Pools Youth Team continued their positive start to pre-season with a 1-0 friendly win at Sunderland on Saturday.
It was a very tense and tight affair at the Academy of Light but Pools players looked up for the challenge against their Black Cats counterparts.
Sunderland enjoyed a lot of the ball during the early exchanges but Ian McGuckin’s youngsters defended with determination and frustrated their hosts.
Aaron Willoughby had the first chance of note for Pools when he drove through on goal only to send his shot just wide of the target.
However, the deadlock was broken when Jack Leonard intercepted the ball high up the field and drove forward before picking out Josh Scott who dug out a chipped shot to beat the keeper and put Pools 1-0 up.
Liam Pritchard began causing problems for the home side’s defence in the early part of the second half, using his pace to make the most of some good deliveries in to his path from midfield.
The winger almost created the second goal from one such raid down the flank when he picked out Joe Jackson with an excellent cross only for the effort to fly just off-target.
Pools were forced to do more defending as Sunderland pressed for a leveller and Josh Bayne came to the rescue with a wonderful goal-line clearance to protect the clean sheet and secure the victory.
“The lads got the result, kept a clean sheet and looked very resolute throughout,” admitted McGuckin.
“We were very patient in our defending and the work load we got through was very pleasing so now we have to keep on building on that.”
Full Time: Sunderland 0 Pools 1