Sunderland U18s 3 Newcastle United U18s 1

SUNDERLAND took derby bragging rights thanks to Jordan Laidler's double-salvo.

SUNDERLAND took derby bragging rights thanks to Jordan Laidler's double-salvo.

Laidler struck twice and had a hand in the other as Sunderland gave their senior counterparts a target to match for when the two main squads meet in a fortnight’s time.

The game opened with a tale of two penalties. First the visitors took the lead in 14 minutes when Sam Adjei was brought down by Jordan Watson on the edge of the area. The winger got up to bang home the resulting penalty low to keeper Lewis King’s right.

Three minutes later, Newcastle keeper Jak Alnwick brought down Laidler and Nathan Wilson scored from the spot.

Shortly afterwards Alnwick had to be at full stretch to turn a Adam Mitchell strike around the post and later had to repeat the save to deny Mitchell again.

Just before the break the Wearsiders made their pressure pay when Mitchell flicked the ball over Alnwick from the left and Laidler anticipated well to race in ahead of a defender to turn the ball over the line.

The second period was mainly a midfield battle until the 69th minute a shot by Billy Knott was half-blocked and flew over the top.

However, in the 74th minute it was the Magpies who went close when Remie Streete headed back across the goal from a corner and Adam Campbell saw his low shot cleared off the line.

Six minutes later Streete hit the bar with a header from a corner and Sunderland raced away down the left for Mitchell to play in Laidler who coolly rolled the ball past Alnwick.

The win could have even been more emphatic but for another controversial decision when Mitchell held back and looked along the line to go clean through to score only to be given offside just before the final whistle.

Coach Kevin Ball said: “Although I was delighted with the result I felt we were not quite ourselves. Some of our play and performances disappointed me, but although they created chances we created more than enough to win.”

SUNDERLAND: King, Marrs, Egan, Lamb, Watson, Wilson, Harrison, Elliott, Laidler, Mitchell, Knott. Subs (not used): Gorrin, Callaghan, Brace, Oliver, Dixon.

NEWCASTLE: Alnwick, Nicholson, Toland, Sayer (54 Henderson), Streete, Folan, Adjei. Logan, Taylor, Richardson, McGorrigan (54 Campbell). Subs (not used): Storey, Robinson, Ions.

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