Preston North End U18s 0, Sunderland U18s 1

CONOR Hourihane's extra-time strike gave Sunderland a win in a hard-fought FA Youth Cup tie.

Preston North End U18s 0, Sunderland U18s 1
(after extra time)

CONOR Hourihane's extra-time strike gave Sunderland a win in a hard-fought FA Youth Cup tie.

Cork-born Hourihane scored in the 96th minute at a rain-soaked Deepdale to ensure Sunderland's passage into the fifth round.

The Black Cats, FA Youth Cup semi-finalists last season, will now face Arsenal at home in the fifth round.

Kevin Ball's side had some good chances to win it in normal time, the best of which fell to Blair Adams who struck the post in the 63rd minute. Adams also tested North End keeper Jack Cudworth as Sunderland recovered from a sluggish start, and skipper Dan Madden went close in the second half.

Hourihane broke the deadlock early in extra-time and could have added a second soon after when he fired over from close range.

Jamie Proctor missed a good opportunity to level it in the 118th minute, putting a shot wide from close range, but it would have been harsh on Sunderland who got stronger as the game went on.

SUNDERLAND UNDER-18s: Misiewicz; Bagnall, Madden, Cornforth, Brown, Slegg (O'Mahoney 77), Noble, Reed (Laing 94), Hourihane, Adams, Galer (Hubbuck 77).

 

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