Luke James and Niko Muir were both on target but a Pools XI
fell to a 5-2 behind-closed-doors defeat against Sunderland at The Academy of
The Black Cats raced in to a two-goal lead in the game before
James was set away by a pass from Liam Noble and he wriggled his way in to thebox before finding space to fire home.
It was all-square when Muir pounced on a moment of
hesitation at the back from the hosts and he produced a clinical finish low into the bottom corner of the net.
With the scores level, Pools fancied their chances to going
on to win but it was the home side who found the greater cutting edge in theclosing stages to score three times and take the victory.
Full Time: Sunderland XI 5 Pools XI 2