UNBELEIVABLE; U21s Came From Behind to Finish on Top.

In their matchup with Aston Villa, Sunderland Under-21s overcame a 2-0 deficit to win all three points.
Harry Gardiner scored twice, and Tom Lavery added a late goal to complete the scoring and secure the three points and back-to-back victories.

Six minutes into the game, Teddy Rowe, an Aston Villa player, had the game’s opening opportunity when he picked up the ball on the edge of the box and shot just wide.

Fin Munroe nearly gave the hosts the lead, but Adam Richardson made a fantastic close-range save to stop it.

As Watson took up the ball and played through Gardiner, Graeme Murty’s team searched for a gaping opportunity. Gardiner’s shot hit the side-netting.

Only two minutes later, the enemies scored. Rico Richards snagged the opening score after the corner ball was received.

Watson again drove into the area as the Lads looked for a quick reaction, but James Wright saved Watson’s shot with his hands.

Just before halftime, Gardiner scored from Lavery’s cross to cut the deficit in half.

Thirty minutes from the end, Sunderland’s early domination in the second half paid off with an equalizer. Following a mix-up in the area, Gardiner calmly slid the ball past Wright for his second goal and the Lads’ second.

The hosts were down to ten men with 15 minutes remaining. For a risky challenge on Jones, Frankie Ealing, who had just joined the pitch, received a straight red.

The magic moment arrived with one minute remaining on the clock! Watson moved to the byline with the ball on the left side and then crossed it for Lavery, who scored a touchdown.

With 20 minutes left on the clock, the hosts had a second. Feeney slid his header past Richardson and into the bottom corner from a subsequent corner ball.

The Black Cats began to take control of the game despite Villa’s dominance, and their efforts were rewarded with a goal right before halftime. Prior to playing his through, Bennette kept the ball up nicely

The winning shot was the ball into the net’s roof.
Peterborough will be the next opponent for Graeme Murty’s team in Premier League Cup play.

Richardson, Lavery, Fieldson, Bell, Bainbridge, Burke (Chiabi 63), Jones (Thompson 80), Watson, Bennette (Robertson 72), Spellman, and Gardiner are the players for Sunderland AFC.

Metcalfe, Robertson, Whittaker, Chiabi, and Thompson are the replacements.



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