Sunderland Foundation of Light Scholars scored four goals in nine minutes to come back from 1-0 down and claim all three points to continue their league title push against Crystal Palace A on Wednesday.

A Crystal Palace red card saw the game turn on its head and Sunderland capitalised to remain top of the league.

The Eagles opened the scoring in the 16th minute after some poor defending from Sunderland, which allowed the Crystal Palace striker to slot the ball past the keeper.

Sunderland struggled to get back into the game in the first half despite Aaron Duell and Alex Ramshaw forcing saves from the Palace keeper.

The Wearsiders eventually equalised through Aaron Thompson after he was laid off on the edge of the box to make it 1-1 in the 71st minute.

And just one minute later frustration got the better of a Crystal Palace midfielder and he was sent off for arguing with the referee.

Sunderland took immediate advantage of the red card when Nathan Richardson scored from inside the box after the Palace defence failed to clear a Duell free kick.

Jak Hanson put the game beyond doubt for Sunderland after striking the ball into the top corner and making it 3-1 with 11 minutes remaining, before Richardson finished the game off by getting his brace with a powerful shot driven into the bottom corner a minute later.

The win saw Sunderland go five points clear of second placed Coventry Scholars before the midlands side closed the gap with victory over Crystal Palace B later in the day.

Sunderland’s Brad Thompson admits the league and cup double is very much on the minds of the players saying: “Obviously it’s in everyone’s head. Another good win today and we go again next time.”