Dylan Stephenson set to experience one of those rare events of scoring a hat-trick but ending up on the losing side.
However, with six minutes left on the clock, a Jamie Miley penalty saw Newcastle back on levels terms for the third time after being behind.
Sunderland Under 18s 4 Newcastle United Under 18s 4
Newcastle United: Banda, Oliver, Midgley (Ndiweni 72), Carlyon (Gilchrist 58), Brannen, Barclay, de Bolle, Miley, Stephenson, Scott, Thomson (Crossley 58)
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